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Entertainment - Date: 02 September 2019
Written by: Mbulaheni Ridovhona / Viewed: 1816
Lutendo Evens Mugagadeli, popularly known as Vendaboy Poet, has been nominated in the Best Tshivenda Album category in this year's South African Traditional Music Awards (Satma).
He said that he was excited about being nominated. "I feel very honoured and humbled to be recognized for my music," he said. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Satma for the nomination - the journey still continues. I thank all my supporters and people who believe in me. The promoters, event organisers, and all radio stations that keep on playing my music, I thank you. To God, I am grateful for the talent."
Vendaboy Poet hails from Ha-Manyima and adoption and nepotism, hate and discrimination are some of the things that inspire his poetry. "I recite poetry in six languages, Sepedi, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Isizulu, IsiXhosa and English. I'm a performer who gives the audience tears of joy," Vendaboy Poet said.
At the Satma awards, he will compete with Sikheli Junior and Thifhelimbilu & Gazlam.
The 14th Satma event will be hosted at Mahikeng in the North West Province on 27 and 28 September.
Vendaboy Poet. Photo supplied.
The 22-year-old Mbulaheni (Gary) Ridovhona has been passionate about journalism to the extent that he would buy himself a copy of weekly Univen students' newsletter, Our Voice. After reading, he would write stories about his rural village, Mamvuka, and submit them to the very newsletter for publication. His deep-rooted love for words and writing saw him register for a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies at the University of Venda, and joined the Limpopo Mirror team in February 2016 as a journalism intern.