The Golden Stars Awards (GStars) is intending to move Bushbuckridge communities andthe entire Mpumalanga music and entertainment industry to new heights. According to GStar’s Executive Chairman, Sipho Dzimba, this year’s award ceremony would set trends and inspire confidence for many to take the regional entertainment industry seriously.
These award to recognise, celebrate and honour top performing entertainers across wide range of industries. This include television films, artistry, media and entertainment in general. This year’s awards ceremony would among others see SABC 2’s Giyani: Land of Blood drama actress Nyeleti Khoza, (Tiyiselani), as part of the star-studded programme.
“We are pulling out all the stops to have various big name stars at the ceremony, because we’re always inspired to create history and set the trends. There’s nothing that can stop us from celebrating the golden talent from the Bushbuckridge communities and other parts of Mpumalanga. Remember, at the first edition of the GStars in 2017, we had Thabo Mkhabele, (Leshole Mabitsela on SABC 1’s Skeem Saam soapie). It’s our wish to partner with these great personalities in future to ensure they impart their skills and knowledge to our young people here in our Bushbuckridge communities,” said Dzimba.
GStars was launched in 2017 with the express intention of providing recognition and celebrate excellent work from top performers who hail from our Bushbuckridge communities.
The brand also aims to also offer a national and international platform to excellence. “We are also envisioning the Golden Stars Awards as a suitable platform to unite and provide a networking opportunities among local entertainers and big name stars. This way we could all share great moments with their followers from across the region. This is a generational mission intended to assist young artists to learn about the industry as well as providing opportunities to build and grow their brands while climbing the ladder in their respective industries,” added Dzimba.
The awards had always had more categories in the music industry because it had been part of the organisers’ vision to grow the music industry in the region and across the province at large. Music categories include Best Artist, Best Album, Most Popular Song and Best Single Hit. “We had opened up and embraced other talent outside the traditional entertainment industry through a number of categories including Best Innovative Entrepreneur, Best Local Brand, Best Journalist and Best News Article or Story. We also encourage the performing stars to produce quality work. The Golden Stars Awards is the platform where we not only recognise, celebrate and honour excellence, but also identify and admire hard work and dedication,” added Dzimba.
Dzimba encouraged business people, municipalities and the government departments to support behind the initiative. He said the Golden Stars Awards initiative is underfunded. “We are currently an underfunded brand with no sponsorship. We have no money at all and mainly rely on donations to get the brand afloat. But it is not stopping us from pushing this great initiative to ensure professionalism in the entertainment industry across the Bushbuckridge communities and positively transform our society,” he said.
New categories this year include – Best Amapiano, Best Fashion Designer and Best Public Icon. “With the Best Amapiano we are acknowledging the great work that our local Amapiano beat markers are doing. The Amapiano music genre had become part of the top dance music in the region.
There are 24 categories to contest at this year’s awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Honourary Award, which intends to salute the region’s entertainment legends.
The GStars would be held on Saturday, December 28 at the eNdhawini Conference Hall in Mambhumbu outside Thulamahashe, Bushbuckridge. The red carpet would be rolled out at 16h30 and the main award ceremony would start at 18h00.
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