The South African Amapiano Awards organiser, DJ Qness, is facing legal action for allegedly stealing the concept of the awards
The Innaugural South African Amapiano Awards are facing controversy! The organiser for the anticipated award ceremony, DJ Qness, is accused of stealing the idea for the awards.
A different organisation called Amapinao Awards, has claimed that the founder of the South African Amapiano Awards (SAAPA), DJ Qness, stole the concept for the show.
The award ceremony launched on the 20th of July amidst controversy. Some people questioning whether the list of nominees was as accurate as it should be. Most people on social media were disputing certain inclusions such as Uncle Vinny and Cassper Nyovest. And the exclusion of one of the pioneers of the genre, Kelvin Momo.
According to Sowetan Live, lawyer Kevin Smith, acting on behalf of nonprofit company Amapiano Awards, has issued SAAPA organisers, with a cease and desist letter.
The legal document claims that a concept by Amapiano Awards (registered in October 2019) was allegedly replicated and rebranded by SAAPA without consent and authorisation.
DJ Qness has hit back at these claims, calling them baseless. He says that the accusations are defamatory to his organisation and cause.
“We requested them to provide substantiation and proof of their claims because their claims are defamatory to our organisation and to our cause. It’s been a week, they still have not sent that proof, they only sent us a cease and desist letter and a registration document for their company,” he told TshisaLive.
The South African Amapinao Awards were announced on the 20th of July with 20 catergories and over 40 nominees. Busta 929, Focalistic, DBN Gogo, Kabza De Small and De Mthuda are leading the nominations.
This is a developing story that we’ll be keeping our eyes on.