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With June hailed as the month to celebrate the determined youth of South Africa, we saw it fitting to utilize this moment to bring forth the second installment of the Actor Spaces ‘New Breed Actors’ series, to recognize a new cycle of inspirational actors, pouring their youthful energies into diversifying their talents to meet the daunting challenges of the industry head-on. Actors Billy Edward Langa, Zigi Ndlhovu, Didi Khunou and Mpho Sibeko borrowed from their individual journeys to give us insight on how the industry relates to a New Breed of Actors today. Each recounting their tribulations and triumphs through the crack of dawn. The words ‘The early bird catches the worm’ have never rung truer as the chosen location for the shoot was jolted awake with youthful presence, caffeine-induced vitality and lots of laughter, hours before the sun rose… Bringing together four dynamic young performers in conversation.
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Listen in as we interview Naledi Award winning stage, screen and voice actor, Didintle Khunou.
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‘The Colour Purple’ won 7 Naledi Theatre Awards 2019… Producer Bernard Jay and Best Lead Actress, Didi Khunou, open the show. Top chef Grant van Der Riet discusses his incredible restaurant LUCE in Hyde Park. Plus ‘Odd Man Out’, ‘Chicago’ and Nespresso’s new launch in South Africa. Finally, we celebrate the first all South African female team attempting to summit Mount Everest.
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Today we're chatting to South African Actress, Didintle Khunou. She's a beautiful old soul, sweet and in tune with her magnitude. She touches on expanding your skill set, securing industry jobs, her role/experience on 'The Color Purple', her inner workings and more! Listen in as she opens up and shares her reality with us.
Didintle Khunou And The Color Purple Win Big At The 15th Annual Naledi Theatre Awards
On Monday May 20th 2019, the Annual Naledi Theatre Awards took place at the
esteemed Joburg Theatre and what a night it was for The Color Purple!
The Color Purple walked away with 7 awards including:
Best Musical Director to Rowan Bakker, Best Original Choreography to
Oscar Buthelezi, Best Director of a Musical to Janice Honeyman, Best
Supporting Performance in a Musical: Female to Lelo Ramasimong as
Shug Avery, Best Supporting Performance in a Musical: Male to Yamikani
Mahaka-Phiri as Harpo, Best Lead Performance in a Musical: Female to
Didintle Khunou as Celie and Best Production of a Musical.
“This was my first nomination for a Naledi Award and it is such a humbling experience to be honoured with this prestigious award,” says Didintle Khunou. “The journey of playing Celie as well as working with the incredible cast and creative team of The Color Purple was truly a blessing. I've grown tremendously as a performer and I’m hugely grateful at this time for the continued support from The Joburg Theatre and our South African audiences.''
Khunou congratulates all those nominated and all the winners in the
various categories at the Naledi Awards.
And the nominees are....?
The highly anticipated South African Naledi Theatre Awards revealed the nominees with The Color Purple Musical recieving a whopping 13 nominations.
On the 11th of March 2019, the Naledi Awards Nominees for the year 2018 were revealed at The Fringe, Joburg Theatre.
The Naledi Theatre Awards have been in existence for 15 years and are recognised as the Premier Awards Event on the Gauteng Theatre Calendar.
The Color Purple, which premiered in South Africa at Joburg Theatre in February 2018, was honoured with thirteen nominations: Best Production of a Musical by Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay; Janice Honeyman for Best Director of a Musical; Best Supporting/Featured Performance In A Musical - Female to Lelo Ramasimong as Shug Avery, Neo Motaung as Sofia and Sebe Leotlela as Nettie; Best Supporting/Featured Performance In A Musical - Male to Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri as Harpo; Best Lead Performance In A Musical - Female to Didintle Khunou as Celie; Best Lead Performance In A Musical - Male to Aubrey Poo as Mister; Rowan Bakker for Best Musical Director; Oscar Buthelezi for Best Original Choreography in a Play/Musical; Sarah Roberts for both Best Set Design and Best Costume Design; and Richard Smith for Best Sound Design.
The 15th Annual Naledi Theatre Awards will take place on the evening of the 20th May in the Nelson Mandela Theatre at the Joburg Theatre. A limited number of tickets are on sale for the prestigious event. Visit www.joburgtheatre.com to book.
The theatre awards ceremony will be broadcast on Mzansi Magic as well as Kyknet.
DIDINTLE KHUNOU WINS BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL FOR A HER PERFORMANCE AS CELIE IN THE COLOR PURPLE
South African stage and screen actress Didintle Khunou was announced the winner of Broadway World Online Awards' Best Lead Performance - Female for her performance as the coveted role Celie in The Color Purple Musical produced by The Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay Productions in 2018.
Broadway World Online fans were given a chance to vote for the nominees in this year's Awards. and they have spoken. The Color Purple Musical also won Best Production as well Best Director of a Production to Janice Honeyman.
"People came out in numbers to support The Colour Purple. I remember many returned more than once, twice and thrice and each time they came they rallied more people to watch us. I am happy that Alice Walker and Marsha Norman's work had a positive impact on South African audiences and I thank each and every one of those individuals who really supported us." says Didintle Khunou. Didintle says she is humbled by the support shown from supporters who voted for her.
MPUMI MLAMBO CATCHES UP WITH THE THRONE'S LATEST SENSATION DIDINTLE KHUNOU ON THE #POWERWEEKEND - POWER FM 98.7
Mpumi Mlambo catches up with the rising sensation Didintle Khunou who stars in telenovela THE THRONE on Mzansi Magic and was the leading lady in this year's hit musical, The Color Purple.
Didintle Khunou has recently concluded performing on arguably one of 2018’s biggest theatre productions, 'The Color Purple', where she played the lead role of Celie.
JOHANNESBURG - South African performer Didintle Khunou says she believes an actor must always be in training to grow and become stronger no matter what they have accomplished and how long they have been doing it.
“It's a lifelong craft.”