Whoever thought that a show is incomplete without international acts headlining was obviously proved wrong at the first ever annual Yarona fm music awards (YAMAS) show this past Saturday.
The show that was attended by the cream de-la cream of the city showed beyond reasonable doubt that local artists are more than capable of giving a stellar performance even better than international acts.
Saturday marked history on Botswana music industry when Yarona fm, a private radio station appreciated artists for their dedication and hard work that they put in their craft. Although the ceremony started a little later than scheduled, all was forgotten the moment the show started. Hosted by Yarona fm radio presenters, Dollar Mac and Leungo, the YAMAS began on a high note as the MC’s made a grand entering with a bit of some twerking dance moves which were appreciated by the audience.
The two looked dashing in their tailored suits which complemented their bodies, what was then to follow was artists who came to perform in their best designed outfits which at some point one may had thought that they were in a fashion show as opposed to the YAMAS; everything from stage to the food was spectacular. Kick starting the performances of the night was Vee, Scar, Dramaboi and T-joint who not only managed to impress the audience but had many get off their chairs and sang along with them giving the audience what they have been anticipating for, which is pleasure.
After much voting, the public choose their winners as the best female award was awarded to Samantha Mogwe who also did not disappoint in her outfit while the best newcomer award was scooped by PGB Linxsta who managed to beat the likes of Team distant and Sasa Klaas. Boggie Sid managed to impress the voters as he won the best social media award. Zeus who earlier on gave a sizzling performance won the Most professional artist of the year award. Although many were disappointed when Yarona fm hip hop disc Jockey(DJ) Tshephang Motsisi affectionately known as Dj Izzy won the Best Hip Hop DJ award, the young man looked happy and excited as he thanked his loyal supports, Motsisi was up against Dj Cupid, Dj Roots, Dj Kells as well as Dj Fauz.
Pioneer in the music industry Vee managed to take home two awards. Vee reigned supreme when he won Song of the year award for his song ‘Eita’ and he was also crowned Artist of the year. Vee gave an award winning performance when he did a tribute of his own life talking the audience through his musical career of how he started off and ending it with a spectacular collaboration between himself and Basement records producer BK Proctor.
Another breath taking performance was by hip hop artist K-bos who walked away with the Best Hip hop artist award. K-bos once again did not disappoint in giving a lasting impression to the audience as he performed his hits, ‘Garass pampiri’ and his latest song with traditional troupe Mafitlhakgosi, the young man proved that he deserved the award as he gave the audience nothing short of a spectacular performance.
Another memorable emotional performance was displayed by MMP family who unfortunately went home empty handed, but the new comers did a tribute to Skizo, real name David Molosi who was part of the kwaito revolution at Kalawa Jazmee records. This performance featured other legendary artists Tebatso and Thabo of T-joint and this was shortly followed by Hip hop artist Scar who was sure the crowd’s favourite.