Reality TV star and Durban entrepreneur Shauwn Mkhize and her son Andile Mpisane have been nominated for three international awards in the fourth annual Hollywood African Prestigious Awards (HAPAwards).
The popular Mzansi Magic reality show KwaMam’Mkhize has been nominated in the category best reality TV show while Mpisane has been nominated in the category best new independent African artists and best new male independent African music video.
Mpisane has a love for gqom and viewers got a glimpse of the music video for his EP, Umcimbi, featuring Madanon and Distruction Boyz. The HAPAwards nominated the music video, which has more than a million views on YouTube. The announcement was made on Tuesday.
However, it seems not everyone celebrated with Mpisane on his nomination, with the news getting mixed views on social media.
Tweeps raised questions about how Mpisane’s song Umcibi was recognised internationally while not getting the thumbs up at home.
However, Mpisane was not bothered by some of the nasty comments. But he admitted that he was also surprised but very grateful for the nomination. “I always focus on what’s positive and that keeps me grounded. This is my validation that I’m on the right path. My focus is to come out of the lockdown bigger and better and not to listen to the noise,” he said.
Mpisane added that he always believed in his music and the proof was the work he put into it. “If you believe in yourself first the rest will follow. I’m grateful for all the support I’ve received. I do this to make my family and mom proud.”
He is currently working on some collaborations: “You’ll just have to stay tuned and watch this space,” was all he was prepared to say.
Mkhize’s nomination comes almost a year after the airing of her popular reality show. She was thrilled: “Getting international recognition is validation to us that what we are doing, sharing our lives with Mzansi has been received positively. The love and support has been overwhelming.”
She said her team was also very surprised. “I still can’t believe it myself. Most of the show is in isiZulu, so the fact that we were able to get this nomination means a lot to us.”
Asked if she was going to bring an award home, she said: “We hope so, getting the nomination alone is enough recognition for us, it’s truly a milestone. This is not only for us, but for everyone that supports us, shows us love and believes in us. This is for Mzansi.”
She shared that she was working on several projects: “You’ll have to make sure you’re following me on the socials to see what’s coming up for Mam’Mkhize. The sky is the limit.”
In her reality show, which aired earlier this year, she opened up about going through a divorce with her ex-husband Sbu Mpisane. The two were once Durban’s power couple living the high life, driving flashy cars and hosting A-list parties.
But that past is behind her, she said. So is she single and happy?
“I am very happy,” she chuckled.
The HAPAwards celebrate outstanding individuals whose lives have been marked by extraordinary achievements and milestones. They also connect talented Africans with the Hollywood entertainment industry and contribute to the development of several communities in Africa and across the US.
Winners will be announced on October 18 at 7pm. Viewers can watch the live streaming of the event on the website at hapawards.com and across social media channels.