All the winners at the 2018 Royalty Soapie Awards

2018 Royalty Soapie Awards winners

The winners at the 3rd Annual Royalty Soapie Awards were revealed at an event hosted by the remarkable South Africa comedian, Mpho Pops. 

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For the past two years the awards were hosted by the City of Durban (eThekwini Municipality) in KZN and now for the first time, the awards were held, Wednesday on 14 November in Gauteng’s City of Ekurhuleni at Emperors Palace.

“We are very excited that we were able to bring the awards to Johannesburg. We hosted the awards successfully in the sunny City of Durban for 2 years and being able to bring the awards to the City of Gold has made the awards fully inclusive. We are hoping to take the awards to a new city every 2 to 3 years to ensure we leave our footprint in different regions.” said CEO and founder Winnie Ntshaba.

Out of the eighteen categories awarded, seventeen of which were adjudicated by a panel of judges. Seven categories covered creative and technical aspects while the rest recognised achievements in acting.

The seventeenth category was left in the hands of the public as they chose Most Popular Soapie of the Year. The eighteenth category, Lifetime Achievement in the South African Soap Opera Industry was awarded by Royalty Soapie Awards EXCO to a person that has contributed significantly throughout his or her career to the development, upliftment and advancement of the soapie (small screen) industry.

Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya swooped up a total of four wins out of twenty nominations, following closely and with three wins each was Binnelanders and Isidingo.

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The playing field was levelled as most soap operas that participated walked away with a win.

“I am very pleased with the results and am very happy that most entrants were winners this evening. This would have not been possible without the support of our sponsors who value our creatives in the performing arts” said Ntshaba.

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All the winners at the feather awards 2018

lasizwe and Cedric a fourie Feather Awards 2018

On Thursday night, all the winners of the 10th annual Feather Awards 2018 were announced. The event, which celebrates LGBTI allies, celebrities and activists, was held at Johannesburg City Hall.

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Actor, presenter and musician Somizi Mhlongo entertained the crowd with a stream of witty and slick commentary throughout the night as the MC.

The evening was kicked off with a spectacular performance by an all-star lineup of divas, including Nokukhanya, Nothende, Zandi, Thembisile, Tamara Dey, Wanda Baloyi, Kelly Khumalo, Moneoa, Amstel, and KB.

Daily Sun reported that the awards co-founder Thami Kotlolo explained how the event has grown from a cheeky, controversial affair into a platform that now also involves community projects during the year.

“We currently host community dialogues in urban and rural areas, which discuss issues about LGBTIQ+ rights, needs and interests and training of police, in partnership with the Gauteng Community Safety Department, to increase safety and reduce victimisation,” he said.

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SA Film Wins in Europe to Close Out Festival Run with Clean Sweep

SA film STROOP, Bonné de Bod

The award-winning South African documentary film STROOP – journey into the rhino horn war finished its international premiere run this past weekend with impressive wins in Europe.

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After leaving the US with a final win in Boston at the Mystic Film Festival for ‘Best International Documentary’, the film started its European premiere with a bang at the Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam last week.

Selected to open the festival, the film secured another first by selling out the opening night. The choice of the South African film to open Europe’s prestigious wildlife film festival was a risky one, as the honour is usually given to a European film or an Oscar™ nominee but “the buzz around the rhino documentary made it a natural choice,” said festival director Raymond Laagerwald.

“We have followed the film’s progress through the years of filming and then seeing the final product, we picked it to open even before the Americans gave it so many awards, and that just confirmed what we already knew… that the film would do well here”.

The Dutch national broadcaster’s prime time news programme, Een Vandaag ran a feature about the film coming to the Netherlands which ensured a second sold out screening that the festival had put on to accommodate the hype around the film. It was no surprise then that the film won the coveted Flamingo Award, with the jury stating at the prize-giving ceremony: “This is an impressive and shocking film. The Jury believes the filmmakers, guided by the great main character Bonné de Bod, have managed to show us the immense complexity of the problem of rhino poaching. This body of work is a very powerful and emotional call to action.”

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Cape Town International Film Festival Awards 2018

Cape Town International Film Festival Awards 2018

The 2018 edition of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival wrapped up on Friday October 19th with a Gala Awards evening at the newly re-furbished Cape Town City Hall.

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With over 120 films in competition, across a range of categories, the various juries, made up of film experts from home and afar did not have an easy task in selecting the Award winners.

This year’s festival once again focused a spotlight on various genres including documentary, feature and short films, as well as including themed awards such as Best LGBTQ, Best Asian Film, and a notable award for Best New Director.

CTIFMF Festival Director Leon van der Merwe had this to say of this year’s film selection, “The Festival Director would like to congratulate the winners and thank the various juries for the selection of the Awards. For more than a week the juries had the opportunity to watch films from around the world.

The juries were especially impressed by the Asian features from countries such as Thailand, the Philippines and Taiwan that offered innovative aesthetic approaches to the subject matter. It was also a pleasure to experience the focus on contemporary Italian and Romanian cinema. The entries from across Africa also increased this year both in quantity and quality and it is clear that African film is on the cusp of a major resurgence.”

The overall winner of the year’s Cape Town International Film Market and Festival, recipient of three awards including the most coveted award of the night, The Grand Prix, as well as awards for Best Director Award and Best Actor was the Italian film, Dogman. The film competed at this past year’s Cannes Film Festival where Marcello Fonte also won for Best Actor.

The CTIFMF’s Opening Film, and South Africa’s official official submission for the Oscar’s, Sew the Winter to My Skin, directed by Jahmil X. T Qubeka, won the Award for Best South African Feature Film, whilst Rehad Desai’s Everything Must Fall won for Best South African Documentary, and the Best South African Short Film was won by Rea Moeti’s Mma Moeketsi.

Cape Town International Film Festival Awards

South African film Kanarie also took home the award for Best LGBTQ Film, while Kenyan Director of Supa Modo, Likarion Wainaina, won the award for Best New Director in the New Voices category and was described by the jury as “a true new voice of contemporary cinema. The director succeeds in bringing its audience into the shoes of a kid, showing us the world through her eyes, without ever trivialising nor overdramatizing a difficult topic such as a child’s illness. The director shows an uncommon capacity of leading his actors and keeping a difficult balance between drama, comedy and fairy tale.”

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African Artists Go Head to Head at MTV EMA Awards

MTV EMA Awards Tiwa Savage

MTV Music Awards are back with a bang and the competition is very stiff on the African continent. Between 2017 and 2018 the continent witnessed the release of amazing music from different genres.

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Music artists mainly from South Africa and Nigeria have shaken the airwaves with their melodious and rhythmic musical instruments. This has shown that big things are happening in Africa.

MTV Music Awards has recognised the talent of some of the artists in Africa. Some of them have made it to the 2018 MTV Music Awards. MTV announced the nominees for the 2018 MTV EMA Awards and some African pop stars made it to the list.

It’s not a surprise that the likes of Davido and Tiwa Savage have made it to the nominee’s list. But there is something that will raise many music lovers’ eyebrows. However, the Omunye hit-makers The Distruction Boyz have surprised many due to the fact that they are the new kids on the block. Their appearance on the nomination list clearly showed that they have done remarkably well.

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DJ Sbu to host Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards (MKHMA)

DJ Sbu Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards (MKHMA)

Businessman, radio and television personality DJ Sbu, real name Sibusiso Leope has been announced as the host of the 3rd annual Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards on the 24th of November 2018.

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DJ Sbu, who is best known for this phrase “Oi, Oi Mzansi. uSbuda lo” is a South African Kwaito musician, social entrepreneur, club DJ and a former co-owner of one of the biggest, black owned record labels in South Africa. Despite his numerous accomplishments, 39 year old, Tembisa born host of the DJ Sbu Breakfast Show will be adding another accomplishment to his long list of achievements.

“We previously had Chommee and Skhokho who are both musicians from ekasi to host the awards. Having DJ Sbu host the awards will motivate and inspire upcoming musicians, who come from different townships, to work harder on their dreams and they too might get to host these amazing awards.” Says MKHMA PR & Communications Officer, Mondli Mlauza.

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Nasty C wins Best Male Southern Africa artist award at the 2018 AFRIMMA

Nasty C wins at the 2018 AFRIMMA

Local hip-hop artist Nasty C, born Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, who is also known as The Coolest Kid in Africa, walked away with the Best Male Southern Africa artist award at the 2018 AFRIMMA (All Africa Music Awards).

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The 5th edition of the AFRIMMA Awards and Music festival was held on Sunday, October 7 in Dallas, Texas, United States in honour of the dedicated work of African artists.

The event was established by the International Committee AFRIMA, in collaboration with the African Union to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting the African cultural heritage.

The 21-year-old rapper was nominated in the categories for the Best Male Southern Africa, Artist of the Year, Best Rap Act, Best Collaboration, and Song of the Year.

Nasty C is also best known for hits like “Juice Back”, “Jump” (featuring Cassper Nyovest) as well as international collaborations with the likes of Major lazer, Jidenna and Ice Prince on the song “Particula”.

The rapper is currently on tour across Southern Africa. His next Ivyson Tour will be held on the 20th October 2018, at Melrose Arch Piazza, Melrose Boulevard, Melrose, Johannesburg..

Big names such as Gemini Major, Tellaman. A-Reece, Major Leagues DJZ, Boity Thulo and PH will be also join him on his tour.

Taking to social media, the talented rapper said: ““GOD and MY FANS This tour brings me nothing but good energy (sic).”

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Distruction Boyz and Shekinah nominated at the MTV EMAs

Distruction Boyz and Shekinah nominated at the MTV EMAs

Gqom music duo from Durban, Distruction Boyz and singer-songwriter from Durban, Shekhinah Thandi Donnell have been nominated at the MTV EMAs (MTV European Music Awards).

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MTV Europe Music Award is an award presented by Viacom International Media Networks to honour artists and music in pop culture. It was originally conceived as an alternative to the MTV Video Music Awards, which are hosted annually in the United States.

Distruction Boyz and Shekhinah are nominated in the Best African Act alongside last year’s winner Davido, Fally Ipupa and Tiwa Savage.

“That is such great news! We are super happy and this just shows that gqom is the future,” the group’s Goldmax told TshisaLIVE who broke the news to them.

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Bonginkosi “Zola” Dlamini pulls out as host for Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards

Bonginkosi “Zola” Dlamini

The road to the 3rd annual Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards has been one of many trials and tribulations. One of which was the announcement of radio and tv personality, Bonginkosi Dlamini aka Zola as the host on the 24th of November.

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Sadly though, the Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards would like to announce that Zola has pulled out as our host for the night and we unfortunately have to find his replacement despite paying him his deposit and later having him signing a contract we had already agreed to.

We are disappointed that one of our most loved Kwaito artist has made this decision without informing MKHMA management of the reason behind him having cold feet so close to our main event which will be hosted at the Top Arena in Carnival City but have decided not to take legal action against the Kwaito star as he is one of our own and we as the Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards will always support our local artists. “As disappointing as it is, Life goes on. I don’t hold grudges and May the Lord I serve bless him. We are ready for the 24th of November and we will be announcing our host soon” says MKHMA Founder and CEO, Perfecta Khumalo.

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Actress Thuso Mbedu bags a nod at the International Emmy Awards

Thuso Mbedu International Emmy Awards

Generations: The Legacy actress Thuso Mbedu has bagged herself a nod at the 2018 International Emmy Awards.

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Thuso Mbedu is once again nominated for her role as Winnie in the second season of the Mzansi Magic drama, Is’thunzi.

The SAFTA award-winning actress has been nominated in the Best Actress category and will go up against other actresses from Germany, Brazil and the UK.

“Wow, look at God! To be nominated twice is amazing. The first time was great but this second time is sweeter. I am blessed to have worked with such a great team and am humbled to be representing South Africa and the talent that it possesses at the awards ceremony,” she said in a statement released by her management.

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