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The second annual Hip Hop Kaslam Spaza Awards put local talent under the spotlight this weekend.
The awards are the brainchild of youth culture practitioner Lady P and musician/organiser, Dat (pictured), who founded the Hip Hop Kaslam movement which has, for the past four years, put together regular events at the Baxter Theatre.
Once again, the Baxter Theatre will be the venue for the The Hip Hop Kaslam Spaza Awards which take place on Saturday from 5pm to 8pm.
The awards everyone will be vying to win are Best Spaza Album, Best Vernacular Poet, Best Spaza Beatmaker, Best Spaza Male, Best Spaza Group, Best Spaza Lyricist and Best Spaza Video.
In addition to the nine categories that make up the awards, Lady P and Dat will be celebrating someone special in the Best Hip Hop Kaslam Supporter category. This is obviously the only non-musical award.
On the night of the event, there will be two awards that will be solely voted for by the audience. The categories are Best Song and Best Performer. The rest of the awards are voted for by a panel of industry professionals.
The rules that are held in high regard when it comes to the voting process are that nominees should be elected based on the quality of the musical product - never based on album sales or personal relationships.
Last year, the awards aimed to celebrate the current Spaza practitioners, but also draw attention to the movement as a whole.
This year, the aim is to salute those who have been consistently delivering quality music as well as those up-and- coming acts who are also producing songs people want to listen to.
For those who are still unaware of Spaza even though it’s been on the rise for a number of years, it is a mixture of indigenous languages and sometimes English as a medium of artistic expression, particularly within the hip hop culture.
Spaza is mostly prevalent in the Western Cape and some of the most recognisable acts in the sub-genre include Dat and Driemanskap among others. At this year’s awards, you can expect to see the likes of Dat, Buli, Sugah, Ndlulamthi, Site-C Squad, Sphura EC, Sound Fusion and Zubenice live on stage.
The Hip Hop Kaslam Spaza Awards take place at the Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch, on Saturday. 5pm. Tickets are R50 at Computicket and Shoprite Checkers outlets. Solomons Bus Service will sponsor a bus service for awards attendees from Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Delft. For more information, please call 082 352 6490.