Ghoema Awards go off without a hitch despite controversy over Steve Hofmeyr song

Cape Town - The 8th annual kykNET Ghoema Music Awards went off without a hitch on Wednesday night at Sun Arena in Pretoria. 

This despite several Afrikaans artists threatening to boycott the event after the song Die Land (The Land) was removed from the nominee list due to Steve Hofmeyr's involvement. 

Sponsor MultiChoice took a stand against Steve's involvement in the award show due to his extremely provocative statements about race and often right-wing comments.

"MultiChoice is the main sponsor of the Ghoema Music Awards. An ultimatum was made to the Ghoema Trust by MultiChoice to withdraw the nomination of Die Land (The Land) music video featuring Steve Hofmeyr as the company didn't want to be associated with him. MultiChoice projects must align with the values of the company," Heidi Edeling, CEO of the Ghoema Music Trust, told Channel24 in a statement. 

Joe Heshu, MultiChoice Group Executive Corporate Affairs, told Channel24 on Wednesday: "We have requested that Steve Hofmeyr not form part of the event that we sponsor as his views are not aligned with our values. We welcome a society where freedom of speech is celebrated, however we take a stand against racism."

This year the show was dominanted by female winners with Demi Lee Moore going home with five awards and Tarryn Lamb winning three gongs. 

The Ghoema Music Awards will be broadcast on kykNET (DStv 144) on 20 April at 20:00. Catch all the glitz and glam from the blue carpet on Sunday, 21 April at 18:30 on kykNET NOU! (DStv 146). A repeat of the award show will be broadcast directly after. 

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Snotkop at the Ghoema Awards

(WINNER: Snotkop on the blue carpet at the Ghoema Awards 2019. Photo: Henry Marsh)

See a full list of all the winners here:

Newcomer of the Year:

Ivan Roux - Daai Ding 

Best Composition of the Year:  

Mis Eet Slaap Herhaal - Demi Lee Moore  (Writer: Johan Oberholzer)

Best Hip Hop Song of the Year:

Ben Ten - Early B  (Writer: Early B)

Best Pop Album by a Male Artist

Sous - Snotkop

Beste Pop Album by a Female Artist

Mis Eet Slaap Herhaal - Demi Lee Moore

Best Contemporary Album by a Male Artist

 Liefdegenerasie – Refentse

Best Contemporary Album by a Female Artist 

Mal Oor Jou – Tarryn Lamb

Best Album by a Duo or Group

Bewe –  Adam

Best Gospel Album

S1ng  –  S1

Best Children Album or DVD

Buster & Bella en die Agt Talente  –  Buster & Bella

Best Alternative Album

Die Liefde Album –  Jan Blohm

Best Rock Album

Die Middernagtrein  –  Piet Botha

Best Hip Hop Album 

Al Jerome  –  Jerome Rex

Best Traditional Album

Tuisgebak  –  Brian Nieuwoudt & Fred Rheeder

Best Instrumental Album

Joy  –  Lizelle Le Roux

Best Music Video

Mis Eet Slaap Herhaal - Demi Lee Moore  (Director: Christian Wolf, Brickwolf Creatives)

Best Song Writer: Solo

Pietman Geldenhuys

Best Song Writer: Collaboration 

Francois Henning en Dirk Van Niekerk 

Best Producer: Solo

Robin Kielly

Best Producer: Collaboration

Elvis Blue en Juan 'Floors' Oosthuizen

Most Downloaded Album of the Year

Die Liefde Album  –  Jan Blohm(Producers: Jan Blohm / John Masser / Francois Kleynhans / Tertius Human / Kobie Koen [Vonk Musiek])

Most Downloaded Song of the Year

Die Sluise van die Hemel – Robbie Wessels en Bok Van Blerk (Writer: Robbie Wessels)

Most Streamed Album of the Year

Aangename Kennis – Early B (Producer: Vougan Fourie)

Most Streamed Song of the Year

Die Sluise van die Hemel – Robbie Wessels en Bok Van Blerk (Writer: Robbie Wessels)

Public Choice: Most Popular Male Artist

Manie Jackson

Public Choice: Most Popular Female Artist 

Jennifer Zamudio

Public Choice: Most Popular Duo or Group

Vatvas Dansorkes

Most Popular Song of the Year:

Mis Eet Slaap Herhaal  –  Demi Lee Moore (Writer: Johan Oberholzer)

Special Award: Lifetime Achievement

The Rockets

Special Award: Lifetime Achievement

André Schwartz

Special Award: Best Seller

Mis Eet Slaap Herhaal  –  Demi Lee Moore (Producers: Juan ‘Floors’ Oosthuizen / Murray Lubbe / Robin Kielly)

Group of the Year:


Male Artist of the Year:


Female Artist of the Year:

Tarryn Lamb

Album of the Year:

Mal Oor Jou  –  Tarryn Lamb (Producers: Juan ‘Floors' Oosthuizen / Danny Smoke / Robin Kielly / Crighton Goodwill / Murray Lubbe / Arnold Coleske / Paulo Azevedo)