Metro FM Music Awards: winners & performers
Nelspruit got a taste of the glitz and glam of music awards when it hosted, for the first time, the 10th Annual Metro FM Music Awards. I remember wondering why and how they would manage to stage an awards function at a stadium after announcing the venue for the 10th celebrations of the institution. Upon entering I was blown away, Mbomela stadium was transformed into a spectacular vision.
The black and grey carpet was crazy, only towards the scheduled start time of the event. Perhaps that’s why the show didn’t start until after about an hour later. When we heard the revving of bikes, we knew the action was about to go down. The excitement in the air was short lived from my side after realising no significance in the act. I thought the hosts or award presenters for the night were in the bikes, but no, just a group of some bikers making senseless noise.
And then the show kicked off with Relo and DJ Kent performing the hits they collaborate on. They got the crowd amped up just like they at the finalists announcement event a few weeks ago. This set a tone for the rest of the night, one that was jovial and fun.
Just the the atmosphere was getting warm, Liquideep got on stage to heat it up some more with their hits as well. It started with the reprise version of Fairytale that I love so much.
The hosts for the night, DJ Sbu and Azania Ndoro were then revealed. They did a fantastic job, although at times I din’t feel the connection between the two.
Lesley and Busi presented the first award, the Best Newcomer prize (sponsored by City Press). Durban‘s DJ Fisherman walked away with it. He had begun the streak of luck for the Durbanites. And as you guessed it, DJ Tira ran into the stage with him. As it that wasn’t enough, he ended up taking the mic too.
And as written in heavens at that moment, the streak stayed with eThekwini as DJ Black Coffee took the Best Dance Album award. It was presented by Zizo Beda and Lupi Ngcayiya. Does anybody know why Lupi decided to wear such an ensemble? Black Coffee also won for Best Produced Album. This has definitely been his year. He totally deserves all the glory. He was out of the country so SHANA group mates Shota Mdabe and Demor Sikhosana accepted the awards on his behalf.
Amon Mokoena and former Metro FM presenter Bertha Charuma were on hand to present the Best Compilation Album. Lulo Cafe beat out legends DJ Ganyani and Vinny Da Vinci to walk away with this one. It’s great to see when hard work is acknowledged, so kudos to him.
The stunning beauty Noni Gasa, who I thought was one of the best dressed for the night, was joined on stage by David Tlale to hand over the prize for Best Styled Artist. Phila Mazibuko won this award.
Skwatta Kamp were awarded for Best Video. Flabba and INFA walked up to the stage to accept the award from Adil Moore and Katlego Danke.
Another one of the best dressed for the night, Thami Ngubeni, was accompanied by fellow colleague Delani to give out the Best Urban Gospel prize. Jabu Hlongwane accepted the award on behalf of Joyous Celebration, the gospel outfit he founded with Mthunzi Namba and Lindelani Mkhize.
Judith Sephuma was the next singer on the lineup to perform. She sizzled with a live band supporting her. It was great to hear people singing along.
Rapper Zuluboy walked into the stage with Claire Mawisa to present the Best Collaboration award, which went to Relo Makhubo and DJ Kent for their hit song Let’s Fall In Love Again. DJ Kent also walked away with the Hit Single Of The Year.
The second award for DJ Kent was presented by Khanyi Mbau, clad in a swimsuit-looking outfit that showed a part of her naked booty when she turned around. And she walked out with a suited man on each of her arms. Talk about making a grand entrance.
R&B singer Brian Temba, this time looking much more dapper in a tux, was joined by Zeal to give the Best Contemporary Album gong to Simphiwe Dana. She also won the Best Female Album prize. She undoubtedly deserves these awards, Kulture Noir is an amazing album.
Actress Mbali Ntuli walked on to the stage with Ismail Ibrahim. They presented the Best Male Album award to Zakes Bantwini. Durban was once again thrust into the spotlight, thanks to the talents of Zakes.
Metro FM‘s Chriselda Kananda was accompanied by Maputla Sebogodi to give out the Best Afro Pop Album award to Malik Zwane. Malik is another hard worker who deserves this recognition. It’s just a pity he had to change the type of music he does before people took notice of his talents.
Mzansi‘s hottest music commodity right now, Big Nuz, were on hand to give us a sterling performance. They were joined by, you guessed it, Tira; and L’vovo. The crowd went beserk as they sang along to their hits that they performed. At this point I overheard a guy from the golden circle audience saying what they had come for was over, so they could leave if they wanted. WOW! Anyway, the third member of Big Nuz joined them this time around, and like I predicted in the black/grey carpet post, he wasn’t looking the part. What’s wrong with him?
DJ Cleo held his own with “Bleksem” after that sizzling Durban act. He got the crowd going with his Gida song, even emulating what he does in the video to the hit jam.
Durban wasn’t done. Zakes Bantwini performed his Shake Your Bum Bum song. The crowd went crazy as he displayed those dance moves that had people eating out of the palm of his hand at the Channel O Awards last month. This guy is destined for great things. Soon after that electric performance, Professor burst onto the stage to do his thing too.