Thabethe raises funds for women’s home
Moshito conference aims to highlight indigenous sounds
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.
DIVINE WOMEN Thando Thabethe, Advocate Thuli Madonsela and Kelly Khumalo
SHINING STARS Vocalists Tshedi Mholo and Wanda Baloyi
SOUL SISTA Afro-soul singer Candy Mokwena wowed the crowd