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Entertainment - Date: 20 July 2019
Written by: Ndivhuwo Musetha / Viewed: 1445
All systems are up and running for the Tshivenda Music Awards (Tshimas), following the launch held at the Khoroni Hotel last Saturday evening.
The launch of the sixth Tshima ceremony was attended by Cllr Robert Magada, who was standing in for Vhembe Executive Mayor Dowelani Nenguda, Cllr Tshimangadzo Malada, who was acting on behalf of Thulamela Mayor Avhashoni Tshifhango, awards founder Augustine Nethononda, partners from the Lotteries Commission of South Africa, the National Heritage Council, African Bees Investment, Spar Thohoyandou, Khoroni Hotel, Vhembe District Municipality, Thulamela Local Municipality, Limpopo Department of Arts and Culture, artists, producers and members of the media.
Phalaphala FM, the media partners, was represented by several presenters, producers and the marketing officer.
To participate, artists were advised to fill in a two-page form that is available at www.tshima.org.za and submit it to Spar Mvusuludzo in Thohoyandou, Spar Biaba and Makhado Information Centre.
Artists who are in Gauteng can submit the forms at Tshima’s offices in Midrand. Forms can be submitted from 22 July to 22 August.
In order to qualify, albums must have been released between 30 June 2018 and 30 June 2019
Winning artists in all 14 categories will receive a trophy and R30 000, while the prize for the song of the year is R50 000.
Nethononda said the category of Hit Single was removed and replaced with the category of King and Queens of Venrap. He said the former category was removed because few entries were received for it in the previous years. The new category was introduced to woo new young artists, especially young ladies.
This is done to encourage young ladies to be involved in music as they were lagging before. Trophies will also change, together with statuettes given to lifetime achievers.
Nethononda added he was happy that the huge interest in the awards was attracting 20 000 more entries every year. He said he was confident that several entries would improve this year.
However, his concern was that old albums were not available for music lovers. He advised old and new artists to consider using new technology to sell their music, so that they could reach a wider market, including international markets.
Artist Lwei Netshivhale, who gave a brief workshop, advised artists, especially Vendas, to be original and avoid copying others. Cllr Magada said the district municipality was fully behind the Tshimas. “The Tshimas are helping to develop our young as well as established artists. We are appealing that the awards continue as an annual event. We also appeal for our artists to continue producing our own music,” said Magada.
The Tshima awards will be presented at the Thohoyandou Town Hall on 28 September.
The SABC crew: Rendani Sikhwivhilu, Rofhiwa Nethengwe, Thilivhali ‘Big T’ Muavha and Vhahangele Mulelu, photographed during the event.