Tha­bethe raises funds for women’s home

Moshito con­fer­ence aims to high­light in­dige­nous sounds

CityPress - - News - NTOMBIZODWA MAKHOBA ntombizodwa@city­press.co.za PHUTI MATHOBELA phuti.mathobela@city­press.co.za

Ra­dio per­son­al­ity and ac­tress Thando Tha­bethe hon­oured Ad­vo­cate Thuli Madon­sela at her fourth an­nual Women’s Net­ball Chal­lenge held at Munro Bou­tique Ho­tel in Houghton re­cently.

The chal­lenge was held ahead of a fun day in­clud­ing a net­ball tour­na­ment to raise funds for this year’s ben­e­fi­ciary Nisa Homes

– a tran­si­tional home for home­less im­mi­grant, refugee and Mus­lim women. Madon­sela shared words of wis­dom with the women in the room, telling them that they did not need any­one’s per­mis­sion to shine, but that it was their di­vine right to do so. “I truly be­lieve that you don’t have to raise your voice in an ar­gu­ment, only raise the qual­ity of your ar­gu­ment,” she said. Tha­bethe, who re­cently parted ways with Gen­er­a­tions: The Legacy, is the founder of the chal­lenge in which celebri­ties play net­ball against each other and raise aware­ness around is­sues af­fect­ing women. It is in its fourth year.

She told City Press that the Women’s Day Net­ball Chal­lenge was meant to be a com­mu­nity ef­fort for the ben­e­fit all women. “This year I still aim to speak to the hearts and minds of all peo­ple, not just Thando’s mother,” said the ac­tress, re­fer­ring to her mother Bongi who was also in at­ten­dance.

Among other guests who graced the event were song­bird Kelly Khu­malo, Ad­vo­cate Xoli Maduna, busi­ness­woman Kamo­h­elo Bombe and Metro FM’s Pearl Mo­di­adie.

Af­ter all the for­mal­i­ties the women were treated to neck, shoul­der and foot mas­sages. The 14th an­nual Moshito Mu­sic Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion is set to thrill rev­ellers at the New­town Mu­sic Fac­tory, for­merly the Bassline, in Johannesburg’s city cen­tre.

The line-up for South Africa’s premier mu­sic in­dus­try event, set to take place from Septem­ber 6 to 9, was an­nounced on Thurs­day at Primi Pi­atti res­tau­rant in Rose­bank, Joburg.

This year’s theme is Rhythm of the An­cient, cho­sen to rep­re­sent the ori­gins of Africa’s mu­sic gen­res. Ac­cord­ingly, it was not sur­pris­ing that tra­di­tional artist and cul­tural his­to­rian Dizu Plaatjies, along with award-win­ning muso Candy “Tsaman­de­bele” Mok­wena, were cho­sen as the faces of the event, to loud ap­plause by those present.

Sipho Sit­hole, chair­per­son of the con­fer­ence, said the or­gan­is­ers’ vi­sion for 2017 was to put em­pha­sis on rhythms and sounds in­dige­nous to African mu­sic, and what made th­ese res­onate even today.

Par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion would be paid to gen­res such as Gqom, hip-hop, jazz, soul and, for a modern twist, Shangaan elec­tronic beats.

“It is no co­in­ci­dence that this year’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Moshito are Plaatjies, given that he founded South Africa’s in­ter­na­tion­ally cel­e­brated marimba group Amam­pondo, and Afro-soul artist Mok­wena,” he said.

Celebs spot­ted in the au­di­ence in­cluded mu­sic veter­ans Arthur Mafokate, Tshedi Mholo and Wanda Baloyi.

“It re­ally means a lot to me, es­pe­cially as a woman, to be part of this mu­si­cal move­ment,” Mok­wena told City Press.

“I am here to rep­re­sent African cul­ture through my mu­sic and cloth­ing.”

Mok­wena also en­ter­tained the crowd with songs from her re­cent al­bum Easy Come Easy Go, get­ting them on their feet.

It felt as if we were cel­e­brat­ing Africa month all over again as peo­ple ul­u­lated and sang along, while so­cial me­dia trended on #Moshito2017 across var­i­ous plat­forms.

Moshito 2017 prom­ises to be big­ger and bet­ter with its now pop­u­lar Open­ing Night Con­cert on Septem­ber 6 in New­town; the Afro World Con­cert, which takes place at Soweto The­atre on Septem­ber 7; and the free Street Fes­ti­val show­cas­ing ur­ban beats at New­town’s Junc­tion Mall on Septem­ber 9.

PHOTO: AUSTIN MALEMA

DI­VINE WOMEN Thando Tha­bethe, Ad­vo­cate Thuli Madon­sela and Kelly Khu­malo

PHO­TOS: PHUTI MATHOBELA

SHIN­ING STARS Vo­cal­ists Tshedi Mholo and Wanda Baloyi

SOUL SISTA Afro-soul singer Candy Mok­wena wowed the crowd

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