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All the winners from the 2017 Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards

Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards

The 7th annual Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards took place on Saturday night at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg.

Themed The Freedom of Funny, the 2017 installment celebrated the power that humour has to break down barriers and open borders between African countries and encourage the free flow of comedy talent.

It was the first year the Savanna Pan-African Award was handed out with the five nominees being flown in from Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Angola and Lesotho to join their South African counterparts.

This year’s winners are:

For selling out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and his highly successful tour of Australia, Loyiso Gola won the coveted Breakthrough Award, which is bestowed upon an act whose achievement elevates South African comedy significantly.

Up-and-coming contender Thabiso Mhlongo won the hotly contested Savanna Newcomer of the Year category with previous newcomer winner Ebenhaezer Dibakwane scooping the Intermediate Award.

Funnyman Salesman (Collen Chepi) received the Non-English Comic Award for his hilarious vernacular routines. Mojak Lehoko received the Comic’s Pen Award for his outstanding writing on several local television productions.

The Nando’s Best Friend of Comedy was awarded to Goliath & Goliath for the third time for their ongoing support and facilitation of South African comedy.

Acknowledging that the audience is a huge player in the industry, the Audience Choice Award is the only category where the public can vote -mand this year’s Waldo went to Elton Mduduzi Ntuli. This is the second time Elton has received this award and it is testament to the massive amount of effort he put into campaigning for public votes.

Skhumba Hlophe scooped two awards this year – both to huge applause from the audience. First was The Flying Solo Award for his hugely successful one-man-show #1STOFALL.

Second was the apex of the Savanna CCA’s, The Savanna Comic of the Year, which acknowledged the incredible hard work Skhumba has put into his craft and his career in the last year.

Hailing from Nigeria, the inaugural Savanna Pan-African Comic of the Year Award went to Basketmouth (Bright Okpocha), a revered celebrity worldwide and one of the hardest working comedians in Africa.  Performing in different countries weekly, it’s no wonder he has over 7,6m followers on social media and arrived in SA to an entourage of adoring fans.

John Vlismas directed the show and was most proud of the tribute to the late Cyril Green, who was announced as the Lifetime Achiever recipient shortly before he passed away in July.

Source: The Juice

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The Long Awaited Gospel Musical #MARIA to showcase in Durban during the 10th SABC Crown Awards

Gospel Musical #MARIA

Gospel Musical #MARIA, a production by the World Gospel Powerhouse in association with Boss Lady, will showcase live at the upcoming 10th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards on the 26th of November 2017 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Center (Durban ICC).

This ground breaking stage productionwas well received during its launch at Carnival City in June 2017. Entertainment Guru Jerry Mofokeng, renowned gospel musician Pastor Benjamin Dube and founding Principal of the gospel ensemble Joyous Celebration, Lindelani Mkhize were some of the many industry leaders that echoed their sentiments after witnessing the execution of this grand production.

The SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards will this year celebrate 10 Years since its inception in 2008. With a decade of existence, evident of growth, lives changed, the unearthing and identification of raw talent and the massive transformation of the industry – the gospel musical #MARIA is a fitting production to open the 10th awards show with its element of creativity, music and dance by the young talent that the World Gospel Powerhouse has discovered.



This is a unique, one of a kind theatre project that tells the story of Jesus by Maria. Therefore, whilst it is not about Maria but about the son, for the first time, Maria and the women in the Bible have a voice! The story is told through son, acting and dance. The story begins with a teenage girl who has a bizarre visitation and she is challenged to raise a unique Son against a hostile environment of the burdened people. He is meant to unshackle, but they end up killing him leaving Maria carrying the heavy burden of distress. But also, at the end she rejoices at the resurrection! The prophecies are fulfilled!

The public can expect to be treated to a great deal of song, dance, performing arts, praise & worship, a joyous banter and a mood of reflection as Maria opens the show for the biggest and leading gospel industry awards in South Africa and beyond – 10th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards, a decade of gospel excellence!

Nominations are still open and will close on the 30th September 2017, forms available on www.theafricangospel.com or by calling 0313033520 or sending a Whatsapp text to 0818461824. Early bird ticket purchases are welcome and can be made through our offices by calling 0313033520 sending a request to [email protected].

You can also join the Crown Awards conversation by following us on our SOCIAL MEDIA platforms, Facebook: Crown Gospel Music Awards, Instagram: @crowngospelmusicawards and Twitter: @SabcCrownAwards, Facebook: Maria the Musical ….. (Hashtags: #Sekukaningi #CrownAwards10 #DoubleLevels #MARIA)

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Two Big Special Categories for the 10th SABC Crown Gospel Awards 2017

SABC Crown Gospel Zanele la Mbokazi Nkambule

“Two Special Categories introduced, as the Crowns celebrate 10 Years: Song of the Decade & Artist of the Decade.”

Fans and lovers of this massive music genre must be prepared for their souls to be fed with uplifting music and a hive of gospel activities at the upcoming SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards. This year, this popular production will be celebrating 10 Years of its existence, and not just its existence alone – but a decade of transforming the industry to be one that still puts the gospel first in all its crafts. “We celebrate the fact that over the years since the inception of the Crowns, we have lived up to our vision and mammoth task of recognizing and rewarding the well deserving individuals within the sector of Gospel Music and we are proud to be the brand that is behind building most of the decorated artists and stakeholders of the industry who are revered by millions of fans in South Arica and beyond”, says Zanele la Mbokazi Nkambule.



The Crown Awards are what they are today, the biggest platform ever, because of the public and gospel community that continue to support this initiative day in and out – with this in mind, for the first time ever since 2008 we are giving the public an opportunity to nominate the Gospel Artist of the Decade and Gospel Song of the Decade. Who is that one artist that gives you the shivers and moves you to a higher place when you hear him or her sing? That one artist who has been consistent over the past 9 years? Is there a song that still moves you in your happiest or troubling times?

If you have a song or artist in mind, then that song or artists should be submitted as a nominee for the Crown Awards 10th Year celebratory categories! (The Decade Categorie!!)

Look back over the years, remember the cheers of excitement when one hears the sounds of a particular song that lead us to sing along, that one song that never missed.

The music lists of almost all radio stations. Those artists that left us wanting for more of their reviving songs of praise and worship as they take off the stage. The songs and artists that have kept us to our feet for the past years.

This is an opportunity for you to be part of rewarding your favourite artist or song by just sending an SMS to 34069. To nominate your artist of the decade: SMS Artist of the Decade + Name of Artist to 34069; and to submit your favourite song as a nominee for song of the decade: SMS Song of the Decade + Song Title to 34069. SMS Costs R1.50 Nominations will close on the 30th September 2017.

The 10th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards will be held on the 25th& 26th of November 2017 at the Iconic Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Center (Durban ICC) in beautiful and warm City Durban. Additional Categories for this year include the Clap & Tap Category as well as the Best iTende Category. Nomination forms are available from www.theafricangospel.comor by calling 0313033520 or sending a Whatsapp message to 0818461824.

You can also join the Crown Awards conversation by following us on our SOCIAL MEDIA platforms, Facebook: Crown Gospel Music Awards, Instagram: @crowngospelmusicawards and Twitter: @SabcCrownAwards (Hashtags: #Sekukaningi #CrownAwards10 #DoubleLevels

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Terry Pheto wins BIG at London awards

Terry Pheto London awards

International award-winning South African actress, Terry Pheto, adds another two international accolades to her already impressive resume, after winning big on Saturday night at the 4th annual International Achievement Recognition Awards (London Awards) (IARA Awards) in London.

Terry Pheto entered the IARA Awards as the most nominated actor this year and walked away the biggest winner having won the most awards of the night as well as having won in the biggest categories of the night.

On Terry Pheto’s wins, the IARA Awards founder, Helen Imuaphe, shares: “Her passion, talent and enthusiasm is inspiring. I wish her many more giant strides. Enormous congratulations to Terry Pheto. I’m so proud of her.”

Taking home the Best Actress 2017 award for her role in A United Kingdom, and the Best Actress TV / Drama 2017 for her role in the BET Nelson Mandela series; Terry Pheto shares:

“Both A United Kingdom and Madiba portray very important stories. Seeing these stories travel globally has been a beautiful journey. It has been an absolute honour to be in a position to have played strong characters in both roles. Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela for example is one of the strongest women I know. I’m in awe of her strength and resilience after all she’s been through. She inspires me to believe that I can overcome any obstacles or challenges in life and still remain human, kind and unshaken.”

Terry Pheto’s IARA Award wins come off the back of winning Best Supporting Actress at the National Film Awards UK earlier this year for her role in A United Kingdom.

As usual Terry Pheto stunned on the red carpet in a Leopard Frock creation by Marianne Fassler. The two have had a long standing relationship where over the past 12 years, Terry Pheto has grabbed headlines and won best dressed at many awards and global events dressed in Leopard Frock.

Follow Terry Pheto on social media to catch some of her IARA Awards highlights.

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All systems go for 2017 Ghana Awards South Africa

Ghana Awards 2017

It’s all systems go for the third annual Ghana Awards South Africa which is set to be a spectacular red carpet banquet attended by a target audience of business leaders, influential political figures and movers and shakers from the Ghanaian and South African Community.

The event will be hosted by the eloquent founder of Toon Server Daniel Addy and Communications and Marketing Director of Ghana Awards SA Hetty Boache – Yiadon.

Date: Saturday, 26 August 2017
Time: 6pm till late
Location: Asanka Restaurant Cnr Rivonia Rd, & Mutual Rd, Sandton, Johannesburg
Cost: R350 (single) & R600 (couple)

Tickets can be purchased via here: http://www.ghanaawardssa.co.za/tickets.html

The ceremony will recognise and reward Ghanaians based in South Africa who exhibit excellence in all areas of life from business to sport, entertainment to public service, the arts to charitable works.

“Event has evolved to be bigger and better support from Ghanaian Community in South Africa and the Ghana High Commission in Pretoria,” expresses Mavis Anim Founder and Director of the awards.

Various strategic businesses have already partnered with Ghana Awards SA such as Mama Money, Sankofa Insurance Brokers and Media Africa Studios.

The public nominates outstanding candidates in pre-selected categories. A panel of experts compiles a shortlist of recommendations for the final selection. Voting is still open to the public until 18 August click here to vote: www.ghanaawardssa.co.za/vote.html

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2017 Simon Mabhunu Sabela Awards winners announced

2017 Simon Mabhunu Sabela Awards

Hard work does pay off.  After months of hard work by the judges, going through just over 100 entries from the industry, the Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela Film and Television Awards winners were announced last night Saturday 15 July, during the 5TH Annual Simon Sabela Film Television Awards, a glamorous event held at The Playhouse in Durban.

The awards were attended by the crème de la crème of the film and television industry including celebrities and representatives from the African continent such as Kenya and Nigeria, as well government officials from other provinces.

Winner of Best Actress 2017 at the Simon Sabela Awards … I'm in TEARS! So overwhelmed!!! 😭😭😭😭❤️

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“We would like to congratulate the 2017 winners of the prestigious Simon Sabela awards. The Sabela’s continue to grow from strength to strength, an indication that the KZN film industry is moving in the right direction.  The amount of support from our partners has been phenomenal, in addition the newly formed partnership with LUX, will go a long way in ensuring that women filmmakers get motivated to excel in their craft. Once again, congratulations to all the winners, we look forward to another exciting instalment in 2018 where the stakes will be even higher, especially in categories such as best use of KZN as a location as we have seen a lot of funded productions coming out on circuit in 2017.”says CEO Carol Coetzee.

The following emerged as winners in 2017

Best Emerging Director  Kundai Vera Stranger Danger
Best Actress – TV  Nomzamo Mbatha Isibaya
Best Actor – TV Siyabonga Thwala        Isibaya
Best Supporting Actress – TV Gcina Mkhize Isibaya
Best Supporting Actor – TV Andile Mxakaza Isibaya
Best Newcomer   Linda Mtoba Isibaya
Best Student Film  Amandiya
Best Documentary Feature  The Scar of Seven Day War
Best Documentary short  Durban Beach Rescue
Best use of KZN as a location Inkinga Isibongo
Best IsiZulu Film Buchitheke Bugayiwe
Best Screenplay Umfelokazi
Best Microbudget Film Ikhaya Lami
Best Feature Film Happiness is a Four-letter Word
Best Newcomer Actress (Film) Ayanda Mngoma   Imbali ka Baba
Lifetime Achiever Mikhail Peppers

The Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela Film and Television Awards are an initiative of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs and are implemented by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission.

About KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is a provincial state entity, under the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa established in terms of the KwaZulu-Natal Commission Act, 2010 (Act No 3 of 2010). Its mandate is to facilitate support throughout the value chain to the local and international film industry through creating opportunities and also growing the KwaZulu-Natal film industry.

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Du Boiz wins Best Music Video for Dope Dream featuring Tyga at the Metro FM Music Awards

Du Boiz,

Rising talented Hip Hop freshman from Newcastle, Du Boiz, walked away with a coveted Metro FM Music Award (MMA16) in the category Best Music Video for his hit single Dope Dream featuring American Hip Hop sensation Tyga.

The music video for Du Boiz’s Dope Dream was shot in Los Angeles by world renowned music director Matt Alonso, and his win this past Saturday at MMA16 at the Durban ICC was highly deserved.

Watch Du Boiz’s Dope Dream music video here: 

Du Boiz’s Metro FM Music Award (MMA16) Best Music Video nomination was the freshman’s first MMA nomination and now win. Du Boiz’s international collaboration with Tyga took the continent by storm and the recognition by Metro FM and his fans means a lot to him.

Du Boiz and Tyga

“I just had a DOPE DREAM” expresses Du Boiz about his win. He further adds: “I would like to thank Mabala Noise and all my fans who voted for making this DOPE DREAM possible.”

Du Boiz received his first major spotlight after signing to Mabala Noise and releasing his smash hit single titled Celebration early last year, which made it onto numerous radio and TV charts.

Following the hugely successful release of Celebration, Du Boiz returned with another chart topping single Dope Dream which has been play listed on various radio stations across the country.

Although Dope Dream sounds different from his first single, Du Boiz has raised the bar with this single as he shows his diverse music abilities and making inroads across the Hip Hop scene whilst growing his fan base locally.

Making serious waves in the hip hop scene, Du Boiz brings a unique approach to the local hip hop industry and his international appeal will place him in good stead.

With a recent collaboration with South Africa’s Supa Mega, AKA, make sure to follow Du Boiz on social media for news on the music video drop of his latest single, Hallelujah featuring AKA, which will show the country yet again why Du Boiz is the type of artist to get recognition in a category such as Best Music Video.

Connect with Du Boiz:

Facebook: Du Boiz (https://www.facebook.com/DuBoizRSA)
Twitter: @DuBoizSA
Instagram: @DuBoizSA
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDgyR7H-Mw0

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Mobi Dixon launches new single Ezizweni off his Metro FM Award Winning Album Live The Music

Mobi Dixon

Just off the back of winning Best Dance Album at the 16th annual Metro FM Music Awards which took place in Durban this past Saturday, 25 February 2017; Mobi Dixon releases the latest single off his award winning album Live The Music, titled Ezizweni featuring multi-award winning Afro Soul singer, Berita.

Mobi Dixon’s Ezizweni is now available on all digital platforms to stream and download here: https://SonyMusicAfrica.lnk.to/TzfPX

Ezizweni tells a story of how the power of love can take you places. The emotions drawn from being in the presence of your loved one can figuratively make you feel like you are in places you’ve never been to before.

“I would like people to remember how exciting love can be whether new or old. Making the effort to spend more time with your partner and do exiting things together is major key. Cherish your partner like a treasure and they will literally and figuratively take you places,” expresses Mobi Dixon.

Ezizweni is the third radio single to be released off Mobi Dixon’s Live The Music album and follows his signature tribal soul house sound with beautiful sultry lyrics that will appeal to a broader base of fans around the country.

On collaborating with Berita, Mobi Dixon shares:  “I first met Berita in 2011 when she was a student at the Walter Sisulu University. I immediately fell in love with her voice when I first heard her perform at a poetry session. We spoke of working together in future when the time is right and the Live The Music album was the perfect opportunity. We spent quite a lot time in studio over 3 sessions till we found what we were looking for and Ezizweni was born.”

The Metro FM Music Awards Best Dance Album is a hotly contended category every year and Mobi Dixon’s win this year is testament to the hard work he has put into his music over the years, which has led to the release of his latest album titled Live The Music. Live The Music  includes chart topping singles such as Trigger featuring Inga Hina, Mixed Up Chick featuring Monique Bingham, and the remix to Tresor’s Never Let Me go just to name a few.

“Thank you so much to everyone that voted! Eastern Cape this one’s for you! My family for the continued love and support and everyone who I worked with on the album,” expresses Mobi Dixon about his Metro FM Music Awards Best Dance Album win.

Make sure to follow Mobi Dixon on social media as he embarks on a media tour promoting his new single Ezizweni featuring Berita.

Mobi Dixon’s Live The Music album is available in all good music stores nationwide and on all digital music platforms here: https://SonyMusicAfrica.lnk.to/TzfPX

Connect with Mobi Dixon:

Facebook: Mobi Dixon
Twitter: @Mobi_Dixon
Instagram: @MobiDixon
YouTube: https://youtu.be/VNaWRLdwQpQ

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Yung Swiss gives stellar performance at the 16th annual Metro FM Music Awards

Yung Swiss

Rising freshman, Yung Swiss, who has been named by the likes of MTV Base Africa as a TOP act to watch out for in 2017, gave a stellar performance this past weekend at the 16th annual Metro FM Music Awards which took place at the Durban ICC on Saturday, 25 February 2017.

Yung Swiss’ performance was part of DJ Speedsta’s Mayo performance set. Yung Swiss, who is responsible for the Mayo hook which subsequently led to the naming of DJ Speedsta’s Mayo track; stole the opening performance segment with his high energy set and audience singing along to the hook.

Yung Swiss’ outfit was also a highly talked about point on social media during and after his performance. His pajama ensemble is characteristic of Yung Swiss’ personality. He is an artist that isn’t afraid to push the boundary and go against the status quo.

“Yung Swiss had a massive breakthrough year in 2016 and Metro FM inviting him to perform in their opening set of their award show speaks volume to their belief that Yung Swiss has what it takes to do justice to a live broadcast award ceremony,” expresses Kyle Brown of Play Ground Productions, to which Yung Swiss is signed.

Yung Swiss’ live televised performance at the 16th annual Metro FM Music Awards comes just off the back of his third radio single released from his highly commended #BottomBabyEP titled Jungle featuring Mr Cashtime K.O.

Stream or download Yung Swiss’ Jungle ft K.O here: https://itun.es/za/hWMBgb?i=1181642180

Yung Swiss’ Jungle ft K.O

Jungle is Yung Swiss’s most requested release to date. Make sure to request it on your favourite radio stations and get your hands on Yung Swiss’ #BottomBabyEP here: https://goo.gl/wbNLAK

Connect with Yung Swiss:

Facebook: Yung Swiss Pgp (https://www.facebook.com/yungswisspgp)
Twitter: @YungSwissPgp
Instagram: @YungSwissPgp
YouTube: https://youtu.be/EocZecSs_Yo

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Brenda Mtambo Launches I Love You Single and Music Video

Brenda Mtambo

Afro Soul singing sensation Brenda Mtambo launches new single I Love You in the month of love with a simultaneous music video premier that is resonating with fans across the country.

Watch I Love Youhttps://SonyMusicAfrica.lnk.to/LXyOR

 “Love, much like Music is a language that speaks to everyone, and my hope for this song is that it restores Love in us, our relationships and amongst us as people,” expresses Brenda Mtambo.

I Love You is the second single to be released from Brenda Mtambo’s highly acclaimed Metro Fm music Award (MMA16) nominated album So Much More (Best Female and Best Urban Jazz) which is produced by Malambule of Native Rhythm Productions.

Brenda Mtambo’s voice is incomparable with any other voice you have ever heard, after listening to I Love You, you will soon find yourself exploring the rest of the album for So Much More.

Brenda Mtambo honed her skills as vocalist in Joyous Celebration choir, the biggest touring gospel ensemble in the country, and from there went on to explore her voice outside of Gospel music. Finding her unique Afro Soul expression as is evident on her self-penned latest album So Much More.

Classified as one of the most powerful voices of her generation, Brenda Mtambo has paid her dues in the industry by singing backing vocals for several musical giants such as Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Judith Sephuma, Lira, Thandiswa Mazwai and Jonas Gwangwa.

To vote for Brenda Mtambo simply dial *120*1512# on your cell phone and follow the instructions.

Brenda Mtambo

Brenda Mtambo

Connect with Brenda Mtambo:

Facebook: Brenda Mtambo (https://www.facebook.com/Brenda-Mtambo-722299727788337/)
Twitter: @BrendaMtambo
Instagram: @BrendaMtambo
YouTube: https://SonyMusicAfrica.lnk.to/LXyOR

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