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UBUNTU ARTS AND CULTURAL DIPLOMACY
AWARD (VETERAN)

AN INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION THAT HAS PROMOTED A POSITIVE IMAG E OF SOUTH AFRICA GLOBALLY

TrophyESTHER MAHLANGU
TOTAL VOTES
1084

ESTHER MAHLANGU

Internationally respected and recognised Ndebele artist.

Esther is most well known for her bold large-scale Ndebele inspired artworks. In 1989 Esther was invited to create murals for the international exhibition, the Magiciens de la Terre in Paris. Her artwork then became known all over the world.

With the goal of preserving her cultural heritage, Mahlangu started an art school in the backyard of her home in Mabhoko in Mpumalanga. Esther recently collaborated with John Legend to design the limited-edition Belvedere Vodka bottle for the #MakeADifference campaign using her Ndebele tribal art style to raise money for HIV prevention.

In October 2016, she signed a BMW luxury automobile and made it into a work of art that public could bid on. The vehicle was in display at the renowned Freize Art Fair in London. This iconic collaboration comes 25 years after Mahlangu created a BMW Art Car which was the first to be signed by a woman.

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TrophyJOHNNY CLEGG
TOTAL VOTES
225

JOHNNY CLEGG

One of South Africa’s most revered musicians.

World famous songwriter, singer, anthropologist, academic, activist and a French knight who recently became a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) 2015. Johnny Clegg is known internationally as an energetic, passionate human being who has become one of South Africa’s greatest musical exports.

He has campaigned against the injustice of apartheid and been instrumental in putting the new South Africa on the map as a cultural ambassador. He has travelled the world, transporting activism and humility through his music.

In 2016, Johnny Clegg was honoured with the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Lifetime Achievement Award for music.

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UBUNTU ARTS AND CULTURAL DIPLOMACY
AWARD (YOUTH)

AN INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION THAT HAS PROMOTED A POSITIVE IMAG E OF SOUTH AFRICA GLOBALLY

TrophyPRETTY YENDE
TOTAL VOTES
2135

PRETTY YENDE

Highly regarded and world famous South African operatic soprano.

Pretty was born in 1985 in the small town of Piet Retief, Mpumalanga. She attended the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town.

Representing South Africa on a global stage, Pretty has risen to the top of the opera world with unparalleled speed. Pretty has performed starring roles at the worlds grandest opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and the Royal Opera in London.

Among her achievements, Pretty is the only singer to have ever won all the main prizes at the renowned Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna.

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TrophyLADUMA NGXOKOLO
TOTAL VOTES
1862

LADUMA NGXOKOLO

Design and Innovator

Laduma Ngxokolo is one of Africa’s finest knitwear designers and innovator of the Xhosa inspired knitwear brand MAXHOSA BY LADUMA.

Ngxokolo has captured the hearts of many fashion lovers and media from South Africa, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Oslo, Berlin and New York.

Ngxokolo recently won the 2015 Vogue Italia Scouting for Africa prize to showcase his collections at the Palazzo Morando Show in Milan, Italy. Ngxokolo is an agent of change, shifting and evolving with the changing times and further engaging in dialogue that pushes Xhosa culture to the future.

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