The team at Gallo Record Company are delighted to share that four of our artists received prestigious SAMA awards this weekend, as part of the glittering ceremony hosted at Sun City on the 31st of May and 1st of June.
Celebrities, influencers and artists flocked to the red carpet ahead of the start of this well known and honoured awards ceremony, which is celebrating it’s 25th year in 2019.
Well known local artists Mango Groove were honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award – a fitting tribute to the band who are celebrating their 30th anniversary in the music industry this year.
“We are so honoured to have received a Lifetime Achievement Award. A SAMA is an incredible achievement on it’s own and this truly means so much to us” says John Leyden, Mango Groove Founder.
As honourable Minister Nathi Mthetwa, MEC Tsotso Tlhapi and Radio Personality Nothemba Madumo presented the award, Leyden who was present at the event was however not allowed enough time to reach the stage to accept the award on behalf of the band. He subsequently sent a video message thanking fans for their continued support over the years.
Hit maker Nathi Mankayi lived up to his award winning ways as the star added another SAMA award to the list. Nathi won the Best African Adult Contemporary Award for his latest offering “Iphupha Labantu”. Gallo Record Company received the award on behalf of Nathi Mankayi as he was unable to attend the ceremony due to other performance commitments.
Jeremy Loops took home the Best Music Video Award for his outstanding and inspiring music video “Gold” directed by Rob Smith. Says Loops, “Gold is first and foremost a love song, but more than that it’s about finding meaning and purpose you’ve previously struggled to attain. It’s really a song of hope that if you continue to work at that which your heart desires with an honest and open attitude, one day eventually those desires will be realised.”
The Best Jazz Album was awarded to Bokani Dyer Trio for their popular album titled ‘Neo Native.’ The album is Bokani’s fourth studio album – and has been described by reviewers as an intimate, inviting listening experience featuring the classic and authentic sounds of a piano trio.
Gallo Record Company would also like to congratulate all of our artists that were nominated this year.