Tears, honesty, revelations, and confronting childhood trauma were the order of the day as stars, musicians, well-known celebrities, and those in the making gathered at Lesedi Hall at Joburg Theatre for the Basadi In Music Mental Wellness Day. This is a therapy session organised by the awards' CEO Hloni Modise-Matau for artists to tackle issues affecting their mental wellness as creatives.
BASADI IN MUSIC AWARDS
The Basadi In Music Awards (BIMA) is the brainchild of seasoned publicist Hloni, who after years of managing events and publicity decided on an award ceremony that celebrates female talent and achievements in the music industry. The all-encompassing awards honour varied talents such as singers, rappers, DJs, composers, producers,and creatives in the music ecosystem.
MENTAL HEALTH IS WEALTH
The Mental Wellness Day
Last year, after a breakdown that landed her in hospital for two weeks, Hloni spent time healing and finding ways to be a better mom, better CEO, and better female contributor in the music industry. "I don't think when I landed in hospital last year, I would have realised that a mental workshop would be needed. The two weeks I spent at the hospital was so this moment can happen," she says. "I did a lot of exercises that I have taken to my home and they have made a difference and give me a sound mind. " Hloni says the music industry still has a long way to go and needs everyone to play their part. "Artists, managers, and everyone is dealing with a lot and facing traumas, and these sessions are to help shed the load."
GIRL IN THE MIRROR
During the mental wellness sessions, Hloni did exercises that helped stars confront their demons and traumas, speak to themselves, and tackle their own mental issues. "So, the next awards will be themed 'Girl In The Mirror' and will be heavily inspired on issues of mental wellness, how we speak to ourselves, what the voice in each one of our heads has to say," she concludes.