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WHAT HIP HOP AWARDS? - ARTISTS ASK

By Nomfundo Sifundza | 2017-11-15

THE inaugural event kicked off with a bang but this year not even the artists know a single detail.

The Swaziland Hip Hop Awards (SHHAs) inaugural event took place last year at Esibayeni Lodge and was not without glamour and the inevitable glitches of an event.

However, winning artists walked home happy with their awards and a promise of a trip to Las Vegas for the ‘Most Popular Hip Hop Artist of the Year’ award winner, LCBizzy, although the trip never happened.

When asked if he was nominated this year for the prestigious ceremony, LCBizzy asked “what hip hop awards.”

The rapper said he was actually puzzled by information on social media that suggested the event would take place this weekend at an unknown venue.

LCBizzy was not the only rapper in the dark about the awards as yet another star who swept off two awards last year, 80 Script asked the same question.

He said “maybe the organiser is actually trying not to be found.”

 He said this with reference to last year’s escapade when HE found out of his nomination on social media as nothing else was communicated to him until he was informed of the two new gongs in his bag. “Even last year I was not informed formally of my nominations, I only found out about them on social media, but I appreciated the two awards I received even though I could not attend the actual ceremony,” said 80 Script.

80 Script is also the artist who won the most coveted ‘Hip Hop artist of the Year’ gong at the prestigious MTN SWAMA Awards in August.

Efforts to reach the man who put together last year’s ceremony proved futile since last week as he has not been responding to texts nor calls.

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The organiser identified as Zwakele Mkhonta also failed to show up to a meeting which the Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture (SNCAC) had agreed to. This was confirmed by the departments CEO, Stanley Dlamini who also, just like the artists did not know a single detail about the event that is supposedly expected to take place this weekend. Dlamini said “I do not know about the event this year but last year the organisers did ask to meet with our office, which we agreed to but on the day of the meeting they were nowhere to be found.”

A source revealed that Mkhonta was still the one organising this year’s ceremony but the source also attested to unclear information Mkhonta has been circulating on his Website. The source stated that many artists have called in to enquire on information with regards to the ceremony but they could not obtain any as there actually was not enough to communicate.

It is still uncertain whether the awards will take place this weekend as not even the venue nor the nominees are out yet despite posters circulating with the date November 18, 2017.

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