THE Eastern Cape Music Awards is back next month at Abbotsford Christian Centre.
The second annual awards ceremony will be held on October 15 at 7pm. Last year the event was held at the Multipurpose Centre in Wilsonia. This year they decided on a venue with good infrastructure and lots of parking space.
The awards only focus on artists who were born and bred in the Eastern Cape, as well as artists who have been residing in the province for more than five years.
All artists residing in South Africa and around the world but who are from the Eastern Cape, are eligible to contest.
Last year, only Eastern Cape artists performed. However, this year they have chosen popular artists throughout the country.
“We have accommodated all the age groups in the audience – from kwaito, hip-hop, afro pop, soul, gospel music, mbaqanga, house music, dancers, old school and jazz. We are also going to give our local and development artists a chance,” said Koko Godlo , the brains behind the awards.
“We previously had 21 categories but this year there will be only 15. We have decided to drop some after we did research and also, all the winners are going to be compensated unlike last year.
“Our new categories this year, are the Best Community Radio Programme, Best Community Radio DJ and the Best Dance Group,”Godlo said.
The 15 categories are:
Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Male, Best Female, Best Hip Hop, Best Kwaito, Best Afro Pop, Best Gospel Artist/Group, Best Traditional Music, Best Dance Group, Best DJ, Best Community Radio Station, Best Community Radio Programme, Best Community Radio Dj and Best Newcomer.
Entry forms are available on the website www.ecmas.co.za or call 083-621-1000 for more information. E-mail or fax the forms and your song to firstname.lastname@example.org or 086-732-1051. The closing date is September 18.
Artists and radio stations can nominate themselves or be nominated by the public.