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Lights, Camera, Action! 4th YAMAs big and better!

Botswana’s urban youth radio station, Yarona FM 106.6 will once again host the Yarona FM Music Awards popularly known as the YAMAs. The 4th instalment of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs) ceremony, will be held on Saturday the 3rd of February 2018 at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC). As this year marks the fourth edition of the YAMAs, the best of Botswana urban music talent is expected to come together to celebrate the best works released in 2017.

Yarona FM station manager, Kelly Ramputswa.

Yarona FM station manager, Kelly Ramputswa stated that the station is continuing with its mission to grow and appreciate Botswana music, “from our founding days, our aim has always been to be a catalyst for urban music and the 4th YAMAs are all about that, propelling Botswana music a step further. I am truly excited to see some of our performers on the night, Yaw Bannerman, Veezo, ATI, Amantle Brown, Juju Boy and many more.”

Four time YAMA nominee Veezo.

Ramputswa highlighted that this year’s ceremony will come with a twist.

“We are really excited to be bringing these awards for a 4th time and with all great things, there is always an opportunity to do it bigger and better, it is for that reason that we will have guest appearances by some of the biggest artists in the region, Khuli Chana and HHP.”

Khuli Chana PICTURE CREDIT: HelloJoburg.co.za

She said having the two-award winning South African musicians at the ceremony was intended on showcasing the YAMAs’ growth into an international event. Ramputswa stressed the collaborative potential of having stars from other markets present, “it’s important to have such big stars grace us with their presence, it’s an opportunity for us to show them our talents and provide a unique networking platform that can help our artists reach greater heights.”

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The station manager called on Botswana music fans to come witness the awarding of the best of Botswana music. “We want the fans to come and be part of the show as they play a pivotal role in making these artists the stars they are, we also promise them a fantastic show.” Ramputswa assured.

Vee Mampeezy

The nominee list is a reflection of how good the year 2017 was in terms of quality music releases, for instance, the converted song of the year title, is a tough battle as Amantle Brown / Juju Boy’s Follo goes up against A.T.I / Legacy DG / Yung Amazing’s Khiring Khiring Khorong, Bangu’s Hani Mubone, Dj Anthem / Skavenja’s Monyopi and Veezo / Yaw Bannerman’s Zaka.

Artists’ Jujuboy and Amantle Brown of FOLLO fame

Yarona FM is Botswana’s first privately owned FM commercial broadcasting radio station with radio frequency 106.6. The radio station was registered on 22 December 1998 and went on air 22 August 1999 initially broadcasting to Gaborone and surrounding areas. In 2007, the station was awarded a national FM license. The station employs 34 people. The radio has grown to be a market leader and a multiple award-winner.

DJ Easy B

YAMAs Nominees List:
BEST NEW COMER
Yaw Bannerman
Lunar
Mp3rd
TafNaz

BEST SINGLE MALE
Veezo / Yaw Bannerman-Zaka
A.T.I / Legaccy DG / Yung Amazing-Khiring khiring khorong
Bangu-Hani mubone
DJ Anthem / Skavenja-Monyopi

(L-R) Amantle Brown producer Beatslayer, Daisy Tsoswane, Amantle Brown and Jujuboy

BEST SINGLE FEMALE
Mp3rd-Yeah yeah
Amantle Brown / Juju Boy-Follo
Bouncy / Perion-Side1
KayCee-Inamba namba

SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD
Kast, DramaBoi, Scar, Martin Fani, Mr Yummy, Yaw Bannerman, Mdu Tha Party, DJ Izzy

DJ Izzy

BEST HIP HOP DJ
Tumie Black Ace, DJ Izzy, Mr Yummy, K.U.D

BEST DANCE DJ
DJ Bakito, DJ Chrispin The Drummer, Nt Base, Easy B

BEST COLLABO
Amantle Brown / Juju Boy-Follo
DJ Anthem / Skavenja-Monyopi
Veezo / Yaw Bannerman-Zaka
T.H.A.B.O & Mapetla-Sanketsa

BK Proctor, Han-C and T.H.A.B.O

BEST SINGLE HIP HOP/MOTSWAKO
Veezo / Yaw Bannerman-Zaka
A.T.I / Legacy DG / Yung Amazing-Khiring khiring khorong
Bangu-Hani mubone
DramaBoi-Bosigo kaofela
Frost / Morwa Tsankana-Kgwanyape

 PEOPLE’S CHOICE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Han C, Kast, A.T.I, BanT, DramaBoi, Vee

Kast

BEST R&B SINGLE
Bouncy / Perion-Side1
TafNaz / Big Budget-Selfish
Licky / Bouncy-Push away
Amantle Brown / Juju Boy-Follo

 BEST KWAITO SINGLE
MMP Family-Kwela kwela
KayCee-Inamba namba
T.H.A,BO-Back together
Dipstrada-Ko kae

UNPLUGGEDBWTV’s Marang Molosiwa interviewing YARONA FM News Reader, Rorisang Mogojwe at last year’s YAMAs.

 BEST DANCE SINGLE
DJ Anthem / Skavenja-Monyopi
Vee / Trademark / Thulasizwe-I do
Team Distant / Han C-Changes
Zo Harvey & Rual Ryan / Lunar-Tricky silly boy

 PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Bangu, Ammo Ski Mask, BK Proctor, Prez Beatz, Suffocate

Botswana based make up artist and vlogger, Letsema Lei spotted at last year’s YAMAs.

SONG OF THE YEAR
Veezo / Yaw Bannerman-Zaka
Amantle Brown / Juju Boy-Follo
A.T.I / Legacy DG / Yung Amazing-Khiring khiring khorong
DJ Anthem / Skavenja-Monyopi
Bangu-Hani mubone

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