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Ukhozi FM song of the year. Images via Instagram @ukhozi_fm

Man, 25, stabbed to death ‘over Ukhozi FM song of the year’

A KZN man has killed his friend allegedly over the hotly-contested and controversial Ukhozi FM song of the year competition.

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Ukhozi FM song of the year. Images via Instagram @ukhozi_fm

A 24-year-old man has been arrest in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), for killing his friend during a fight that was allegedly over the Ukhozi FM song of the year (ingoma eyohlukanisa unyaka) contest.

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Sunday World reports that the incident took place on 31 December at a local store when the two men argued over maskandi archrival musicians Khuzani “Khuba” Mpungose and Mthandeni “Igcokama Elisha” Manqele who took the first and second spot in the competition, respectively.

The controversial Ukhozi FM new year song contest saw Khuzani’s Umjolo Lowo song raking in 993 667 votes, while Paris by Mthandani SK featuring Lwah Ndlunkulu appeared at number two with 746 338 votes.

KZN police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda confirmed the arrest, saying: “Police in Ntambanana have arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the murder of a 25-year-old man who was allegedly stabbed to death at Ebhokisini Area.”

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The incident has been condemned by the South African Traditional Music Achievements Awards (Satma).

Keletso Dlamini, spokesperson for Satma, said they are going to have a meeting with the SABC and other stakeholders concerning the matter.

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“We appeal to all traditional music lovers to stay away from the act of violence. We have been complaining for many years that traditional music was not taken seriously. It was never part of this [Ukhozi FM New Year song contest] for years. Now that we are part of it, we start hearing news like this. It is very unfortunate,” said Dlamini.

“After all, this is a game, no one is forced to participate. It comes out of love for traditional music; love is not supposed to kill anyone. Please let us spread positive news, message of love and stop swearing at each other.”