Singer and songwriter Lindiwe Maxolo walked away with the 2015 ImpACT Award for Music & Singing.
Armed with a Cum Laude Honours degree in Jazz Music from the University of Cape Town, this artist and music educator – known for her enchanting and magical voice – was also recognised as the 2014 Mbokodo Woman in Jazz Award winner.
Her debut solo Jazz album title TIME produced by Nduduzo Makathini has earned multiple award nominations, including: The Best African Jazz Album at the 2014 SATMA Awards, Wawela Music Awards 2014/2015 as Best Creative Album of the Year and Best Female Artist Composer. She was also nominated for a South African Music Award (SAMA) in 2013 and is the winner of the 2002 Afro Vocal Category in the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Competition.
Her music on the album fuses World and African sound and lyrically explores diverse spiritual, love and commentary on African subject matters.
Lindiwe labels her sound is an acoustic experience that incorporates both African Jazz and Traditional Jazz influences and although she has been involved with an array of music styles her main focus remains with Jazz music.
The musician born and bred in Boiphatong, Sedibeng District (Vaal), South of Johannesburg was chosen by the Department of Arts and Culture to accompany the Mark Fransman Band as a South African cultural representative at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Her musical journey includes opening for the legendary Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour; performing alongside and working with South African jazz legends such as Sibongile Khumalo, Concord Nkabinde, Themba Mkhize, Feya Faku, McCoy Mrubata, Andile Yenana, and Gloria Bosman to name a few. Additionally, Lindiwe has demonstrated her diversity by performing in India, Portugal and New Orleans.
Reflecting on what the accolade means for her and her craft, Maxolo says: “I am extremely honoured to be the recipient of this award because it acknowledges and affirms that there’s an excellent and brighter future in music, and that perseverance and hard work pays off immensely.”
“As a young professional in the arts, this accolade will surely put me on the path to greater glories and opportunities that need to be explored for which I am ready to make good by. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition and humbled by the Arts & Culture Trust for entrusting me with this recognition and their belief that I represent what it stands for,” adds Lindiwe.
The 2015 ImpACT Awards are presented in partnership with the Distell Foundation and Sun International. The ACT Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented in partnership with Nedbank Arts Affinity, Media24 Books, DALRO, JTI, Creative Feel Magazine and SAMRO.
Each winner will receive a cash prize of R2 000, a certificate, a spread in Creative Feel Magazine worth over R30 000 and additional PR opportunities that will be generated through the ACT Awards. ImpACT Award recipients will also get ongoing backing from ACT in the form promotional support in their professional careers.
Other ImpACT Award Winners include: Laurie Wiid van Heerden, Benon Lutaaya, Letlhogonolo Nche, Jessica Denyschen and POPArt.
For more information about the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) please visit www.act.org.za