The past Saturday, at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC), the fourth Yarona FM Music Awards popularly known as the #YAMAs was the place to go for a dazzling evening attended by a myriad of ‘celebs’ in the industry. The annual music awards hosted by Botswana’s urban youth radio station, Yarona FM 106. 6 had all its critics eating the spiciest humble pie thanks to the organisers’ painstaking planning and straight-out execution.
Yarona FM station manager, Kelly Ramputswa stated that the awards are the station’s “commitment to support and grow local music,” adding that her radio station will continue 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.”
The GICC was definitely the place to be this past Saturday when city slickers and fashionistas alike came out to play as the best of Botswana urban music talent came together to celebrate the best works released in 2017. “Batswana baa kgaba man!” said one professional photographer as only the best dressed, both men and women sauntered into the red carpet GICC venue ready to party down a storm at the #YAMAs. Hollywood had definitely come to Gaborone – Botswana thanks to the glitz and glamour dished out by the #YAMAs audience.
Hosted by Bonnie B and Phatsimo Ross of Yarona FM programming, the duo did not disappoint either as they steered the ship the entire night alongside great performances from visiting South African Motswako artists; Khuli Chana and HHP, while on the local front Scar, Amantle Brown, Jujuboy, ATI and Bouncy handled all the business.
Not only were these performances lit but everybody on the night looked dazzling. We were utterly amazed how Batswana have come of age as far as vogue and looking swanky is concerned. You just had to come to the GICC to witness all this fashion evolution, with some baring all their perky melons for the flashing cameras while others flashed their thighs to anyone who cared to drool. The fabrics were on point too – a sign that people actually put in an effort to dress up for this year’s #YAMAs. Well done to all of you who looked alluring!
Yarona FM Station Manager, Kelly Ramputswa told the packed GICC auditorium that her radio station is happy to continue to receive music from all local artists hence the need to reward all deserving and talented ones by hosting the #YAMAs.
“The artists continue to work hard to give us their best music. These awards are simply our way of officially showing patronage to your hard work. We continue to receive a lot of music and it can only get better every time,” said Ramputswa briefly. Nonetheless from all the categories, the man of the moment, Atlaasone Molemogi popularly known as ATI of “Khiring Khiring Khorong” fame was the highest winner of the night after scooping three awards – ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Best Single Male’ and ‘Best Hip Hop / Motswako’.
The BTC ambassador received a standing ovation every time he went on stage proving that he is indeed an epitome of success. “I want to thank everyone who voted for me. Like I always say, it’s not about me or you but the people and the people have spoken. I thank you.” The other biggest winner was the raunchy R’n’B songstress, Bouncy who bagged two awards – ‘Best Single Female’ and ‘Best Single R’n’B’.
Bouncy of “Serope Mpekerele” fame is one artist who has never shied away to get raunchy and saucy on stage, be it on national television or music shows, the erotic singer seems to enjoy taking to the stage and soaring temperatures unperturbed.
The Botswana R&B sensation over the weekend broke the internet after her raunchy #YAMAs performance sent shuddering shockwaves across the country and beyond. It was at the glittering #YAMAs where Bouncy left everybody breathless when she performed a rather raunchy routine which involved bumping and grinding all over stage and baring all her bums to the audience at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC).
Another winner was the sensational Han C – who scooped the ‘People’s Choice Award’. In his acceptance speech, the Mahalapye-born star said he remains grateful to the support he continue to receive from his fans. “My album, ‘On My Own’ is on iTunes and I must say I am happy to become the first Motswana to have a song at number one on iTunes for 7 days. I really appreciate the love from all Batswana and my international fans of course.”
Best Newcomer(Sponsored by FNB x Kwese): Yaw Bannerman
Best Hip Hop DJ: Tumie Black Ace
Best Dance DJ: NT Base
Best Social Media:Mdu Tha Party
Best Collabo: Veezo / Yaw Bannerman-Zaka
Best Hip Hop / Motswako: A.T.I. / Young Amazing / Legacy DG: Khiring Khiring Khorong
Producer Of The Year: Bangu
Best Single Male(Sponsored by FNB) : A.T.I. / Young Amazing / Legacy DG: Khiring Khiring Khorong
Best Single Female (Sponsored by FNB): Bouncy / Perion–Side1
Best Kwaito Single: MMP Family–Kwela Kwela
Best Single Dance: Zo Harvey & Raul Bryan / Lunar–Silly Tricky Boy
Best Single R&B: Bouncy / Perion–Side1
Hall Of Fame: Tribal Monks
People’s Choice / Artist Of The Year (Sponsored by FNB x Grand Palm x BK Proctor): Han-C
Song Of The Year: A.T.I. / Young Amazing / Legacy DG (Sponsored by FNB x Botswana Tourism): Khiring Khiring Khorong