The 1995 Source Awards. That was the closest description of the sixth annual South African Hip Hop Awards (SAHHAs), which took place at The Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg last night. Why that comparison?
While no one was accused of being an executive who wants to be “all up in the videos, dancing,” the very long ceremony was capped off by a line that those who were present will remember forever: “Tumi, you ain’t do sh*t for me, bro”.
Cassper Nyovest, who scooped six awards on the night, didn’t mince his words after veteran, Tumi Molekane aka Stogie T, namedropped rappers who have come through his studio and whose careers he helped. Mufasa didn’t take kindly to being mentioned.
Of course, Nyovest performed and his Family Tree signee, Gemini Major took home the Producer of the Year award. YoungstaCPT, who opened the show with two songs to a receptive audience rightfully scooped the Lyricist of the Year Award. And many people’s minds were left boggled when DJ Sliqe’s album, Inja Yam Vol 1, was given the Album of the Year pyramid.
Comedian, Nina Hastie held it down as the host with the most and she was joined by a surprisingly sharp and hilarious Amu as co-host. Staying true to his moniker as The Principal of Mzansi hip hop, he scolded winners about it being corny to mention competitors in acceptance speeches.
Speaking of speeches, in his, Kwesta kept things brief. “I just wanna say one thing and one thing only: thank you.” This is after he was given a standing ovation with several people bowing before his name was even read as a winner.
All in all, the SAHHAs were eventful, extremely well attended and filled with more spice than Colonel Sanders’ kitchen. Will Stogie T respond to Cass? Time will tell. But for now, here is the full list of the winners of the 2017 SAHHAs.
See the full list of winners below:
HONORARY AWARD: DJ Bionic & DJ Blaze
MOST VALUABLE: Cassper Nyovest
BEST LOCAL BRAND: StylaGang Original Designs
BEST INTERNATIONAL BRAND: KFC
BEST DANCE CREW: Creed Crew
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR: Junior Lavie
DJ OF THE YEAR: DJ Speedsta
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Cassper Nyovest - Thuto
BEST FRESHMAN/Newcomer: Shane Eagle
MIXTAPE OF THE YEAR: Sliqe - Injayam Vol .1
HUSTLER OF THE YEAR: Cassper Nyovest
LYRICIST OF THE YEAR: YoungstaCPT
BEST GRAFFITI: Psalm 1
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Gemini Major
BEST COLLABO: AKA & Anatii - 10 Fingers
BEST FEMALE: Rouge - New Era Sessions
BEST MALE: Cassper Nyovest
BEST HIP HOP RADIO SHOW: Motsweding FM -Motswako wa Hip Hop
BEST VIDEO: Cassper Nyovest - ft Goapele - Destiny Directed by Kyle White
SONG OF THE YEAR: Kwesta ft Thabsie - Ngiyazfela Ngawe
BEST DIGITAL SALES: Kwesta -
5x Platinum - NGud (Single)
1x Platimun - Maibabo (Single)
1x Platinum - Nomayini (Single)
BEST REMIX: Frank Casino & Riky Rick - Whole Thing (Remix)
KING OF NORTHERN CAPE: Dj Speedy V
KING OF EASTERN CAPE: Yahkeem
KING OF KWAZULU NATAL: Junior Lavina
KING OF FREE STATE: Ba2cada
KING OF MPUMALANGA: Fortune Nthekathi
KING OF NORTH WEST: Dj Big Boy SA
KING OF WESTERN CAPE: Ready D
KING OF LIMPOPO: Hip Hop Live SA
KING OF GAUTENG: Kool Out
MILESTONE: Cassper Nyovest - Fill Up Orlando Stadium