The SAMA 23 will honour three icons in the music industry including the queen of gospel music Rebecca Malope with lifetime achievement awards.
The South African Music Awards (Samas) which will take place later this month will celebrate the ageless Malope alongside activist and kwaai-jazz pioneer Don Laka and legendary musician Babsy Mlangeni.
Malope expressed appreciation for the recognition, saying it couldn’t have come at a better time.
“I am glad that the award came at a time when I can still walk by myself to the stage and accept it. I am happy that I can celebrate the award with my fans and thank them for embracing and supporting me all these years,” said Malope.
The gospel legend said she has done enough to deserve the lifetime achievement award. This is the best way to recognize the good work she has done in the industry.
“I don’t want to sound like I am blowing my own horn, but I believe that I have done well based on the testimonies I get.
Indeed, Rebecca Malope has put in her best and is presently recording her 36th album. The album will be release through her own company.
Also, Mlangeni said he feels humbled to be recognised for such an award. While he appreciates the honour he emphasised that he’s still strong enough to keep making music.
“Getting this award does not stop me from producing more music. I am still active in the industry and have released two albums, and I plan to continue doing that.”
In a statement on the lifetime achievement awards, Recording Industry of South Africa CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi said;
“We believe that our veterans, who served the industry with unmatched dedication and gave us timeless music, should never be forgotten.”
The 23rd edition of the Samas is set to take place on May 27 at the Sun City Superbowl.