SA singer lifts global songwriting prize

2013-09-03 11:52

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Cape Town singer Lindiwe Suttle has won the Grand Prize for R&B in the first session of the 2013 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

She will now compete head-to-head with the winner of the second session, announced later in the year. Winners – selected from entries from across the globe – compete for the Maxell Song of the Year prize.

Suttle won for her broody, intelligent track Twilight.

"Winning for this song in particular is quite ironic because the song is about my parents' hesitation for me to enter the music industry, their fear of the negative temptations," Suttle told City Press from Berlin this morning. "Hence the lyrics 'From the twilight to the twilight, temptations lurking ...'"

You can watch Suttle performing the song live, decked in a dramatic silver dress, at last year’s African Fashion Awards over here:

Suttle, the daughter of former television talk show host Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, is in Berlin to promote her first single, Kamikaze Art.

Kamikaze Art was playlisted on MTV Europe and is also the title of her debut album, due out in October. Her second single will be 1000 Miles, due out later in the year. It has also received nods for songwriting – a finalist in the massive International Songwriting Competition and in the UK Songwriting Contest.

Suttle began her career in fashion – at one point working as the personal stylist to Beyoncé – before stepping out as a recording artist.

She is known for her edgy lyrical talent, her chic and conceptual outfits and bold performances – and increasingly for her songwriting talents.

Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas and Sean Paul are among this year’s judges in the John Lennon contest.

"Twilight was inspired by the deaths of my childhood music heroes Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston," added Suttle.

Read more about Suttle in this City Press profile.

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