South Africans weren’t the only peoples celebrating their artists at the weekend; Zambia held its inaugural Zambia Music Awards. Many other awards shows have been in place prior to this one but this one promised to be the biggest and best aiming to honour and represent Zambian music in the best way possible recognising artists in a total of 31 different categories.
Happily, we can report that Hip Hop is clearly running things in Zambia with a total of 9 awards going to Hip Hop artists.
A major achievement & talking point being that the artist Slap D absolutely cleaned house taking home 6 awards.
Best Gospel Album: Mizu - Pompi
Best Male Gospel Artist: Pompi
Pompi earned recognition as the best that Zambian Gospel has to offer meaning Hip Hop has clearly cemented its place in the heart of the Zambian music fan. Pompi’s album has been hailed far and wide for its excellence not just as a Gospel or Hip Hop album but for its musicality alone.
Best Collaboration: Vigabenga - Ruffkid/SlapD/Zone Fam
Ruff Kid, Zone Fam & Slap Dee shared the spoils for the best collaboration of the past year. Just one of the categories that showed the weight of Hip Hop & its popularity.
Best Male Album Contemporary: True Story – Slap D
Best Male Artist Contemporary: Slap D
Best Hip Hop / Rap Song: Kuichaila – Slap D
Best Hip Hop/ Rap Album: True Story – Slap D
Song of the Year: Kuichaila – Slap D
Well, to put it simply, its been an excellent year for Slap D. Nothing more can be said.
Album of the Year: Legendary - Macky 2
Macky 2 has cemented his place in Zambian Hip Hop setting a high standard with his visuals & taking a moment to give back by starting an NGO to give back to his people.