Date:17 December 2021 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Avhapfani “Radical Dread” Sadiki won the Best Reggae Artist Award at the South African Upcoming Musicians Awards (SAUMA), held at the Johannesburg Theatre on Saturday (11 December).
The artist, who hails from Tsianda village, was awarded for his song Mbofholowo from the album Mbofholowo na Vhukwila, released in March this year.
“I am extremely excited and deeply honoured to win this prestigious award,” he said.
Radical Dread sings about prejudice and freedom, bondage and corruption, rights and justice. He believes that artists make a valuable contribution to society by addressing the entrenched injustices around us, and that they should stand tall even when political leaders have drifted away from this responsibility. “We are here to shout truth to power, while at the same time also entertaining our fans,” he said. “We sing to bring changes about in our countries.”
Mbofholowo na Vhukwila consists of 10 tracks, including Gona ntha gona fhasi, Mbofholowo, Afrika Wo Farani, A ri nga tendi and Dub Uhuru.
“The songs on this album will not only captivate young people; it is also sophisticated to keep adults engaged,” he said. “These songs will be embedded in your mind after you’ve listened to them only a few times. You will soon start to feel like you've known them for many years.”
Radical Dread has been in the music industry for the past 10 years now and has previously released three albums, titled Jah u ndilani, Mitodzi ya Vharema and Vhutshilo na Tshifhinga - all recorded at Masana Records in Soweto, Johannesburg.
Mbofholowo na Vhukwila was recorded at Deep Roots Studio by Steve Netshishivhe and is marketed and distributed by OneStep Music.
Radical Dread is available on Facebook and can be contacted on Tel 073 392 3324.
Radical Dread beams upon receiving the Best Reggae Artist Award at the SAUMA awards, held at the Johannesburg Theatre last Saturday. Picture supplied.
By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.