Kaunda Selisho
Lifestyle Journalist
2 minute read
31 Dec 2021
7:24 pm

Will Ukhozi FM’s song of the year cause another fight this year?

Kaunda Selisho

'Ingoma Ehlukanisa Unyaka' is an annual campaign that sees South Africans drop everything to find out what Ukhozi FM's song of the year is.

Musicians microphone. Picture: iStock

All eyes are once again on SABC radio station Ukhozi FM as the station gears up to ring in the New Year with a tradition they began years ago – by counting down the year’s hottest songs with the song of the year playing at midnight as the country crosses over into a new year.

This year, Ukhozi has unveiled what they call “an exciting New Year’s Eve lineup” made up of a team of on-air presenters specially arranged to deliver specialized shows on the day.

“This exciting line-up promises to keep listeners entertained throughout the day as we build-up to the crossover song Ingoma Ehlukanisa Unyaka (the song that will ring in the new year) at midnight,” explained the station in a statement.

According to the station, the announcement of the popular Ingoma Ehlukanisa Unyaka segement will be the highlight of the day as the song with the most votes will cross over into 2022 and be declared song of the year.

“Voters still have the opportunity to decide the winners as voting ends at 12 noon on Friday, December 31, 2021. The station will have two popular Ukhozi FM presenters host the crossover show, which will air from 9pm – 1am. To keep up the suspense of who will host the show, listeners will have to tune in to the show to find out who will be hosting it.”

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Ingoma Ehlukanisa Unyaka is an annual campaign that sees South Africans from all walks of life drop everything they’re doing and tune into Ukhozi FM to find out what the song of the year is.

“Listeners participating in the Ingoma Ehlukanisa Unyaka competition are encouraged to increase their chances of winning a share of R155,000 by sending an SMS to 33665 to vote for their favourite artist and song.”

Prizes up for grabs for those who vote for the Ukhozi FM song of the year winner:

  • Third prize winner – R30 000
  • Second prize winner – R50 000
  • First prize winner – R75 000

“Listeners can look forward to a fun-filled day with lots of prizes, engagements with their favourite presenters and a lot of great music to usher in 2022. We wish our 8 million listeners a safe, happy and prosperous New Year,” said Ukhozi FM Business Manager Sbongi Ngcobo in a statement.