Pop star shows no mercy at Wawela Awards

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Faded bubblegum music star Mercy Pakela snatched Sibongile Khumalo's microphone at the recent Wawela Music Awards.

Faded bubblegum music star Mercy Pakela snatched Sibongile Khumalo's microphone at the recent Wawela Music Awards.

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Faded bubblegum music star Mercy Pakela snatched Sibongile Khumalo's microphone at the recent Wawela Music Awards.

Faded bubblegum music star Mercy Pakela snatched Sibongile Khumalo's microphone at the recent Wawela Music Awards.

JOHANNESBURG - Faded bubblegum music star Mercy Pakela pulled a Kanye West-Taylor Swift on Sibongile Khumalo at the recent Wawela Music Awards.

Pakela snatched Khumalo’s microphone during a performance and left an embarrassed Khumalo covering her face in front of a packed audience who attended the glittering event at Monte Casino Theatre on Friday.

The annual Wawela awards were organised by South African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) to honour music authors, composers, publishers and lyricists.  The ceremony included performances from a number of artists including Yvonne Chaka Chaka who sang her classic entitled  &39;Motherland&39;.

During her performance Chaka Chaka invited Khumalo, who was in the audience, to join her on stage.

Pakela also popped out from the audience, took Khumalo’s microphone and proceeded to sing her own song, &39;ayashisa amateki&39;.

The stunned Khumalo and Chaka Chaka carried on with their performance whilst attempting to recover the mic from a gyrating Pakela.

“Pakela was not invited on stage. Maybe she was moved by the atmosphere and decided to join the ladies on stage. Chaka Chaka and Khumalo were very professional about it. They did not raise any complaints with us. The whole incident lasted less than two minutes and nobody took any offence,” said Samro marketing and communications manager Kgomotso Mosenogi.

Mosenogi said the event was a success and deserving artists were honoured.

Some of the people who received the nod at this year’s Wawela Awards include Sello Chicco Twala (Lifetime Achievement Award), Joseph Tshabalala of Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Breaking Through the Boarders), Mandla Spikiri (Prolific Catalogue of Works), Nicolaas Labuschagne (Broadcast and Live performance) and Phillip Miller (Best Soundtrack In A Feature Film Or Theatric Documentary).