This happened in 2015: Culture
With the year coming to an end, it’s time to reflect on the year that was and look back on our favourite culture newsmakers. It can’t be argued that 2015 was a heavy year in news. There were heart-breaking events all over the world that made headlines month after month, but there were also wonderful light news of kind gestures and humanity. There were also good culture moments and highlights that that made the year really good. Without further preamble, this is what happened in 2015, in culture.
Who was nominated for awards
The Soil, Aka and Cassper Nyovest were all nominated for BET awards this year. The Soil and Aka were both nominated in the “Best International Act: Africa” category; Cassper Nyovest was nominated for the International Viewers’ Choice Award. It’s always heartening to see our artists receiving recognition in the world.
The documentary of the Marikana Massacre at Lonmin Mines in 2012, Miners Shot Down, received a prestigious television award. Nominated at the International Emmy Awards, Miners Shot Down brought home top honours in the documentary category. While the documentary battle for national broadcast, it has found an audience in countries including Zimbabwe, Kenya, France, Austria and more.
Who did something new
In July, Cassper Nyovest announced, through his Twitter account, that he was going to try to be the first South African artist to play the Ticketpro Dome at full capacity and do it alone. There were many vocal doubters and naysayers, chief among them his rival Aka. Come the 31st of October, the Dome was packed even other famous people and artists came to the show. Sports and recreation minister, Fikile Mbalula was at the concert and president Zuma issued official congratulations to Cassper Nyovest.
Skhumba’s One-man Show
Everyone’s favourite funny man, and 180 with Bob resident comedian, Skhumba, embarked on a mission of his own. Tickets sold out quickly after they were announced, the 6th and 7th of November saw a happy Gold Reef crowd enjoy the humour and with the comedian is known for by Kaya listeners. After the success of the Gold Reef City performances and high demand, Skhumba decided the to take his one man-show across the country. Check his social media profiles, he might be coming to a city near you soon.
Country Girl, Zahara
2015 was filled with releases by big artists both locally and internationally. First it was South Africa’s darling, Zahara, with a third album. Country Girl went gold within its first day of release, which means it sold more than 20 albums. By the time it was two weeks old, the album was certified platinum.
The most anticipated album in the world, other than Dr. Dre’s Detox, probably has been Adele’s follow up to her 2011 smash hit. The world was primed and ready as reports claimed that the video for Hello, the lead single from 25, was being viewed at a rate of 1-million views per hour on youtube during its first day of release.
What culture stories caught your attention in 2015?