Basadi in Music Awards Honours Letta Mbulu, PJ Powers, Angelique Kidjo with Lifetime Achievement Awards

Letta Mbulu

“….this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients perfectly embody the essence of this accolade”.

Basadi in Music Awards is set to present Letta Mbulu, PJ Powers, and Angelique Kidjo with the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Awards at this year’s ceremony. The highly anticipated event will be held on 12 August 2023 at Joburg Theatre.
Letta Mbulu, an iconic South African singer and songwriter, has made a significant impact in the music industry and society. With her soulful voice and immense talent, she has captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. Mbulu’s musical journey has been characterised by her ability to effortlessly blend various genres, ranging from jazz to Afro-pop, resonating with audiences and inspiring listeners. Beyond her music, Mbulu has been a strong advocate for social justice, using her platforms to address critical issues and has worked tirelessly to empower women and marginalised communities. ” Thank you to Basadi In Music Awards organisers, I feel honoured, special and humbled. I will deeply cherish this award bestowed upon me. My fellow ladies let’s keep breaking barriers together. I love you all God bless”, said Mbulu.

PJ Powers

Penelope Jane Dunlop, fondly known as PJ Powers and Thandeka, has been an influential and inspiring figure in the South African music scene. Her powerful voice and heartfelt lyrics have deeply touched the lives of many. Powers’ journey is a testament to resilience and determination, showcasing that one can overcome adversity and thrive against all odds. Powers’ music has become the soundtrack to significant moments in people’s lives.

From the anthemic World in Union to the introspective Jabulani, her songs have uplifted spirits, fostered unity, and provided solace during challenging times. Her ability to infuse her music with hope, joy, and resilience has made her an adored icon among fans worldwide. “I am truly overwhelmed with gratitude to be chosen as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2023 Basadi in Music Awards. It is not only a celebration of my journey but a celebration of all the inspiring women who have walked this musical journey alongside me and all the fans who have embraced my music. It is a phenomenal reminder of the power of music to unite and uplift, and I hope that we women in music will continue to harmonize our voices and pave the way for the next generation of female artists with strength and solidarity”, said Dunlop.
Angelique Kidjo, a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and activist, has made an indelible mark on the global music stage. Hailing from Benin, her unique blend of African rhythms, captivating vocals, and thought-provoking lyrics have garnered international acclaim. Kidjo’s steadfast commitment to using music as a catalyst for positive change has positioned her as a prominent advocate. Her songs have touched hearts, inspired, and fostered a sense of unity and pride among listeners across the globe.

Through her artistry, Kidjo reminds us of the power of music to bridge divides and connect people from all walks of life. Beyond her musical contributions, Kidjo has used her platform to shed light on pressing issues and challenge the status quo. Her efforts have made a lasting impact on society, inspiring others to join the fight for a more just and inclusive world. Upon receiving the news of the honour, Kidjo said: “I am very honoured to be receiving a Basadi in Music Award from South Africa. South Africa has a special place in my heart since I first heard about Miriam Makeba when I was young. She was a role model and then a mentor. It is important to celebrate women in music so that many young singers can be inspired to pursue their dream!”
Xoliswa Nduneni -Ngema – Chief Executive Officer – Joburg City Theatres said: “We take great pride in hosting the annual Basadi in Music, a historic event that recognizes the outstanding abilities and accomplishments of women in the music business. This ground-breaking event highlights the remarkable contributions that women make from vocalists to producers, songwriters to executives amplifying their effect and motivating future generations. We are honoured to be a part of the movement that honours and commends the pioneers, thinkers, and ground breakers who continue to influence the soundtracks of our lives.”
“Basadi in Music Awards has a tradition of acknowledging remarkable women who have made significant contributions to society, and this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients perfectly embody the essence of this accolade. These exceptional individuals have not only shattered barriers but have also made lasting impacts through their artistry, activism, and relentless pursuit of excellence. Beyond their music, they have been active social change and advocacy agents. We recognise the impact these trailblazers have had and present these awards in honour of their contributions, in celebration of their legacies, and to inspire the next generation of women in music”, said BIMA CEO Hloni Modise Matau.

Hosted by the charismatic Khanyi Mbau, this year’s Basadi in Music Awards promises an unforgettable evening filled with entertainment, inspiration, and empowerment. In addition to the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Awards, the ceremony will also acknowledge other exceptional women who have excelled in various categories. Tickets for the event are now available for R300 at

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