The second annual Wawela Music Awards took to the stage recently to once again applaud South Africa’s finest musical contributors. The star studded ceremony was hosted by the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) in a glittering event held in Johannesburg on Friday 27 June 2014.

The awards were launched by SAMRO in 2013 to provide a more inclusive showcase of all players in the music industry’s value chain. The second instalment of the prestigious Wawelas once again went beyond the performers to award song writers and music publishers who add magic to the music at every stage of creation. 

“We at SAMRO are pleased to be able to play our part in celebrating South African musicians through the Wawela Music Awards, as the awards enable us to recognise some great behind the scenes contributors and works,” said Sipho Dlamini CEO of SAMRO. 

The second event attracted some big names both performing on the night and nominated in the various categories. Particularly among the special awards categories, where South Africa’s ground-breaking musicians shared the applause with legends from the past and present. 

Among those recognised was the legendary “King Don Father of Kwaito”, Mandla ‘Spikiri’ Mofokeng, who was honoured in the Prolific Category of Works Award. He was recognised alongside another driving force in SA music – Chicco Twala – who picked up the Wawela Lifetime Achievement Award for the huge strides he achieved in his lengthy career. Also honoured was 73 year old Ladysmith Black Mambazo leader and Grammy Award winner, Joseph Shabalala. He walked away with the Breaking Through the Borders Award, which he deservedly earned though his accomplishments promoting South Africa’s rich and diverse music abroad.

The standard category awards also recognised some stand-out musicians in a broad variety of genres and mediums. The notable winners include film score composer Philip Miller, who won Best Soundtrack in a Feature film or Theatrical Documentary  the second year running .  While Joe Niemand took home the Best song or Composition in a Television Production award. 

The big winner for night was composer, Adam Howard,  who received two awards in the categories Best Song or Composition in a Television Commercial  and Best Song or Composition in a Radio Commercial. 

Rapper HHP walked away with the Best Creative Album of the Year award for his album Motswafrika, while Sheer Publishing took home the honours as the Best Publisher of the Year. Songwriter of the Year went to Mi Casa for Heavenly Sent while The Muffinz were awarded the  Best South African Duo/Group award for their album Have You Heard. Singer-songwriter and poet Zahara walked away with the Best Female Artist & Composer/Co-composer and maskandi legend, Ihhashi Elimhlophe won Best Male Artist & Composer/Co-composer.

Nicholaas Labuschagne, completed the list of honours with the Statistical Award For Live Performance and Broadcast.

Among the legends who shared the stage were Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Sipho Hostix Mabuse and PJ Powers. Who proved their talent to be undiminished  as they thrilled the audience with their unmistakable sounds. 

The Wawela Music Awards also took the time to poignantly mark South Africa’s 20 years of freedom and democracy with a special musical tribute performed by Yvonne Chaka Chaka, together with Trenton and Free Radical in honour of Nelson Mandela. Chaka Chaka, PJ Powers along with nominated musicians Lindiwe Maxolo and Tarryn Lamb also honoured the memory of Brenda Fassie. Performing heartfelt renditions of some of her biggest hits including  Zola Budd, Weekend Special and Vuli’ndlela. 

Dlamini spoke of the importance of the occasion, saying, “As we celebrate 20 years of freedom, we are proud to celebrate the role of music in the fight to attain our democracy.”




Full list of winners 


Standard Awards

Best Soundtrack in a Feature film or Theatrical Documentary

Philip Miller

Best song or Composition in a Television Production

Joe Niemand

Best Song or Composition in a Television Commercial

Adam Howard

Best Song or Composition in a Radio Commercial

 Adam Howard

Best Creative Album of the Year


Publisher of the Year Award

Sheer Publishing

Songwriter of the Year

Mi Casa 

Best South African Duo/Group

The Muffinz

Best Female Artist & Composer/Co-composer


Best Male Artist & Composer/Co-composer

Ihashi Elimhlophe

Statistical Award for Live Performance and Broadcast

Nicholaas Labuschagne 


Special Awards

Breaking through the Borders Award  

Joseph Shabalala

The Wawela Lifetime Achievement Award

 Chicco Twala 

Prolific Catalogue of Works Award 

Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng