The University of Joburg honours artist Esther Mahlangu
On 9 April Esther Mahlangu the internationally recognised Ndebele painter was honoured by UJ with an honorary doctorate for her contribution to the arts and for her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur. Dr Mahlangu’s work has made waves both here at home and internationally and is seen as a preservation of culture and expression of contemporary art.
Kwaito artist Brickz granted bail
Convicted rapist Brickz has been granted bail of R80 000 by the Roodepoort Magistrate Court, after serving less than a year of his 15 year sentence. The bail is granted on condition that include that he surrenders all his travel documents. The artist who is well known for his hit song “Sweety my baby” was convicted and of the rape of his niece in his home back in 2013 and was sentenced last year.
Arctic Monkeys sets date for next album release
The English rock band Arctic Monkeys has announced a set date for their next album release. The album which has already been announced and titled as Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino is set to be released on 11 May. This has been a long awaited album, as their last album AM was released in 2013. The band is also currently on tour in the UK.
Tuks Camerata receives SAMA nomination
On 17 April UP’s own Camerata received a South African Music Award nomination for best traditional music for their “Indodana Symphony”. Other nominees in their category include Bomshell for “Uthando” and Dinoyane Cultural Group for “Pitsi”. The awards will take place on 2 June later this year at The Sun City resort and will be
aired at 20:00 on SABC 1.
Avicii dies at 28
Tim Bergling, more commonly known as Avicii, was found dead in Muscat, Oman on Friday 20 April. Bergling had a prosperous career with many popular songs, including “Wake me up” which reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in 2013. In 2016, Avicii announced his departure from the music industry. In August 2017, Bergling released a six track EP titled Avici, followed by a documentary chronicalling his retirement called True Stories. Bergling cited heath issues for his decision to retire.
Compiled by Dihan Ramonyai, Kevin Mareletse and Shaun Sproule.