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DJ Lag was in Los Angeles for Sunday night’s 62nd Annual Grammy Awards flying the South African flag high and attending the star-studded event in support of Beyoncé’s nomination.
He produced the track “My Power” on the Beyoncé curated “The Lion King: The Gift” album, which was up for an award.
In an Instagram post, he said: “Music’s biggest night was officially everything I expected and much more. We didn’t get the award, but we are winners. Feels good, we will do it again and now we paaaarty!”
In a more somber mood, Santu Mofokeng, prolific exposé and documentary photographer of anti-apartheid resistance and social conditions during the 1980s in South Africa passed away.
Mofokeng’s interest was in the unconventional. A photographic enquiry into spirituality continued throughout his career and produced the evocative series Chasing Shadows.
His explorations of landscape invested with spiritual significance form part of a wider enquiry into space and belonging, the political meaning of landscape in relation to ownership, power, and memory.
Tributes poured in celebrating his work.
An icon whose images haunted me, an artist who inspired me and an observer who captured a generation and intrigued many to follow with his awe inspiring body of work.
Thank you for your contribution. Rest in peace Santu Mofokeng. pic.twitter.com/K6xyFlyKo5
— The Expressionist (@AnthonyBila) January 27, 2020
South African documentary photography has lost one of its brightest stars. Santu Mofokeng belonged to a committed generation of photographers that gained prominence in the "alternative media" in the 80s and 90s. This series is on "train churches". Salutes! pic.twitter.com/Z3gbdK0k3H
— sandile ngidi (@mahlephula) January 27, 2020
Rest in Power Santu Mofokeng
— (olu)remi onabanjo (@RemiOnabanjo) January 27, 2020
On the international front, world-renowned Basketball player, Kobe Bryant passed away, along with his daughter Gianna, in a helicopter crash on Sunday.
There were seven other passengers including the pilot who perished in the tragedy.
Tributes poured in from South African’s on Twitter.
Craziest part is as legendary as Kobe was as player, I feel like we were only truly getting the true essence of Mamba Mentality after he retired. Family life, the books, academy, coaching his daughter’s squad, venture capitalism, analysis , winning an Oscar and and and… 💔
— Tebello Tibz Motsoane (@SHOWtibzLOVE) January 26, 2020
— Dr Nkosinati Magwa (@NkosinatiMagwa) January 27, 2020
— Da L.E.S (@2freshLES) January 27, 2020