The COVID-19 pandemic might have been discouraging for many, but the KZNEA recognised their talent in a small intimate ceremony.
The beginning of the KwaZulu-Natal Entertainment Awards (KZNEA) was dedicated to the movers and shakers in the entertainment industry. KZN stars came out in numbers to celebrate the talent that exists in their province.
Hosted by entertainer Somizi Mhlongo and media darling Pearl Thusi, the awards treated guests to performances from the province's best exports, Nasty C, Zandile Gumede, Babes Wodumo, Sjava, Mnqobi Yazo, Khuzani INdlamlenze Mpungose to name a few.
Here are some of the stars that were in attendance:
DJ Tira and Gugu Khathi
Black Coffee, DJ Tira, and Black Mambazo were awarded the Special Achievement Awards.
“It’s an honour to be recognised at home,” says DJ Tira. “People always believe that in order t make it in entertainment, you need to be in Johannesburg I am proud of how far KZN has come. My goal has always been to empower people from where I come from.”
Black Coffee’s award was accepted by his son Esona Maphumulo (21) who says his father could not be more honoured. “My dad’s roots and heart are in KZN and receiving this award means a lot to him.”
Winners in each category pocketed R100 000 while the KZN's Most Loved was companied by an R500 000 cheque.
KZNEA chairman Xolani Majozi was thrilled to have had a successful first run. "After many sleepless nights, our dream of honouring our own has been achieved. KZN is rich in arts and music and tonight was a testament to this. We aim to grow and inspire.”
Newest Find: Sithelo the Dj
KZN Most Loved: Khuzani
Event of the Year: Impucuzeko
Best Promoter: Dogg Durban
Special Achievement Award: Black Coffee
Special Achievement Award: DJ Tira
Special Achievement Award: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Special Achievement Award: Mbongeni Ngema
Coolest Hangout Spot: Eyadini Lounge
KZN Most Loved Cousin: Bonang Matheba
Best Entertainment Writer: Charles Khuzwayo
Best Maskandi: Khuzani
Best Telenovela: Imbewu
Best Club DJ Female: Sithelo the DJ
Best Producer: Mondli Ngcobo
Best Club Male DJ: Dlala Thukzin
Best Female Artist: Nomcebo Zikode
Best Male Artist: Sjava
Best Radio Presenter Female: Jacinta Ngobese
Best Radio Presenter Male: Tshatha Ngobe
Best Comedian: Siyanda Maphumulo
Best Female Actress: Dawn Thandeka King
Best Male TV Presenter: Robert Marawa
Best Female TV Presenter: Pearl Thusi
Best Male Actor: SK Khoza
Best Trophy makers: The MakerSpace Team