Five-time Grammy Award winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be hosting the first annual isicathamiya awards, the Cothoza Music Awards (COMAs), on the 22nd of June 2019 at The Durban Playhouse.
The COMAs will be the culmination of a three-day programme at The Durban Playhouse that includes a masterclass on the 19th of June and the Cothoza Music Concert on the 20th of June. Professor Joseph Shabalala, who founded the Internationally acclaimed legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo 60 years ago, is very happy that these awards are finally taking place, since it has been his “Long time dream for isicathamiya music to be recognised not only as a national music treasure, but also as a great cultural export.”

The awards ceremony on 22 June, will not only be honouring isicathamiya artists, it will also be a night filled with entertaining live performances.

Tickets for the COMAs on the 22nd of June at The Playhouse are R150 at Ticketweb.

Award recipients shall be honoured with special awards to recognise their contribution towards the upliftment of isicathamiya music:

The Ingqwele Award

The Playhouse Company
Alexius Buthelezi
Paulos Msimango

The Professor Joseph Shabalala Ingqalabutho Award

Milton Mazibuko
Herdman Shabalala
Victor Mkhize – Colenso Abafana Benkokhelo
King Star Brothers
Dlamini Home Defenders
Newcastle Five Roses
Easy Walkers
Xolo Home Boys

The Solomon Linda Award

Solomon Linda

The Imbokodo Award

Afrika Mamas

The Cothoza Masterclass will start at 10:00am on the 19th of June 2019 at The Playhouse. The Masterclass will explore the evolution of isicathamiya music under the theme “Evolution of Isicathamiya-The Past, The Present and The Future” through stimulating healthy debate among industry stakeholders like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, radio compilers from Ukhozi FM, the University of Fort Hare’s Nduduzo Makhathini, KUMISA – Continuous Artists’s Mr Thando Nyameni and others. People who want to register for the masterclass can call Mbali Khanyile 031 8251885 .

Tickets for the Cothoza Music Concert headlined by Ladysmith Black Mambazo and featuring a number of acts on the 20th of June at 19:00 at The Playhouse cost R150.00 at Ticketweb.

This three-day event from 19 to 22 June is a rare moment for South African Ladysmith Black Mambazo fans to interact with the legends and experience a full, live uninterrupted performance by this world renowned group who spend most of their time touring the World.