Mbongeni Ngema & Steve Kekana To Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards. SA’s most loved and highly respected music legends Steve Kekana, Mbongeni Ngema & the late Spokes H will be awarded with Lifetime Achievements awards in the upcoming SAMAs set to take place in SunCity on the 2nd of June. Added in the list of honorary awards receivers is also Indian music singer Shashika Mooruth as an International Achiever award.
Mbongeni started his career as a theatre backing guitarist. He has produced successful productions like Sarafina!, Woza Albert, Asinamali and Magic at 4am. His greatest musical hit, Stimela Sase Zola, became a national anthem in the 1990s.
Spokes H, or Letona Hlatshwayo, became a household name in the 1980s with hit songs such as Tamatisous, Rabaki and Peace Magents, he is remembered for his irreverent and comical lyrics. He died of diabetes complications in 2013.
Kekana has released more than 40 albums featuring chart toppers like Feel So Strong (featuring Hotline). Kekana is a lecturer in labour law at Unisa.
Risa CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi said in a statement: “We salute this year’s recipients of the Lifetime Achievement award. Their sterling careers will not go unnoticed. These accolades are reminders of how they contributed to the music industry.”