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First Wawela Music Awards give thumbs-up to composers

Jul 18, 2013


Sheer Publishing would like to congratulate its clients Philip Miller and Tumi (Tumi and the Volume), as well as the other winners at the first ever Wawela Music Awards!

TumiOriginal music was the big winner at the inaugural Wawela Music Awards on Friday night, at which the shining lights of South African songwriting were celebrated.

On Friday, 28 June 2013, a constellation of the country’s music stars gathered at the Sandton Convention Centre to pay tribute to an elite group of music composers and authors whose work has made a significant impact locally and abroad.

Presented by Gareth Cliff and Azania Mosaka, the event aptly illustrated the power wielded by creators of original, homegrown music as guests were entertained by the eclectic sounds of The Soil, Phuzekhemisi and Koos Kombuis, with one of the highlights of the evening being an electrifying duet between Dorothy Masuku and Nhlanhla Nciza from Mafikizolo.

The isiZulu word “Wawela” means “to go beyond”, and this SAMRO initiative was launched to give credit to local music creators who have achieved excellence in their craft across various platforms, including composing for film, radio and television.

The awards ceremony – the first of its kind in the country dedicated to honouring composers – saw the industry uniting to applaud the leading lights, trailblazers and unsung heroes of the South African music scene.

The Standard Awards were open to SAMRO members, who were required to submit entries accompanied by motivations. The major winner on the night was Kgomotso Mashigo, also known as jazzy-pop songstress Black Porcelain, who walked off with two awards: for Best Creative Album and Best Female Artist and Composer.

The sublime Lira was crowned Songwriter of the Year, while Tumi and the Volume were named South African Best Duo or Group. The multi-talented self-taught musician Daniel Baron took home the trophy for Best Male Artist and Composer.

Other winners were celebrated composer Philip Miller, whose score for the film Black Butterflies was voted Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary, and former Via Afrika vocalist René Veldsman, whose music for the Shoprite advert was judged Best Song or Composition in a Radio Commercial.

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Best soundtrack in a feature film or theatric documentary: 
Philip Miller for Black Butterflies

Best song or composition in a television production: 
Gregory Reveret for Loxion Kulca Roots

Best song or composition in a television commercial: 
Jeramy James Barnard for the Bells commercial

Best song or composition in a radio commercial:
Rene Veldsman for the Shoprite commercial

Best creative album of the year: 
Black Porcelain for Invincible Summer

Songwriter of the year: 

Best South African duo/group:
Tumi and the Volume 

Best female artist & composer/co-composer:
Black Porcelain

Best male artist & composer/co-composer: 
Daniel Baron

Statistical Award
JB Arthur

Wawela Inaugural Recognition Awards
– Alan Lazar
– Mbongeni Ngema
– Lebo M
– Trevor Jones
– Sizwe Zako

Breaking Through the Borders Award
Trevor Jones

Prolific Catalogue of Works Award
Johnny Clegg

Lifetime Achievement Award
Dorothy Masuku