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    Unathi Nkayi hosts Basadi in Music Awards after Khanyi Mbau drops out at the last minute

    Taking place at Joburg Theatre this past weekend, the much-anticipated second instalment of the annual Basadi in Music Awards took place.

    The awards celebrates remarkable female talents who have contributed to the arts in exceptional ways, embodying the essence of creativity, resilience, and empowerment. However, even before the big night, the show was not without chaos.

    Just a few hours before the ceremony took place, the organisers announced that seasoned media personality Unathi Nkayi would be hosting instead of previously announced host Khanyi Mbau. Mbau has been in Dubai and did not make it back to Mzansi, leaving organisers in quite a pickle.

    As rehearsals were taking place, Khanyi was absent throughout the week. However, Nkayi delivered a flawless show after being called in at the last minute, leaving many forgetting that Mbau was even meant to host.

    The awards kicked off with a medley performance by Andile Gaelesiwe, Khanyo Maphumulo, Tshedi Mholo, Winnie Khumalo and Tamara Dey, which was a trip down memory lane. This year’s ceremony was about celebrating the queens that paved the way for the younger generation, which was the theme of last year.

    Celebrated for their outstanding contributions to the world of music, recipients Letta Mbulu, PJ Powers, and Angelique Kidjo received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The all-female band was accompanied by the musos Msaki, Lwah Ndlunkulu, Yanga Sobetwa, Maleh, Mpho Sebina and Vicky Sampson.

    Metro FM’s Khutso Theledi received the Entertainment Radio Presenter of the Year award and delivered an emotional speech that paid tribute to her late father and celebrated her journey in entertainment.

    Taking to the stage, founder Hloni Modise-Matau reflected on her journey about putting the awards together revealing how she was admitted to a mental health hospital but fought hard and made things happen.

    The second annual Basadi In Music Awards will be broadcast on August 26 on SABC 2 at 20:30.

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