The best young artists in SA

2017-11-05 05:53

Johannesburg - The coveted Standard Bank Young Artist Awards were bestowed in Sandton this week.

The honours went to: Chuma Sopotela for Performance Art; Guy Buttery for Music; Igshaan Adams for Visual Art; Jemma Kahn for Theatre; Musa Hlatshwayo for Dance; and Thandi Ntuli for Jazz. The six young artists form the 2018 contingent of winners, and will perform at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown next year.

The event was hosted by the ever so elegant Pabi Moloi. How this woman gracefully tackled the steps up and down the podium was truly a demonstration of poise and professionalism.

A few celebrities and former young artist award winners presented this year’s awards.

Standard Bank has been quite active in the arts. The Standard Bank Ovation Award, given to artists with winning performances at the National Arts Festival, was once again a hotly contested affair. This was no doubt due to the skill of those artists that performed at this year’s festival.

One of them is jazz singer Ntuli, who brought her whole family along to watch her accept the award for best contemporary music.

Her family couldn’t get enough of her on stage holding her certificate, and at one point Pabi jokingly reminded them: “Thandi’s family, you are going home with Thandi. There will be plenty of time for selfies.”

It was refreshing to be at an award show that wasn’t too long and tedious. The awards were dished out in just under 40 minutes, leaving all those in attendance to eat, drink and be merry.

The National Arts Festival established the Young Artist Awards in 1981 to acknowledge emerging young South African artists who demonstrate an outstanding artistic talent.

(Photos: Supplied)

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