Nominees

Music

Tribute ‘Birdie’ Mboweni

A singer and songwriter, songbird Tribute ‘Birdie’ Mboweni is proving to be a strong force to reckon with through her strong and soulful voice, and displaying remarkable signs of commendable music business acumen as a young independent artist.

Having serenaded audiences in Qatar, performing at COP17 national awareness events, and as well performing at the Earth Fest in Zambia, she continues to work diligently to carve a path that sets her apart. Birdie came first at the Born To Be Famous Academy’s Born To Sing Showcase and has participated in a couple of historical musical productions. Off the stage she’s a an Environment and Conservation Ambassador, working committedly for a community and schools-based environmental education, tree-planting and social upliftment non-profit organisation she co-founded.

 

 

 

 

Portia Sibiya

Portia Sibiya is one of the few phenomenal outstanding female Bassists playing a six string Bass.

Born in Daveyton, she studied music at Fuba and then went to the Gauteng Music Academy, which is where she hooked up with Nthabiseng. The duo, backed up by a five-piece band and a vocalist, perform their own Afro-jazz, jazz, contemporary material. Ever since their inception fourteen years ago, Basadi’s exhilarating live performances have earned them respect from the fraternity for their world performances, making a strong statement as young Female band in SA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zolani Mahola

Zolani Mahola has been the lead singer of Freshly Ground since 2002, when she and six other musicians formed the enormously successful band.

Born in the Eastern Cape, Zolani studied drama at UCT. After Freshlyground published their second album, Nomvula, in 2004, The Sunday Times described Mahola as one of South Africa's best and most inspiring young singers. Among highlights of her career are singing on The Parlotones' third studio album, Stardust Galaxies (2009) and with Shakira, performing Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) in the opening and closing ceremonies of the FIFA World Cup in 2010. In 2011, Zolani and Freshlyground gave a free concert on Ntshekisa Street as part of their 10th birthday tour.