ICYMI, our GLAMOUR Summer Celebration at Cresta Shopping Centre, is just around the corner! You’ll have the chance to get your makeup and nails done by the pros, and get the inside scoop on the hottest trends of the season. To keep the good vibes rolling, one of SA’s top female artists will take to the stage for a soul-stirring, acoustic performance. And, she was one of GLAMOUR’s Women of the Year in 2011.
We’re talking about the local musical icon, Zolani Mahola! You may recognise her as the lead singer of popular band Freshlyground, who’s chart-topping hits put SA on the map. With her unstoppable drive, this songbird achieved these five career highlights, which make her a true inspiration.
1. She bagged the lead role in the TV drama, Tsha-Tsha.
Believe it or not, Zolani actually studied drama at UCT! After being raised in Bisho in the Eastern Cape, Zolani packed her bags and headed for the Mother City to pursue her degree. Thanks to her acting skills, she landed the lead part in the drama series Tsha-Tsha, aired on SABC1.
2. Freshlyground won the MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act.
To prove just how legendary they are, Freshlyground were the first local musical act, to walk away with the MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act. The awards ceremony took place in 2006 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and they were up against nominees like Juma Nature, Nameless and P-Square.
3. Freshlyground collaborated with Shakira for the FIFA World Cup 2010 theme song.
Who can forget the World Cup fever that struck SA in 2010? Freshlyground flew the nation’s flag high by teaming up with Colombian singer Shakira, for the World Cup theme tune, Waka Waka (This Time for Africa). To date, the track has garnered more than a whopping two billion views on YouTube!
4. She took part in the movie Zambezia.
Produced by Triggerfish Studios, Zambezia is a 3D, animated adventure film. The movie bagged the award for Best South African Feature Film at the Durban International Film Festival. Zolani not only voiced the character of Zoë, a weaver, but recorded the hit Get Up, for the soundtrack.
5. She’s launched a crowdfunding campaign for her upcoming solo projects.
Zolani has met plenty of talented creatives throughout her career, who she’s rather keen to work with on solo projects. But, to keep her projects independent from major labels and sponsors, she decided to leverage the power of crowdfunding. For her first one, she’ll be jetting off to San Diego to collaborate with GoldFish.
Want to see Zolani Mahola live? Then book your ticket to the GLAMOUR Summer Celebration here!