We already predicted the recently held South African Music awards to continue echoing long after its glitzy ceremony which held in Sun city. In fact, West Ink Boss, Mampintsha had alreadychosen some choice vulgar words to express his displeasure at label hitmaking acts, Babes Wodumo and Distruction Boyz‘s inability to pick up a single award.
Now, the imprint has issued an official statement to address the situation.
Read the full excerpt of the statement below:
“To: All Media
Att: Entertainment Editors and Reporters
WESTINK STATEMENT ON SAMA OUTCOMES
The WestInk Records has noted outcomes of the South African Music Awards held at Sun City this past Saturday.
As the youth owned and young label we appreciate the fact that one of our artists, Babes Wodumo, was nominated four categories and Distruction Boyz for one catogory. Our participation in this competition, and subsequent appearances to perform was mainly due to the respect and appreciation of our support from all corners of this country and abroad.
We wish to thank all people that continue to support us in building a strong independent music label. This support is a clear affirmation of the country’s effort to ensure radical transformation of all sectors of the society, including creative industry that is dominated by big corporations that are shipping profits outside the country.
As West Ink, we believe in the quality of our product as opposed to whether or not we win South African based awards. Our products speak for themselves, thus winning any award is not a major indication of our success. The fact that we continue to enjoy support from ordinary people is an even bigger award for us.
We therefore wish to apologize to all our supporters and society in general for the outburst by some of us soon after the SAMAs ceremony. This unfortunate situation was due to a number of calls we were receiving from thousands of music lovers that were disappointed about outcomes of the ceremony.
We appeal to the general public to accept our apology as we are still trying to grow as young people. This mistake was no means intended at casting aspersions to organizers and judges of this event. Furthermore we were in no way or whatsoever trying to undermine any of the winners.
We wish to congratulate all those that those that won at the awards ceremony.
West Ink is flattered by the recognition of Babes by The Sunday Times as the Coolest Local Celebrity, Feather Awards 2016 for Musician of the year, Sowetan’s Sexiest Female and SABC’s top 10 Summer Song. We are further humbled by the BET Awards nomination as Best International Artist Africa.”
Not done, Babes Wodumo also took to social media to address the SAMAs snub. In an emotionally charged recording, Babes Wodumo asserted that the awards won’t affect their status since they were still booking gigs. The “Wololo“ hitmaker suggested the awards were bought and even made reference to her BET Awards nomination.”
In the words of the Gqom Queen:
“I was even nominated for the BET’s overseas but I don’t get even one award at home? There is no such thing, please don’t play with us. Continue to buy your awards. Continue and feel free, because we’re not going to go hungry, we’re getting booked. I will always be Babes and Mampintshawill always be Mampintsha and West Ink will always be West Ink. Thank you”.
Watch Babes Wodumo’s reaction to her SAMA snub below: