From Lebo Mashile and Masasa Mbangeni, to Vuyani Dance Theatre and the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra (JYO), the annual BASA Awards have become a platform for showcasing some of South Africa’s finest emerging and established artists.
“For more than two decades, Business and Arts South Africa has enabled, amplified and catalysed partnerships between business and the creative sector,” says BASA Head of Marketing, Savannah Feeke. “And while the key focus of the BASA Awards is to recognise and celebrate those, it’s also a vehicle for showcasing up-and-coming creatives, alongside some of South Africa hottest talents,” she adds.
In collaboration with independent award-winning theatre director, Alby Michaels, and boutique creative consultancy Freshly Minced, Feeke has put together a showcase of edgy artists, presenters and personalities for the 22nd edition of the Awards, which take place this weekend. Michaels is widely known for his provocative work as a dramaturge, designer and director, and he brings a unique point of view to his diverse body of work. Freshly Minced has been associated with both the BASA Awards for a number of years, as well as other high-profile events for organisations such as South African Breweries, Nestlé, and Netcare.
Says Michaels, “A selection of learners from the National School of the Arts has been hand-picked to strut their stuff as guests arrive, and a performance by aerial circus artist, Tsogt Bayasgalan from Mongolia, will open the ceremony. Published poet Emmah Mabye has been commissioned to write and perform a poem, which she will debut during the ceremony, and acclaimed South African performance artist/designer/musician Manthe Ribane is the featured artist for the event.”
Manthe Ribane is part of the creative collective, Dear Ribane, which also comprises her siblings Tebogo and Kokona Ribane, who combine their love for design, fashion, performance, music and dance, to create immersive shows that have wowed audiences across the world. “I want every aspect of my life to be art. The people I surround myself with need to have a good energy,” says Manthe.
Emmah Mabye, whose poetic expression has won audiences through her powerful command of the spoken word, will be presenting an original piece at the 2019 BASA Awards. “Through my powerful command of the stage, I bring poetry to life. Using the technique of creatively expressing everyday life, I take you to a world of solace, a point of inspiration and grant you an opportunity to challenge the status quo, all safely within yourself.”
A final inclusion to the 2019 line-up includes Mongolian born, Tsogt Bayasgala. Having graduated from the University of Art and Drama in Ulaanbaatar, Tsogt’s passion lies in ballet and aerial circus. Having worked previously with many talented performers, Tsogt will be performing the Aerial Cube on the 2019 BASA Awards stage.
The twenty-seven finalists for the 22nd annual BASA Awards (partnered by Hollard) have been announced in the October issue of Creative Feel magazine (www.creativefeel.co.za), and the winners will be announced on Sunday 13 October, as well as being featured in the November issue of Creative Feel magazine.