mapiano Music is making waves in South Africa, and what better way to celebrate the genre than producing music awards solemnly focused on Amapiano. The music genre has been characterized as the go-to genre in the country at the moment, from the vibes the hits have introduced to the unique dancing styles that have come about from Amapiano Music. This can be identified as a prominent moment for the genre, but the Inaugural South African Amapiano Awards are questioned since the publication of the nominees’ list!
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The Inaugural SA Amapiano Awards should be a time that artists that have put the Amapiano genre on the map to be acknowledged and celebrated but instead, fans and musicians are not recognizing the Inaugural Amapiano Awards in that light. The publication of the nominees’ list has taken a celebratory moment to a questionable one.
The SA Amapiano Awards nominees are categorized as follows:
Best Amapiano Music Video, Best Amapiano Newcomer, Friends of Amapiano, Most Viral Amapiano Song of The Year, Best Amapiano Dance Act, Amapiano Artist of The Year, and lastly Amapiano Song of the Year.
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Fans of the music genre questioned why acts like Njelic who produced hits after hits like Shesha Geza, Liyashona, and Nana Thula were not recognized as nominees. Riky Rick’s nomination is also raising eyebrows, as individuals do not identify him as an Amapiano artist but a musician that is following a trend and the wave of the genre. Tweeps are associating the awards with identifying artists that are trending on socials rather than those deserving of recognition like the initiators of Amapiano.
“You guys are awarding people like Riky Rick & Uncle Vinny who are just riding the wave and sidelining artists like Gaba Canal, Jaivane, Kevin Momo, Njelic. This genre will die soon because you choose to appreciate wave riders and not the root of the genre.” – @dumisane_ tweeted.
Fans are not pleased with Uncle Vinny being nominated over a number of artists that have pioneered the genre regardless of him being under the Dance Act category, together with Pabi Cooper. The names of Kelvin Momo, ATK Music, Killer Kau, and Mdu aka Trp, are the topic on the socials as to why they are not amongst the nominees.
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“Where is Pabi Cooper & Uncle Vinny going via #Amapiano awards mara.” – @Gapsin1 tweeted.
Record producer, DJ Maphorisa is one of the artists that has a number of questions regarding the Inaugural Amapiano Awards. The record producer took to social media to ask: “Who created the SA Amapiano Awards?” This is a question that a number of fans are asking since the release of the nominees’ list but it remains a mystery.
DBN Gogo has been nominated 6 times for the SA Amapiano Awards.
SA Amapiano Awards‘ team is continuing and mostly ignoring all questions put to them in relation to their processes.