Buffalo Souljah scores double
By Jonathan Mbiriyamveka
South African-based dancehall musician Buffalo Souljah scored a double at the recently held Channel O Music Video Awards, hoisting the Zimbabwean flag high.
Buffalo Souljah real name Thabani Ndlovu scooped the Most Gifted Duo/Group for Type of Guy that features Namibia’s top group Gal Level and Nigeria’s Taygrin.
The dreadlocked star then collected another award for Most Gifted Ragga/Dancehall for his conscious tune Judgment.
Together with his mentor and ally DJ Waxxy, Buffalo Souljah thrilled the crowds with his patois in his acceptance speech.
“Who Jah bless no one can curse,” he said.
Dressed in a designer suit, Buffalo Souljah really looked like a millionaire and was oozing with confidence.
His collaboration with musicians from as far as Namibia and Nigeria proved worthwhile as his music now appeals to a wider audience across Africa.
Buffalo Souljah has written his own piece of history for becoming the first Zimbabwean musician to win awards in two consecutive years at the Channel O Music Awards. Last year, he won the award for Best Newcomer for his video of Bubble Your Bumz that was won this year by Khuli for Tswastikam.
Only last week, he appeared in Big Brother Revolution alongside DJ Waxxy and Taygrin where they rocked the housemates.
The Mufakose-raised ragga artiste is doing well with his debut album titled The Movement recorded under Hotwax label and was launched in September this year in Harare.
The 17-track album also features the hits Ezandla Phezulu doing rounds on MTV Base, Love Song and Ghetto Anthem, among others.
Other highlights at the Channel O Awards that were beamed in a delayed show on DStv included performances by the yesteryear group TKZee, 2Face and Winnie Khumalo in a tribute to the legendary Brenda Fassie.
Winnie defied her bulky built to deliver a standout performance that also featured the late Brenda’s son — Bongani aka Bongz who later accepted the Special Recognition Award in honour of his mother. She performed the hit songs Weekend Special and Vulindlela and made them her own.
Other winners of the evening were Ikechukwu who won Most Gifted Video of The Year for Shoobeedoo while XOD, a favourite of many won Most Gifted African East for I Want You Back and Darey clinched the Most Gifted Male Artist.
However, in what turned out to be a surprise to many, most South African musicians lost to artists from other countries.