Some great achievements in the South African entertainment industry.
For one, Lady Smith Black Mambazo returned home for the first time in April since being awarded with their fifth Grammy win. The choral group said that they were actually performing at a gig when the announcement was made. They sent their brother to represent them at the Grammy Awards, and the group was applauded at their place of performance when the program directed informed them of the achievement. However, the return of Lady Smith Black Mambazo was not a long one as the group was invited to perform at the Queen’s 92nd birthday celebration in London. The trip away from home also includes a four week tour of the UK.
More on the awards front, South African artists did us proud at the SAMA Nomination Ceremony in April.
One of our long time favorites, Siphokazi, was nominated under the category “Best African Adult Contemporary Album” as well as Swing City and Thami Shobede, who was nominated under the categories Best Adult Contemporary and Best Reggae/Soul/R&B individually. We are proud to see Siphokazi as a nominee after her long break from the spotlight.
Paxton Fielies also did us proud when she left for Sweden as part of the World Children’s Prize Foundation to perform for Her Royal Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, but was pleasantly surprise when the Queen her with the role of Ambassador for the Queen’s initiative “You, Me: Equal rights” campaign and was presented with a crystal globe as acknowledgement. As if this excitement is not enough, Paxton was complimented by the Queen as the Queen said she likes Paxton’s music. Returning home from this great achievement, Paxton will be launching her Debut Album in May this year.
The Graeme Watkins Project reached major success with the release of their previous single, Come Running, which received international fandom as well as charted on 5FM for over a year. In light of the success around their first single, the Indie/Pop-Rock group has taken valuable time t perfect their next single, King of the Jungle, which they said is to be released in May. We can’t wait to hear how the new release compares to their previous single.
In the film industry, local film, Catching Feelings, was released in cinemas early March. The film was written and directed by comedian Kagiso Lediga who also stars in the film. It won best feature film at the Cape Town International Film Festival and seems to be a comedy worthy of its category.
Further on the comedic front was “Don’t Burn Your Sausage”. At the Rand Park Golf Club, Master Chef S.A judge, Pete Goffee-Wood and renowned comic and celebrity Master Chef winner, Chris Forrest teamed up to prepare a unique three course meal, which consisted of foreplay, intercourse and afterglow. A funny and delicious comedy/cooking show, which demonstrated how food and sex intertwine.
Additionally, DJ Black Coffee expressed sorrow at the unexpected death of world famous DJ Avicci on Saturday the 20th of April. The pair had plans to work together and looked forward to sharing ideas.
All round, we are proud of our local stars for their monumental achievements. Well done S.A.