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South Africans Celebrate Legendary Artist Dr. Esther Mahlangu’s Honorary Doctoral Degree

"We may now call her Dr. Esther Mahlangu."

The legendary artist, who is known for her colorful graphics, received an honorary doctoral degree at the University of Johannesburg on Monday night.

"We recognize Esther Mahlangu for her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur, skillfully negotiating local and global worlds, and as an educator," said Professor Federico Freschi, the executive dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) at the university.


Mahlangu, 83, carved her own lane in the arts industry by referencing her Ndebele culture in her graphics. Her work is celebrated by South Africans and the world alike.

One of her most celebrated international accolades is the creation of the BMW Art Car, first in 1991 and again in 2017, which made her the first woman and African to ever embellish the car. She was commissioned by the automobile giant to create artwork on the BMW 525i and the 7 Series.

Below are some tweets from Mahlangu's graduation and reactions from her fans.

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Image courtesy of Killbeatz.

Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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