South African DJ, Lamiez Holworthy has taken to social media to reflect on winning two awards at the first annual Basadi Music Awards (BMAs), paying tribute to the role her mother played in her success. The DJ bagged both the DJ of the Year and Music TV Presenter of the Year.
“It took me 12 years… 12 whole years to build my brand. 12 years that weren’t always the easiest and truth is, I owe both awards to my mother,” Lamiez said. “My mom who believed in me when this was all just a dream, who took money meant to pay the electricity bill and bought me headphones when I just started out(this meant that my family had to sit in the dark a little longer).
“My mom who drove me to gigs with my late dad in a SECURITY VAN because we didn’t have another car at home at the time. My mom who’d spend her last on printing and wearing T-shirts with my name and Logo on it because she believed in me that much.
“My mom whose been my manager since day 1,” she added. Lamiez also paid tribute to her supporters, saying that she owes both awards to each and every loyal supporter who used their time and hard-earned money to vote for her.
“This win is OURS,” she said. She said that whilst success looks easy on social media, it is far from it. “It took me over a decade to build the woman I’ve become,” Lamiez said. She said that she prays little girls stop believing the hype on social media and see that hard work really does pay off.
“Sadly people put themselves under pressure based on the facades they see online. No one really shows or speaks about the struggles behind the scenes,” she added.