Legendary musician Irene Mawela will now be known as Dr. Irene Mawela. This after she was bestowed with a PhD in music by the University of Pretoria in a graduation ceremony held in Pretoria.
Mawela who was the first Tshivenda musician to sign a record deal with a commercial label, says other local artists should not be discouraged by piracy to pursue their dreams as musicians.
Mawela expressed her gratitude for being honoured by University of Pretoria.
Mawela rose to fame in the early 1990’s. She has worked with people like the late musician Ray Phiri and Mahotella Queens among others.
As music researcher who championed a proposal several years ago to the University of Pretoria says it was long overdue for Tshivenḓa legendary musician to be honoured. Amongst her many achievements, Mawela has also been honoured with a lifetime achievement award by Tshivenda Music Awards (TSHIMA) in 2012.
Mawela bemoaned bogus companies that cheat local musicians.
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