Achievement honour for Mooruth
SENSATIONAL singer Shashika Mooruth was the woman of the moment at the SA Music Awards (Sama) last weekend.
Mooruth received the lifetime achievement and international achievement award – presented to her by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Mooruth, 54, who lives in Mumbai, India, came to South Africa last month to promote her album, Heart to Heart.
The album was written by Bengali music director Babul Bose, Swedish singer Neeraj Sridhar and Indian singer and composer Rajeev Mahavir.
Mooruth, who recorded the popular romantic duet Rafta Rafta with hit Bollywood playback singer Sonu Nigam, was born and raised in Mobeni Heights, Chatsworth, and moved to Mumbai in 1987.
Mooruth launched her own music label, Ujra Music. She has performed with India’s greatest singers including Anup Jalota, Udit Narayan, Mohamed Aziz, Adnan Sami and Anu Malik.
The Samas are considered the Grammy Awards of South Africa. Mooruth said winning the awards reassured her that all her years of hard work was worth it.
“When I walked on to the stage, towards the president, my entire journey in music from childhood to the present flashed before me,” she said. “The award also sees an opening for Indian music at the Samas in the future.”
Mooruth will travel to Europe and America for workshops on sound vibration and then return to India to market her album.