How UkhoziFm's Song of the Year divided Twitter
KwaZulu-Natal radio station UkhoziFm's choice for 2018's Song of the Year sparked a debate that divided Twitter.
UkhoziFm announced DJ Prince Kaybee and Busiswa's hit song Banomoya as the song to end 2018, despite debate that Limpopo DJ King Monada's Malwedhe should have been number one.
Monada's hit single dominated social media and airwaves as many South Africans shared videos of the Idibala dance move which went viral.
Malwedhe made it to UkhoziFm's list in third place following Manqonqo's Eyadini in second place. However, many were not impressed, with some accusing UkhoziFm and its listeners of tribalism for voting for a Nguni song.
Other songs that made the list include Dladla Mshunqisi's Amalukuluku at number 4 and Moya Wami by Abathandwa in fifth place.
The national radio station, which boasts a following of 7.3 million listeners, ruffled some feathers on Twitter:
SABC must review this decision of letting only one radio station dictate to the rest of the country which song is the song of the year simply based on its large listenership!Or else this year again we going to experience a situation whereby a maskandi song wll be song of the year— treasure (@treasur72203179) January 1, 2019
Others simply felt Banomoya's win was well deserved
I love #Malwedhe I'd seen it as a serious contender for the Summer Song. But here's the thing, u can't beat the sort of being deliberate, strategic, timeous, consistent that #Banomoya has been. Failure to build on momentum&poor artist management is fatal. Miss me on tribalism BS.— Asanda Magaqa (@asandamagaqa) January 1, 2019