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South Africa’s top comedians awarded

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Amidst much hooting, cheering and hilarity at Teatro Montecasino this past weekend, eight South African comics walked away with one of the most prestigious award the local comedy industry has to offer – a Waldo statuette. Directed by funny man, Alan Committee, the show was a slick blend of satire, music, sketch and, of course, stand-up comedy by all the winners who were present.

Marc Lottering, Tamara Dey, Tracey-Lee Olivier and many others provided entertainment at the comedy awards. Many agree it was only a matter of time until much-loved new comic, Yaaseen Barnes, walked away with a Waldo, while a previous recipient in the Newcomer category, Schalk Bezuidenhout continues to impress, taking home the award for Intermediate comic.

The audience shared in a touching moment when Ndumiso Lindi handed Joe Mafela his Lifetime Achiever award, and to hear the great man’s humility and love for his craft as he recalled stories from decades ago was heartwarming.

The crowd went postal at the news that the first ever “Non- English Award” was bestowed on Mashabela Galane, a trail-blazer in the vernacular comedy world. More cheers ensued for Chris Steenkamp who was finally recognised for his wonderful writing and received the Comic’s Pen award.

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Kelly Khumalo gets married

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Of course we are not talking about the real wedding. Don't get confused. :) Kelly Khumalo and The "King of Kwaito" Arthur are currently shooting
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DJ Black Coffee continues to put South African music on the map globally

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Black Coffee has been featured in August cover of Mixmag, the world’s biggest selling music and clubbing magazine.

He told the Mixmag that “I knew I wanted to be an international DJ from a very early age. And even before that it was always my dream to be recognised worldwide, even if I wasn’t quite sure how. My life at that time was very removed from the reality of this idea of course, but that was the conversation I used to have privately with myself, and with God.”

Black Coffee has been performing his music all over the world.

He explained what keeps him motivated, he said “You know, living in the rural areas and the city has been a blessing in the way they have helped me understand and respect all kinds of people. I drive on the freeway in South Africa and see these guys in their work vans, and think to myself: I have been that guy.

“But nowadays I’m driving home from playing a gig where I make a month’s salary in an hour, and that pushes me. That’s what drives me. The struggling people are the ones who inspire me, the ones who have nothing.”

We are so proud of you Black Coffee, keep on flying the SA flag high.

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