I’ve never hid the fact that my knowledge in the Afrikaans music industry is rather limited but when a good friend of mine, Conrad Schwellnus, asked me if I wanted to join him at the 2nd Ghoema Awards I couldn’t say no.

I went to the awards last year and I had a great time so I was keen to check it out again and I’m so glad I did. Barry Pretorius and the team put on a world-class event. I loved how the awards flowed, how the winners kept their ‘thank yous’ short and sweet and how much effort the performers put into their act.

Jay performs his hit single 'Twee'.

Jay performs his hit single ‘Twee’.

Elvis Blue, Eden, Corlea Botha and Jay stole the show, for me, with their electric performances and awesome stage presence. With regards to the awards, however, it was clearly Elvis Blue, Joshua Na Die Reen and Karlien Van Jaarsveld’s year.

The awards were fantastic and I was happy to see some familiar faces around Carnival City’s Big Top Arena – especially my friend Willem Botha!

Kurt Darren takes the stage and performs 'Seerover'.

Kurt Darren takes the stage and performs ‘Seerover’.

Below are the full list of winners:

Album van die jaar: Elvis Blue / Afrikaans
Manlike Kunstenaar van die jaar: Elvis BLue
Vroulike Kunstenaar van die jaar: Karlien van Jaarsveld
Groep van die jaar: Van Coke Kartel
Liedjie van die jaar: Superhero / Eden
Nuweling van die jaar: Joshua na die Reen
Pop-album deur ’n manlike kunstenaar: Jay /Dis hoe ons rol
Pop-album deur ’n vroulike kunstenaar: Karlien van Jaarsveld/ Uitklophou
Kontemporêre-album deur ’n manlike kunstenaar: Joshua na die Reen / Joshua na die Reen
Kontemporêre-album deur ’n vroulike kunstenaar: Andriette / Wat rym met liefde
Album deur ’n Duo of groep (Pop / Kontemporêr): 4Werke / Vier Harte
Beste Geestelike-album: Joe Niemand / Genoeg is genoeg
Beste Kinder-album of DVD: Carike Keuzenkamp /Ghoempie in Kinderland 10 DVD
Beste Alternatiewe-album: Daniel Eurwick / Op ’n Lee Paron
Beste Rock-album: Van Coke Kartel / Bloed Sweet en Trane
Beste Instrumentale-album: Ockie Vermeulen / Obsession
Beste DVD-produksie: Die Heuwels Fantasties / Live op Paul Cluver
Beste Musiekvideo: Eens in ’n leeftyd / Bobby van Jaarsveld en Riana Nel
Beste Liedjieskrywer: Joe Niemand
Ere-toekenning: Lewenslange Bydrae: Anton Goosen
Ere-toekenning: Beste Verkoper – Uitklophou van Karlien van Jaarsveld
Ere-toekenning: Baanbreker – Coleske
Ere-toekenning: Baanbreker – Carel Hofmann (Oppikoppie)

Elvis Blue wins big at the Ghoemas.

Elvis Blue wins big at the Ghoemas.

Last year Bobby Van Jaarsveld cleaned the Ghoemas, but 2014 was clearly sister Karlien's year!

Last year Bobby Van Jaarsveld cleaned the Ghoemas, but 2014 was clearly sister Karlien’s year!

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