SA: Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Abigail Kubeka to receive lifetime awards

Founded by entertainment entrepreneur and public relations professional Hloni Modise-Matau, the awards will honor and celebrate women in music. It will be hosted by rapper and TV presenter Nomuzi Mabena and actress and media personality Anele Zondo.

“There’s no denying the contribution that Mam’Abigail and Mam’Yvonne have made to the music industry,” said BIMA CEO Modise-Matau. “They changed history and shattered glass ceilings so women in music today could soar. We are honored to present them with lifetime awards as their influence in shaping genres music guarantees that today we are able to enjoy cultural diversity through music.

Tiyani Maluleke, Chief Marketing Officer of SAMPRA, said, “Congratulations to the leading women in our industry. We see you, Mam’Yvonne. We see you, Mam’Abigail. As SAMPRA, we are so proud to be a sponsor of such a prestigious category as you are. What a momentous occasion.

Born in Dobsonville, Soweto, Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s musical journey began in 1984 at age 19 when she was discovered by Phil Hollis who helped her release her debut album. I’m in love with the DJ. This was followed by the hits “Thank You Mr DJ” and “I’m Burning Up” in 1986 and 1987 respectively. Since then, Yvonne Chaka Chaka has released numerous albums in a career that spans three decades. These include Homeland, Cry for Freedom, Umqombothi, Sangoma, and Bombani.

On the other hand, Abigail Kubeka was born in Orlando East, Soweto where her love for singing started at a young age. Her career began at the age of 16 in 1957, after being noticed by Miriam Makeba who invited her to join the Skylarks ensemble composed of Letta Mbulu and Mary Rabotaba. As a stunt double for Makeba in the jazz opera King Kong, Kubeka toured Europe in the 1960s and accompanied musical giants Abdullah Ibrahim and Kippie Moeketsi in cabaret shows at Hillbrow nightclubs. As a singer, songwriter, musical arranger and actress, she has done much to keep musical traditions alive, especially after the destruction of Sophiatown.

Tickets for the event are available here.

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