Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition 2016’s Ambassador and legendary singer Rodger Lucey were among recipients of 2016 special achievement awards.
Proving that relevance never gets old, Lucey was bestowed with a 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award by the South African Music Awards at the Albert Luthuli ICC in Durban on 04 June 2016.
After a successful run with last year’s ambassadors, kwela legend Lemmy “Special” Mabaso and hip hop grandmaster Emile YX?, the faces of Moshito 2016 are proof that the South African creative industry is vast and varied, yet rich in talent.
Lucey, along with hip hop’s new groundbreaker Gigi LaMayne, are flying the flag for this seminal conference.
Lucey, 62, is a musician, journalist, film maker, actor and educator.
During the late 1970s and early 1980s his career as a musician was brutally curtailed by the South African Bureau of State Security as a result of Lucey’s protest songs being considered a “threat to the Apartheid State”.
Although the Government was already aware of his anti-apartheid songs, the South African security apparatus only swung into action to wipe out Lucey’s career after he performed his “radical” songs, Lungile Tabalaza, Cross Roads and Thabane, on the Voice of America radio programme in 1979.
His young counterpart on Moshito, LaMayne, is a new generation female emcee who stormed her way into the male-dominated genre with the sassy song Ice Cream.
Previously a struggling unsigned artist, Lamayne now sits pretty in the company of giant fellow stablemates Khuli Chana, Thembi Seete, Ms Cosmo, Muzart, and Major League DJz among other big names under Dream Team SA.
Her career is barely out of its infancy stage, and already she is a four time South African Hip Hop Awards winner, winning Best Female for two consecutive years (2013 and 2015), as well as winning Best Mixtape and Best Newcomer in 2013 and the Jack Daniels hip-hop competition in 2014 .