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BET Africa is set to broadcast the 2017 MOBO Awards highlights

2017 MOBO Awards BET Africa

BET Africa has announced that it will air a one-hour highlights show of the prestigious 22nd annual MOBO Awards. Produced by AVANTI Media, the world-renowned awards show celebrating the best in urban music.

The awards took place at First Direct Arena in Leeds and provided an electrifying evening of live performances and appearances from top artists and entertainers. Performers included afrobeats superstar Davido, Billboard’s #1 US star Cardi B, Hip Hop titans Krept & Konan, man of the moment Stormzy, hotly tipped rising rap star Stefflon Don.

Playing a significant role in British culture for over two decades, the MOBO Awards has been instrumental in the careers of UK artists such as Tinie Tempah, Craig David, Stormzy, Emeli Sandé, Krept & Konan and countless others.

Kanya King, MOBO Founder and CEO, commented: “We are excited to partner with BET to broadcast this year’s MOBO Awards. This year was an exciting show befitting of the outstanding talent and music we have seen in the past year. It is a very exciting and significant time for black music, and we produced a really special evening of celebrating this cultural movement.”

Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President & Managing Director Viacom International Media Networks Africa and BET International said: “As a brand that celebrates Black excellence in music, entertainment, news and culture, BET International is thrilled to partner with the MOBO organization to broadcast this year’s award show. We recognize the contribution the show has played in elevating many UK Artists and their music and we look forward to a continued partnership.”

Catch the MOBO Awards for the first time on BET (DStv channel 129) on Saturday, 23 December at 20:00 CAT.

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2017 South African Hip Hop Awards Winners

2017 South African Hip Hop Awards Winners

​The 6th Annual South African Hip Hop Awards (SAHHA 2017) took place at The Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg last night under the theme #HIPHOPPOLITICS. Cassper Nyovest dominated the awards by scooping 6 awards for for Album of the year, Milestone award, Best Music Video, Best Male, Most Valuable and Hustler of the Year.

According to SA Hip Hop Awards site, over 500 entries were submitted for the 6th Annual South African Hip Hop Awards (SAHHA2017). That was followed by a thorough vetting process by the industry experts from different fields.

The 2017 SA Hip Hop Awards winners are:

– Song of the Year – Kwesta ft. Thabsie : Ngiyaz’ Fela Ngawe
– Best Freshman / Newcomer – Shane Eagle
– Best Female – Rouge
– Most Valuable (MVP) – Cassper Nyovest
– Best Male – Cassper Nyovest
– Honorary Award – DJ Bionic
– Hustler of the Year – Cassper Nyovest
– Producer of the Year – Gemini Major
– DJ of the Year – DJ SPEEDSTA
– Best Music Video – Cassper Nyovest : Destiny
– Milestone Award – Cassper Nyovest for Fill Up Orlando
– Promoter of the Year – Junior Lavie
– Best Remix – Riky Rick x Frank Casino : Whole Thing
– Best Collaboration – AKA x ANATII 10 Fingers
– Best Dance Crew – Creed Crew
– Best Graffiti – Psalm 1
– Lyricist of the Year – YoungstaCpt
– Best Radio Show – Motsweding FM Motswako wa Hip Hop
– Best Digital Sales – Kwesta
– Best Local Brand – Styler Gang
– Best International Brand – KFC
– KING OF MPUMALANGA: Fortune Nthekathi

SABC 1 came on board as an official media partner for SAHHA 2017 to be flighted on the 30th of December 2017.

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Nina Hastie to host the 6th Annual SA Hip Hop Awards

Nina Hastie SA Hip Hop Awards

Multi-talented comedian, actor, writer, radio and television presenter, Nina Hastie, is set to host the 6th Annual SA Hip Hop Awards (SAHHA2017) ceremony for the second consecutive year, taking place tonight, Wednesday, 13 December 2017 at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg.

Having been part of the South African Hip Hop culture for over a decade, Nina Hastie is the perfect host once again for this year’s event themed “Hip Hop Politics”. Nina Hastie will bring to the ceremony not only her unmatched knowledge and enthusiasm about Hip Hop, but real insights about the culture and artists whom she frequently interviews on her respected platforms such as her breakfast show, Expensive Breakfast on Touch HD, and her TV show, Trending SA, where she recently interviewed the likes of Cassper Nyovest.

Tonight’s SAHHA2017 will see Nina Hastie co-host with Hip Hop veteran Amu, in what is expected to be a tongue in cheek presentation of SA’s “Hip Hop Politics”. Tickets are available from Computicket for R200 and can be purchased online here:

Known as one of the hardest working women in the industry right now, Nina Hastie has had a phenomenal 2017. The multi-talented comedian has rightfully earned her spot at the top of the South African entertainment and urban culture scene. Nina Hastie has performed at SA’s top comedy festivals this year, appeared on three concurrent television shows namely: Trending SA, Soap On A Rope and Karakters, lent her voice to numerous brands with voice overs, engaged in social media campaigns for brands, and earned the top ratings at Touch HD for her breakfast show just to name a few.

AS one of the most recognised and influential personalities in SA, the country can definitely expect a lot more from Nina Hastie in the New Year. Follow Nina Hastie and @VthSeason on social media to keep up to date with all things brand Nina Hastie.

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Terry Pheto BAGS Mbokodo “Film” Award

Terry Pheto BAGS Mbokodo “Film” Award

International award-winning South African actress, Terry Pheto, wraps up the year with another accolade for her outstanding work in film.

This past Saturday, 9 December 2017, Leading Lady Terry Pheto bagged the FILM award at the 6th annual Mbokodo Awards created by Carol Bouwer Productions.

The Mbokodo Awards honour South African women who have made an exceptional contribution to the arts in South Africa. After extensive consultation with leading players within the arts, culture and heritage sector and having conducted thorough research, Terry Pheto was announced as the winner of the FILM category.

Quoting Gerard C Eakedale, Terry Pheto expresses: “Recognition is the greatest motivator.”

Carol Bouwer took to social media to share: “Asked to describe you in the adjudication sessions words such as young and so focused, driven, talented, gifted, magical on screen, beautiful, inspiring, humble and pure of heart were amongst the expressions used. Terry you make it possible for young girls to dream, thank you for serving South Africa in such an elegant manner! Pure magic.”

Terry Pheto’s Mbokodo “Film” Award win comes off the back of winning BIG at London awards this year. Terry Pheto was the biggest winner at the IARA Awards in London 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 also won Best Supporting Actress at the National Film Awards UK earlier this year for her role in A United Kingdom.

Fast becoming a globally recognised South African film icon, Terry Pheto’s craft and skill both in front of and behind the camera has been acknowledged and celebrated both far and near, and the world can expect a lot more from the Leading Lady in 2018.
Follow Terry Pheto on social media to keep up to date with new movies and project coming out in 2018.

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2017 Mzansi Kwaito & House Music Awards

2017 Mzansi Kwaito & House Music Awards

The second annual Mzansi Kwaito & House Music Awards took place this past weekend at Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto.

The awards were staged to celebrate the two unique genres as they reflect who we are, says Perfecta Khumalo, founder of the awards.

This year’s theme was Spantsula, Mathand’ekhishini and All Star, attires that have for years resonated with the kwaito and house community, and dubbed street glamour.

Khumalo said: “We are here to prove that kwaito is not dead and kwaito is born again.

“We are here to motivate the legends, let them start releasing new kwaito albums, we are not talking about single albums but the whole 12-track albums,” she said.

“Currently the house artists are doing well, hence we want the kwaito artists to do the same. We want to balance the equation,” Khumalo said.

Below is the full winners’ list in the 17 categories:

Best Kwaito Female Artist: Tina
Best Kwaito Male Artist: Mandla Spikiri Mofokeng
Best House Female Artist: DJ Zinhle
Best House Male Artist: Heavy K
Best Collaboration(Kwaito and house): Spikiri featuring Professor & Jakarumba – Ingoma
Best Kwaito DJ: DJ Fisha Fasha
Best House DJ: DJ Zinhle
Best Kwaito Soong of the 90’s: Trompies – Sigiya Ngengoma
Best Kwaito Kwaito: Skhokho – Santaro
Best House Single House Album: De Mogul SA featuring Ms Mo & Makhensa – Oe Batla Kae
Best New Age Kwaito Song:Nkululeko Pascal Mazibuko
Best New Kwaito Artist:Orlando Pantsula
Best New House Artist: Masalad
Best Kwaito Group: 2.5
Best Radio Station that promotes Kwaito and House music: Alex FM
Best Mapantsula Dance Group:Future Pantsulas
Most Voted Song: De Mogul SA – Oe Batla Kae

Source: IOL

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Trevor Noah nominated for two NAACP Image Awards

Trevor Noah NAACP Image Awards

Daily Show host Trevor Noah has been nominated for two National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) Image Awards in the United States of America (USA).

The awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of colour in film, television, music and literature.

The South African-born comedian is nominated in the category Outstanding Talk Series. His competition comes from Jimmy Kimmel Live, Super Soul Sunday, The Real, and The View.

According to eNCA, Trevor Noah is also nominated in the category Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble. He will square off against Fredricka Whitfield of Fredricka Whitfield (CNN), Morgan Freeman of The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman (National Geographic), Neil deGrasse Tyson of StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson (National Geographic) and Roland Martin of News One Now (TV One).

The 49th NAACP Image Awards are set to happen on 15 January, 2018 in America.

This is the second year running that the South African author has received award nominations from the organisation. Last year Trevor walked away with two awards from two NAACP Awards.

Source: eNCA

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Black Coffee scoops three awards at the 2017 DMASAs

Dance Music Awards South Africa (DMASA)

The Dance Music Awards South Africa were created to acknowledge and honour the accomplishments and contributions of South African dance music artists.

Black Coffee scooped three awards at the first official Dance Music Awards South Africa (DMASA), held on Thursday evening at a prestigious closed ceremony in Boksburg, Ekhuruleni.

DJ Coffee, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, scooped the Best Male DJ, Best Producer and Remix of the Year honours.

Winners were voted for online by the South African public over the past few weeks.

These favourites were recognised at an honouree dinner.

Jullian Gomes walked away with the Best Album Award for Late Dreamer, while Lady Sakhe won for Best Female DJ and Lady Zamar took home the Best Female Artist award.

Director of Soul Candi, Ricardo da Costa, the brain behind the awards, said nominations and voting were driven by fans.

“Fans got an opportunity to vote once per user for their favourite DJ within the respective category. We are over the moon with how the results came through,” he said.

He said they will make a few changes moving forward, as dance music is always evolving and changing.

“We want your feedback moving forward, this evening, it’s all about honouring you guys (musicians). So its an honour for us from Soul Candi to be part of this,” he said.

The awards were created to acknowledge and honour the accomplishments and contributions of South African dance music artists – hard working, publicly-recognised individuals who are pushing boundaries and driving South Africa’s thriving dance music industry forward.

Here is the full list of the winners:

Best Album
Jullian Gomes – Late Dreamer

Best Club/Club night

Best Dance Show
The Urban Beat – Metro FM

Best EDM Record
Das Kapital – Bend It

Best Female DJ
Lady Sakhe

Best Female Artist
Lady Zamar

Best Festival
Ultra South Africa

Best House Record
Jullian Gomes – 1000 Memories

Best International DJ
Lars Behrenroth

Best International Producer

Best Kwaito
Babes Wodumo – Wololo

Best Live Act 
Black Motion

Best Male DJ 
Black Coffee

Best Male Artist

Best Video
Bucie Ft Black Motion – Rejoice

Best Producer
Black Coffee

Best Record Label
House Afrika

Best Underground Record
Jazzuelle Ft Lazarusman – Don’t Forget Me

Compilation of the Year
House Afrika Mzanzi 6

Remix of the Year
Alicia Keys – In Common (Black Coffee Remix)

Pioneers of House Award
Sandy Rivera – Kings of Tomorrow

Source: Destiny Connect

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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 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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