Award Winning Album & stuff…

A few months ago my Manager Lady (Marcee) told me about the Wawela Music Awards. “Wouldn’t it be cool if you were nominated?” she said. I shrugged and moved on with life. You could say that I am not exactly an ‘award artist’. It’s just not something I consider. I spend my time dreaming up fantastic songs, videos and performances.

A few months later I heard via Phiona, from Afripop Mag, that I was nominated for 2 awards. This all happened on Twitter.

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I excitedly called Marcee to let her know that I was nominated. She LOST her damn mind ha ha ha. I called my dad and said “I’m nervous because I am up against Lira in both categories.” My father responded “Lira is great but she is not unbeatable”. Knowing that my parents thought I could win was enough for me.

On the 28th (June 2013) we were all dressed up and ready for the big night.

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Marcee in the waiting area. She kept saying “My Afro is so well behaved tonight” ha ha ha. LOVE that Melody Ehsani neck piece she is wearing

Honestly, I was more concerned with my performance than I was about winning. Whenever I perform I focus all of my energy on the performance. Once that is done, I become normal again. I had just finished my performance when I heard “Black Porcelain”. It was for Best Creative Album.

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I don’t remember what I said. I hope I thanked all the right people. (pic courtesy of SAMRO)

Everything after that is a bit of a blur. I went and posed for a pic (forgive the crazy look).

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My mom always tells me not to pull funny faces. She says this smile makes me look crazy ha ha ha. (Pic courtesy of SAMRO)

I had to get out of my performance dress and as soon as that was over I thought I could relax. While I was looking for a wine glass, I heard “Black Porcelain” again. I couldn’t believe it. It was my second award. TWO BLOODY AWARDS!!

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Well this smile is not so bad (Pic courtesy of SAMRO)
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Aaaaand back to the crazy smile ha ha ha. I was the biggest winner that night. Surely that’s a good excuse for the crazy eyes? (Pics courtesy of SAMRO)

Needless to say Marcee and I partied (like it was 1999) and then took one last picture before we passed out (promptly)

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2 Witches. 2 Awards. We were exhausted at this point. Exhausted & happy team :)

So there you go! I can now say Invincible Summer is an award winning album and so am I. Ha ha ha ha. This silly post has taken me much longer than I thought it would. Love & strength to professional bloggers. I need a nap.

Johnny

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On the 28th of June I performed at The Wawela Music Awards (post about that to follow). I performed a song that I wrote in my first years as a Songwriter. In 2005 I couldn’t read or write music properly. I bought a second hand keyboard and took piano lessons. One of the first songs I wrote was Johnny.

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Pic courtesy of SAMRO

 

To hear people tell me how much they loved the song… It meant so much. More than any of them will ever know. Ray Phiri (of Stimela) said he couldn’t believe that we (songwriters at the awards) were part of his legacy. I was truly honoured to have a legend like him say such wonderful things about my gift. It’s a gift that I am still exploring and having so much fun with.

Serenades 3 (and some radio)

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This week was lots of fun, I was interviewed on 2OVfm and I serenaded the One Small Seed and Entertainment Africa teams.

Hanging out with Kamini at 2OVfm
I don’t know how to be normal
They have a podium and a ‘fake’ dog. Why wouldn’t I do this?
Singing for folks at One Small Seed :)

Launching a new single is much more fun this way. I can actually see how people react to the song. Instead of just sending it off to radio and then being sent on a wild goose chase. Woza Album!!

Manager Lady tells me we have a few more exciting serenades and radio interviews lined up.

Have you pre-ordered the album yet?

Serenade 2

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This week we hosted another one of the Serenades. It was at Seventeen (SA) and it was also their 6th birthday. I added ‘Happy Birthday’ to the set list ;)

I don;t need to tell you how happy performing makes me. This week has left me feeling grateful and excited about the album launch. Its been almost 2 and a half years (on and off) and now I am doing all the things that we (Marcee and I) have been planning for months.

The response to the new single (Hot Pink) has been so overwhelming. I wrote that song when I was feeling low and I thought people might not get where I was coming from. When I sing it and I see that people can relate, I feel not-so-alone.

Janine wanted to take a pic of the shoes I had on. That has NEVER happened to me before :)
I’ve always had fantasies about working for a magazine. I had to look around. They have such a great working space.
I think I was singing… Or talking… Or both!
The audience :)
With the fabulous editor of Seventeen (Janine)

Every time I do one of these serenades, I thank the people who allow me and my team into their working space. They honestly don’t know what to expect and they are always so awesome. Thank you Team Seventeen!

Serenades 1

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Although my music is on the playlist of countries in 36 countries… I’m still finding it hard to get radio here in South Africa to play my music. This isn’t one of those ‘woe is me’ type posts. I am the queen of D.I.Y when it comes to my music.

Manager Lady and I decided to go straight to the people with the release of my new single ‘Hot Pink’. So we started ‘serenading’ people at their offices. It is A LOT of fun to rock up at people’s offices and have fun with music. This week we did 4 of those Porcelain Serenades.When we arrive at the offices everyone is a little reserved because this is not something that happens all the time. But I have them singing along in no time ;)

Thanks to the awesome people at Cape Town Magazine, Rolling Stone, Have You Heard and Liquorice.

At Cape Town Magazine offices
They were an awesome bunch to start the serenades with

At Rolling Stone, that’s the editor (Miles) in the corner of the pic

Got Pink cupcakes for the masses. The song I’m launching is called Hot Pink :)
At Liquorice. I was expecting just a few people and it turned out to be more than 20 of them he he he.

I can’t wait to do this again next week. I told you its been awesome week.

Its Not So Bad

Two weeks ago while I was on twitter I came across a tweet asking for a singer to perform at a matric ball. I found out more about it and as it turns out, it was a ball for the Athlone School for the Blind and Disabled. Their very first matric ball. The person organising this, read about it on freecycle,org; Wanted: Matric Ball for Blind and Disable Learners. She immediately sprung into action. Withing 12 hours she was getting donations and food sponsours.

This awesome person is @heikebru and I didn’t know anything about her, but I wanted to get involved. So last week on Friday (28 August) I performed at the matric ball and had an awesome time. At the end of the night I was so moved by the work of one woman who decided to respond to a post. As soon as she made the decision to help, she attracted people who also wanted to make a difference. Most times I read about how awful things are in South Africa, but people like Heike (and everyone who came on board) make me think that its not all so bad. I fell asleep with a smile on my face thinking about how happy those grd 12 learners were.

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The theme was ‘A Night at the Oscars’. I thought I had better get dressed up, so I put on my Lazuli dress and pretended I was really going to the Oscars ;)

When you feel like its all falling apart, make a difference and you’ll see that its not so bad after all.

I Need Music Therapy

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I’ve been performing since I was a kid. I never really had a fear of public speaking, singing, acting or any of that stuff. I always felt at home on the stage. I stopped performing when I left high school and never really did anything (musically) when I was at university. I wrote (secretly), but I never did any performing.

When I moved to Cape Town I started working at night as a singing waitress. I was a HORRIBLE waitress, I’m being honest here. I think the only reason I didn’t get fired was because of my singing ability and my love of performing. I was hardly getting any sleep, but singing kept me happy. It was then when I realised that writing songs and performing them is my therapy. It keeps me sane.

Last week I performed Hot Pink and 2 other songs at Boom fm. Now I’ve been itching to perform again. Law’ ha’ mercy! I need some therapy :)

The folks at Boom fm sent me the video of me performing Today is the day. Have a look:

That jacket is becoming one of my favourites :)

Hot Pink at Boom fm

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Yesterday I debuted my new single (Hot Pink) at Boom fm HQ. It was part of their ‘On the deck’ series. We started off with an interview; we discussed why I chose to go the D.I.Y way and what some of the pros and cons are. I also performed acoustic version of Butterflies and Today is the Day.

I LOVE performing and what made this performance so awesome is that it was on the roof top/deck thing (yes, I’m very bright). With the backdrop of table mountain and red wine (thanks Ruth) I was in heaven. It was so awesome to hang out with the Boom fm crew :)

mic check 1… 2… Is this thing on?

Posed in front of the poster to prove that I was actually there :)
With Jacques, Ruth and Stefan

Good times :)