By Albert Maluleke
Giyani- The Only Informer in town recently spoke with Hlamalani Maluleke who is known to her fans as “the guitar Queen” after Mughana Lonene FM (MLFM) let her down in Giyani Stadium in March during Xitsonga annual Music Awards, (XMA14) hosted by the SABC radio station.
The queen said, “I still don’t know what they were thinking, but it wasn’t my time because if it was my time they should have considered me as a local musician at least to give me a chance to perform since I wasn’t nominated to any category”
One of her fans, Mboni Rikhotso, said “it’s shocking that such an event was held in her (the guitar Queen) home town and still she wasn’t contact to give a performance. Hlamalani performed during Marula festival in Phalaborwa in several events, and it brings a question that why she wasn’t called to perform for Xitsonga Music Awards 14 (XMA14)?” He said.
The queen, claimed that she submitted a single- track before June in 2015 tittled Basopa but it was late for recognition according to explainetion she had receive from the station music department just after her submition, and she wasn’t aware that there’s a closing date to make submition. “In 2016 I went to submit another single titled Ayoba, and the song is about us Van’wanati being the kings of Vatsonga tribe, and I’m in the view that the song was rejected because of its lyrics”.
“This year I will submit another single which is going to be a hit, and I promise to work on their time frame to meet their requirements. And I believe I will be nominated” she added
XMA organisers weren’t reached to comment. The Queen congratulated the station for following 90% local content quote. “I think they’re doing a great job local, they’re following that 90% local content quota, and to be honest it’s helping musicians like me”
Meanwhile, they’re reports that musicians are owed an estimated R400m by the SABC, which has not paid music rights in something like seven years – five of them on Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s watch who is currently Suspended as SABC COO following the SABC interim board’s mandate from the parliamentary ad hoc committee to implement its recommendations, among them the findings of a three-year-old Public Protector report calling for his censure for lying about his qualifications, and hugely inflating his and his closest allies’ salaries. He’s currently earning R350 000 a month to stay at home. Word on the board is that it’s over.
The guitar Queen has worked with Djs like Gam-swagg, JonicoKobela and Xitsonga Music artists like Kenny Bevhula and Prince Rhangani. “I’m currently working on another single, and in June this year I will take part in a music tour in Mozambique and also I am with arts and culture concept, its something huge time is ticking” she added.