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And The 2017 South African Hip-Hop Awards Winners Are...

Cassper Nyovest walks away with six awards.

The sixth annual South African Hip Hop Awards took place last night at The Lyric Theatre in Joburg. Both superstars and emerging artists were celebrated for their craft and hard work. Shane Eagle walked away with Best Newcomer, while YoungstaCPT took the long overdue Lyricist of the Year trophy to Cape Town.


The man of the moment Cassper Nyovest dominated, taking home six awards.

Kwesta won Song of the Year for his love song "Ngiyaz' Fela Ngawe," while DJ Bionic was given the Honorary Award for his huge contributions to the art form.

Below is the full list of winners:

Song of the Year: Kwesta ft. Thabsie "Ngiyaz' Fela Ngawe"

Best Freshman / Newcomer: Shane Eagle

Best Remix: Riky Rick x Frank Casino "Whole Thing"

Best Collaboration: AKA x ANATII "10 Fingers"

Best Dance Crew: Creed Crew

Best Female: Rouge



Most Valuable (MVP): Cassper Nyovest

Best Male: Cassper Nyovest

Honorary Award: DJ Bionic

Hustler of the Year: Cassper Nyovest

Producer of the Year: Gemini Major

DJ of the Year: DJ SPEEDSTA

Best Music Video: Cassper Nyovest "Destiny"

Milestone Award: Cassper Nyovest for Fill Up Orlando Stadium

Promoter of the Year: Junior Lavie

Best Graffiti: Psalm 1

Lyricist of the Year: YoungstaCPT

Best Radio Show: Motsweding FM's Motswako wa Hip Hop

Best Digital Sales: Kwesta

Best Local Brand: Styler Gang

Best International Brand: KFC

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: Grandmaster Ready D

King of Limpopo: Hip Hop Live SA

King of Gauteng: Kool Out

For our coverage of South African hip-hop, click here.

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A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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