News Brief

Veteran South African Actor Jerry Mofokeng is Receiving an Honorary Doctorate

The doctorate will be conferred by the University of the Free State.

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Free State will be conferring veteran South African actor Jerry Mofokeng with an honorary doctorate. This doctorate is to acknowledge and honor the volume of work he has contributed to South African film and the performing arts.


Jerry Mofokeng has been a performer and actor for decades. He is well known on the theater circuit as well as in major South African films including Four Corners, Five Fingers for Marseilles, the Oscar-winning Tsotsi and Fanie Fourie's Lobola, among many others. Mofokeng is currently playing the role of 'Bra Moscow' on the popular South African drama series, Scandal.

Speaking on the honor, Mofokeng simply stated: "I feel affirmed. I feel honored and I feel recognized." An actor who is extremely committed to his craft, the actor has joken oftentimes that he'll probably kick the bucket whilst he's in the middle of a scene.

The actor reportedly remarked to SowetanLIVE:

"I think I will probably die on set. I don't mind bowing out on set. Miriam Makeba did it and I would be honored to die doing what I love most."

Mofokeng is not the first (nor will he be the last) extraordinary South African artist to be conferred with honorary doctorates. He joins other greats such as musician Caiphus Semenya, painter Esther Mahlangu, Black Panther star John Kani, the late jazz maestro Hugh Masekela and the late songstress, Miriam Makeba.


Davido's Fiancé, Chioma Rowland, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Nigerian musician made the announcement via a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday.

Chioma Rowland, the fiancé of star Nigerian musician Davido, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The artist shared the news via Instagram on Friday, writing that he and 31 people on his team decided to get tested after returning back to Lagos from abroad. While he and the rest of his team received negative results, Rowland's test came back positive.

"Unfortunately, my fiancé's results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby," wrote Davido. He added that they both showed no systems, but would be self-isolating as a safety measure.

"We are however doing perfectly fine and she is even still yet to show any symptoms whatsoever. She is now being quarantined and I have also gone into full self isolation for the minimum 14 days," he added. "I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless love and prayers in advance and to urge everyone to please stay at home as we control the spread of this virus! Together we can beat this!"

Keep reading... Show less

Juls Drops New Music Video for 'Soweto Blues' Featuring Busiswa and Jaz Karis

The Ghanaian-British producer heads to South Africa for the music video for the amapiano-inspired track.

Heavyweight Ghanaian-British producer Juls shares his first offering of 2020, and it does not disappoint.

The producer enlists South African music star Busiswa and London's Jaz Karis for the jazz-inflected "Soweto Blues," which also boasts elements of South Africa's dominant electronic sound, Amapiano. The slow-burner features airy vocals from Karis who features prominently on the 3-minute track, while Busiswa delivers a standout bridge in her signature high-energy tone.

"The song dubbed "Soweto Blues" is a song depicting the love, sadness and fun times that Soweto tends to offer its people," read the song's YouTube description. The video premiered earlier today on The Fader. "The energy is amazing, the people are lovely and I've found a second home — especially the vibrancy of Soweto," the producer told The Fader about his trip to Soweto for the making of the video "Jaz Karis is singing a love song, which is symbolic of my new love of Soweto and I'm honoured to have worked with Busiswa whom I have been a fan of for a long time."

Fittingly, the music video sees Juls traveling through the township, taking in its sights and energy. The video, directed by Nigel Stöckl, features striking shots of the popular area and its skilled pantsula dancers.

Keep reading... Show less
Image courtesy of YouTube.

YouTube's Online '#Stay Home... #WithMe' Music Festival Will Keep You Entertained This Weekend

Watch Reekado Banks, Gigi Lamayne, Asa, Skales and other African artists perform live this weekend as part of YouTube's online music festival, 'Stay Home #WithMe'.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.