Our local celebs did the most at the BET Awards this past weekend This past weekend the BET Awards took place and as we reported before, Sjava took home an award for Best International Act under the Viwer’s Choice category. We took a look at the fashion from the award ceremony and these are the […]
Sjava has secured the bag.
Award winning Mzansi hit maker Sjava bagged the BET Viewer’s Choice ‘Best International Act’ award, at the BET 2o18 Awards this past weekend. Sjava was nominated in the category alongside Cassper Nyovest, Distruction Boys, Niniola and Kwesi Arthur.
Sjava’s album debut Isina Muva dropped in 2016. The star-studded awards were hosted by actor and singer Jamie Foxx.
Here’s a full list of the winners at this year’s BET Awards;
Philanthropist, DJ and Producer, Shimza will be handing over school shoes to hundreds of orphaned children from Tembisa at the Rabasotho Hall in Tembisa on Tuesday 16th January.
This is made possible by his annual One Man Show which was in it’s 9th year in 2017, 25 December. The show saw the likes of AKA, Black Motion, Riky Rick, Cassper Nyovest, Nadia Nakai, Moozlie, Reason, Heavy K and Sjava among many others performing for the party-loving crowd at Mehlareng Stadium. A percentage of proceeds from the show goes to buying school shoes for orphaned children In Tembisa, whom Shimza hosted a daytime party for on Christmas day.
Thank you for supporting my One Man Show, today we bought 1500 school shoes for the kids in my community, progress from last years 400. The dream is to one day do 10 times more. You guys did this, thank you thank you thank you!
Shimza thanked his supporters on Instagram.
The official countdown has begun, Shimza is hosting his ninth annual One Man Show at Mehlareng stadium in Tembisa on the 25th December. With only six days left, the biggest Christmas celebration featuring supreme talent, the likes of Cassper Nyovest, AKA, Riky Rick, Black Motion, Sjava, Lady Zamar, Nadia Nakai, Moozlie, EMTee and with hosts Somizi and Skhumba.
This year’s show is bigger and better with a percentage of its proceeds assisting orphaned children from Tembisa with school uniform. Shimza’s heart for people and the underprivileged is commendable and he strives to make an impact not only in his community but in various parts of the country.
Having recently announced dropping the prefix to his name, formerly known as DJ Shimza, he now only goes by the name Shimza. He has also released a new EP titled Ascendent with Swedish label Cadenza Records, his second international release, following the success of Destino under Djoon – a French label. Destino was later remixed by the legendary Kytronic from New York. The EP has not features and showcases Shimza’s musical prowess and his limitless mixing abilities with slick production skills. The opening track Congo Congo is a dark ride over abysmal tom-tom drums, lively percussions and a gloomy bass lead. Other songs on the EP include Congo Congo Dub Mix, Secret Melodies and Selector.
Shimza is a METRO FM DJ and is one of the most sought-after DJs with flourishing international careers, with frequent shows in places such as Portugal, Spain, Greece, Angola and London among many parts of the world. A hit-maker, whose debut album Shimuzic did very well, featuring hits singles “African Woman” and Akulalwa”.
Tickets for the popular One Man Show are available at Computicket from R150. General access and R350 VIP.
Afro soul sensation musician Philisiwe Mavukela is paving her way to more restful pastures with her music after she suffered depression.
DRUM caught up with Philisiwe since the release of her second single in February and she talked about her career and more.
Tell us more about yourself?
I am 28 years old and grew up in Katlehong where I was raised by my grandmother. My mother passed away when I was two months old. I’m passionate about music, big time.
Explain your choice in music and how it all started?
I started singing when I was eight years old at Cathula Primary School, in Katlehong when my teacher selected me to lead a solo. At that time I didn’t know why the teacher chose me. I went to Empilisweni High School and I excelled with music there also. After my matric I joined a music group called Joyful Voice in Katlehong and we sang opera and I sang soprano. I decided to leave the group because I realised that I’m not a choral singer. My friend Linda Sibiya advised me to do my own music.
What happened after you left the group?
I went to backroom studios with no budget and the producer liked my music and we did my first song called Nguwe, but then I left that producer also because I didn’t like his sound. I tried working with a different producer but that things got worse, which led to my depression.
I had depression for two years and my family didn’t know what was going on until 2012, when my friend Diamond saw me. He invited me to a hip hop session in Emthunzini, still in Katlehong, where I met Sourie Msiki, my new producer. We had funding challenges for performances and I also got sick again. Last year Msiki called me again to renew my 2009 songs. We worked on that and it’s amazing, my EP will be out on 28 April this year and it has six amazing tracks.
What can we expect on this EP?
Good soulful music, inspiring lyrics, it’s fresh and different.
What’s been some highlights and challenges so far in your music career?
Performing and sharing the stage with artists like Zonke, Lira, Zahara, Sjava and Amanda Black at the Reconciliation Festival at Carnival City in Brakpan. It’s also exciting that my music is being played on 12 radio stations. The challenges will always be there, you know, getting gigs to perform is the biggest challenge and also funding.
What are your plans for the rest of 2017?
I’ll be touring around Gauteng, finishing my album and release it before the end of the year then do more performances and writing.