On Tuesday 04 August 2020, South African Singer-Songwriter Pilani Bubu was announced as the winner of Best African Adult Contemporary Album for her Folklore – Chapter 1 album at the 26th Annual South African Music Awards (SAMA).

The SAMA ceremony was held on 3 – 7 August 2020 and unlike previous years, the show aired as a five-night event. Hosted by actress Dineo Langa and comedian Donovan Goliath, the virtual show kept the viewers entertained and glued to their television screens.  

The contemporary folk-soul singer expressed her excitement on social media and said, “It feels like a long exhaling release, ushering in an even deeper breath of reflection and gratitude for the last 10 years strides. This is that marker in the road where we refuel and draw strength for the continued journey. Thank you to all for reflecting with me and your kind words and blessings are well received.”

Pilani released her third album ‘Folklore-Chapter 1’ in November 2019. The singer stated that this is a proof of concept for the work that needs to be done in celebrating and preserving our heritage through the technology of music.

“This is an affirmation that this project series, is an important and sacred piece of work, and when done right could serve its intention for more. I am motivated to continue my work in creating more chapters, curating folkloric content, that future generations can cherish, learn and share,” she says.

The album and its repertoire were birthed from the singer’s international travels and shows. Digging deeper into her roots and origins, Pilani shares stories of South African people in the modern social context, starting thought provoking conversations about men, women, children in our culture, as well as restoring identity. The music is interweaved with poetry and spoken word, interpreting our folklore.

The project marks the beginning of a social platform: Folklore Community to restore the culture of storytelling in African homes and communities to empower and enlighten future generations with positive constructs and knowledge of ourselves to bring a greater sense of self and confidence. The album holds two radio singles: ‘Boom Che’ – celebrating the strength of women and ‘Baile’, as response and call to stop domestic violence and the abuse against women and children. Pilani is currently working on the documentary series to drive this agenda through her #folklorefireside events and literature and audio-visual content packaged for the cause #folklore #theartofstorytelling