The third annual Mbokodo Awards ceremony, with the debatable theme “20 years of free artistic expression” was held on Friday evening 24 October 2014. Ahead of the awards in 2013, Carol Bouwer described Mbokodo as aiming “to recognise the immense contribution that women, especially those working in arts and culture, have made to rebuilding a cohesive society in South Africa.” The awards are given in 20 categories covering many aspects of both arts and culture.
In 2014, three women were nominated in each of two music categories: Women in Jazz, and Women in Music.
The nominees in the Women In Music category in 2014 were Claire Phillips, Nhlanhla Nciza & Buhlebendalo Mda, with the award going to Nhlanhla Nciza.
Basadi, Thandi Ntuli were nominated for the Women In Jazz award alongside Lindiwe Maxolo who received the award on the night.
Basadi is a five-piece all female band, formed in the 90’s, they represent South Africa both locally and internationally. Thandi Ntuli started playing piano at the age of 4 and in 2014 succesfully funded and launched her debut album ‘The Offering’.
Lindiwe Maxolo has previously won first prize in the Afro Vocal category of the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters and was chosen by the Department of Arts & Culture to respresent South Africa at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Lindiwe Maxolo realeased her debut album Time in 2013.