Mpho Motheane and Bongani Sothshononda will join legend Jonathan Butler at LA film festival.
In A coup for Cape Town musicians, two up-and-coming local jazz musicians are to play alongside Jonathan Butler at the Pan African Film Festival (Paff) in Los Angeles tomorrow.
The Paff is the largest independent black film festival in the US and is a feather in the cap for jazz singer Mpho Motheane and marimba percussionist and composer Bongani Sotshononda.
Mpho and her seven-piece band are to entertain the crowd on the opening night gala to be attended by Hollywood celebrities, international and local film makers and Los Angeles movers and shakers.
Bongani will provide his special brand of marimba magic.
The pair will be sharing the stage with South African-born but now US-based Jonathan Butler, as well as celebrity hosts such as Regina King and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.
Although Mpho is no stranger to international venues, it’s a fabulous opportunity for her.
The eldest of six children, she grew up in Cape Town’s Nyanga township where she learnt to sing in the church choir.
It will be her first gig in the US.
“I am extremely excited to be part of this trip. We worked very hard to be where we are today.
“Being part of this event is because of my patience and dedication,” she said.
The Paff celebrates Africa and the African diaspora while honouring world-renowned actors, filmmakers, community leaders and artists for their contributions to the film and entertainment industry. This year’s coverage includes the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to Phylicia Rashad, and a creative achievement award to The Africa Channel’s dramatic series, Jacob’s Cross.