The annual Film, Arts, Music and Entertainment (F.A.M.E) Awards have returned to Limpopo with a bang, following the inaugural 2015 edition which was marred by shambolic organisation, technical glitches and poor sound quality. The awards, which honour Limpopo’s sons and daughters who excel in various entertainment categories, turned into the King Monada show as he delighted the crowd that packed the Jack Botes Hall in Polokwane on Sunday.
The music sensation, real name Khutso Steven kgale, scooped three wards and a total of R30 000 cash and trophies. The “Oska bhora moreki” hit maker bagged the Best Sepedi Artist, Best Male Artist and Best Dance Album Awards respectively. “I thank my fans and parents for the support and FAME organisers for recognising my talent,” said King Monada. “Women should be appreciated this women’s month and they should continue showing support to youngsters in reaching their goals.” Popular TV soapie Skeem Saam’s actors also scored big in the awards, cementing producer Winnie Serite’s show as one of Mzansi’s most watched and loved series.
Actor Putlas Sehlapelo, known to millions of fans as Meneer Magongwa on Skeem Saam, took home the Best TV Male Actor award while his colleague Phophi Mudau, who plays Cindy Khuzwayo, grabbed the Best Actress Award. SABC Sports and current affairs programme Leihlo la Sechaba presenter Koena Moabelo won the Best TV presenter, while Thalita Khoum Girl’s Network scooped the Trendsetter of the Year Award. The Best Collaboration Award went to Brazo WA Afrika, Motlatsi & Ultimo Numero; Lekker Sweet scooped the Best hip hop artist while Capricorn Voice reporter Nyambeni Mandiwana bagged the Community Print Journalist of the Year Award.
Each category carried a prize money of R10 000 cash and a trophy. Amongst the stars who graced the occasion were Skeem Saam actress Pebetse Lehlogonolo Matlaila; former Muvhango actor Mutodi Neshehe; comedian Shonisani “Shabba” Muleya; Candy Tsa Mandebele Mokoena; SABC Radio Station Thobela FM presenter Makwena “Kwenisto” Makgakga and Miss Limpopo 2016 Ntsetselelo Mkansi. The F.A.M.E Awards is seen as a platform to discover or enhance local talent across all genres. Following the embarrassing episodes and criticism that floated social media last year, the 2016 chapter of the F.A.M.E also casts some level of low standard and procedure. Wrong video clips were broadcasted in full view of the audience and recipients with irrelevant content. However, the technical glitches and a half empty hall did not stop the exceptional initiative of showing recognition to Limpopo’s upcoming and veteran stars.