On Wednesday 18 May, the Basadi in Music Awards hosted a luncheon for some of the most respected female musicians in the country. Among the attendees were Mafikizlo singer Nhlanhla Nciza, Vicky Sampson, legendary singer Abigail Kubeka and former Idols SA judge, Mara Louw. According to Daily Sun, all the legendary musicians were awarded special plaques for their contributions to music.
The inaugural Basadi in Music Awards are set to take place in August, to coincide with Women’s Month.
THE BASADI IN MUSIC AWARDS
The Basadi in Music Awards were launched on 8 March at a star-studded event in Johannesburg. Speaking to SowetanLive, the awards CEO, Hloni Modise, said she was inspired to create the awards because the music industry is dominated by men.
“The awards then became that answer to the plight of the recognition, to highlight the work that women continue to do on and off stage.”
“Basadi in Music goes beyond just the music and will be a community for women in music and those that aspire to get into the music,” said Modise.
BASADI IN MUSIC AWARDS LUNCHEON IN JOHANNESBURG
The Basadi in Music Awards luncheon was held at the Garden Venue Boutique Hotel in Randburg, Johannesburg and was hosted by radio and television presenter Penny Lebyane.
Various plaques were handed out to legendary musicians by Basadi in Music Awards CEO, Hloni Modise and Johannesburg mayor, Mpho Phalatse.
Thanking the Basadi in Music Awards for honouring her, Vicky Sampson, best known for her hit track, Afrikan Dream, said it was both a surprise and a blessing for her.
“I think I confided in Penny briefly about how tough it’s been to just find inspiration and hope every day,” said Sampson as per Daily Sun.
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A SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR MPHO PHALATSE
Legendary pop singer Mercy Pakela had a special message for Mpho Phalatse and asked her to “fix things” in the music industry.
“As the mayor, our city is ugly. There are places we could walk around in heels, [but] now you can’t anymore. Please fix such things, use the arts fraternity to bring change.”