Organisers of the 265 Cape Town awards in South Africa have said they will continue to host the event as part of recognising works of artists.
Several artists received awards recently during a red carpet event.
One of the organisers, Francis Mdala, better known as Yao in Cape Town, said they introduced the awards to motivate Malawian artists based in Cape Town.
“We will keep improving these awards and this is not the first or last time we are doing this. We are going to be holding these awards annually in October,” Mdala said.
Some of the artists who received awards include Mana Icon (Best Dancehall Artist), Kay Billionaire (Local Artist Medal), Ike (Best Urban Music Artist) and Baerita and Sumaes, who collected best female and male artist, respectively.
The best gospel artist (male) and best gospel artist (female) went to Man Pat and Monica Chaunga, respectively, whereas Rich B, who got the best artist award, also claimed the best song accolade for his track ‘Gear’.
In other categories, the best video award went to ‘My Woman’ by Wiska Boy, ‘Jada’ (best promoter) medal; Sam Guduza (best producer) and Emmie Maliro (best master of ceremonies).
Mana Icon hailed the organisers for the awards, saying they will keep artists on their toes.
“I want to claim more awards. The one I have received now will motivate me to strive for the best,” he said.
Recently, some organisers in the Rainbow Nation held Mdubz Awards which decorated several Malawian artists.