Tuesday, October 17, 2006


SA Artists shine at MTV Awards!

I have had a few days off, recovering from a bit of bronchitis & a fever, which is never easy when the summer weather starts rolling in! One isn’t sure if you’re sweating from outer or inner heat! And this is exaggerated by the wind that has been beating around our heads the last few days, not allowing windows or doors to be opened for fear of all paperwork ending in the neighbour’s garden!

It’s also been a weekend with lots of news about South African artists coming in – leaving me wondering about who and what to feature first!

Sadly, Busi Mhlongo (pictured left) was featured in a double spread article in the Sunday Times Life Style supplement; Bongani Masondo wrote a beautiful article not only as a fan but also a very concerned friend of Busi’s, who has made it known that she has been ill for awhile with breast cancer. I don’t what this means for her future, and I will be speaking to her later this week when I will have more news, but at this stage we can only wish her all the strength and love to pull herself through this obstacle in her life.

We also heard on Monday that Presely Chweneyagae was one of the artists nominated for Film Life's 2006 Black Movie Awards - A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present and Future. And he won!

The young actor was up for an Outstanding Performance by an Actor award for his role in the movie Tsotsi - which also won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.

Chiwetel Ejiofor (Kinky Boots), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Shadowboxer), Tyrese Gibson (Waist Deep) and Denzel Washington (Inside Man) were also gunning for the same award – and so bringing more respect to his talents, but also to the SA Film industry as a whole – awesome stuff!

And it was the Channel O Spirit of Africa Music Video Awards this weekend! Most of SA’s top groups were represented there, with live performances from Freshlyground, Mzekezeke & Arthur amongst others. Zola was recognized by receiving the Special Recognition Award for work he has done for the upliftment of youth on the continent, in particular as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in East Africa. You can see the winners here - pretty cool.

So in celebration of some of the awards that have been floating around here… (Floating trophy? There was also a Curry Cup that couldn’t be secured this weekend…) I wanted to feature another great South African award winning production, U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, featuring the vivacious Pauline Malefane (pictured right) as Carmen.

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