South African operatic soprano Pretty Yende will be honoured with the International Achiever Award at the 23rd annual South African Music Awards (SAMA 23).
The songbird will receive the accolade for taking the South African brand around the globe.
Yende’s career has really taken her on a journey. She has performed leading roles at opera houses internationally including La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera where she recently headlined new production Romeo et Juliette. She has shared the stage with opera icons like Andrea Bocelli.
Her debut album A Journey was released last year.
Also, the Mpumalanga-born operatic soprano has taken US television by storm graced popular TV shows like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and not too long ago, Yende got a standing ovation at The Wendy Williams Show following an emotional rendition of Una Voce Poco Fa on the American talk show.
Yende had Wendy Williams and her guests gushing over her with tears in their eyes. She literally swept them off their feet with her smooth, creamy and silky voice.
Watch the amazing performance by operatic soprano Pretty Yende;
She was also featured in the latest issue of American Vogue magazine.
Apparently, her very colourful profile attracted the SAMA 23 committee, leading to the decision to honour her.
In addition, the event which will take place later this month will also celebrate the ageless gospel legend Rebecca Malope alongside activist and kwaai-jazz pioneer Don Laka and legendary musician Babsy Mlangeni. The three icons will be presented with lifetime achievement awards respectively.
In his statement on the lifetime achievement awards, Recording Industry of South Africa CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi said;
“We believe that our veterans, who served the industry with unmatched dedication and gave us timeless music, should never be forgotten.”
The awards ceremony will take place on May 27 at the Sun City Superbowl.