Samas sizzle at Sun City

2013-05-12 10:01

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Music was the hero of the hour as the MTN SA Music Awards hit Sun City this weekend. Babalwa Shota was there for all the fun during last night’s main awards show

Last week it was wedding central, but this weekend Sun City belonged to South Africa’s musical who’s who as the MTN SA Music Awards (Samas) took over the North West resort.

The main A-list yellow carpet megashow took centre stage last night. Akhumzi Jezile and Boity Thulo were the preshow hosts, but it wasn’t the winners that made the audience gasp, but the devastatingly ugly frock Thulo had on.

An all-lace maxi dress, her dignity was barely covered by the black plastic piece around her waist with a large rose back that made her look like she had a second butt attached to her. At least she had new hair on.

Zahara’s self-confidence has grown by leaps and bounds in the year since she cleaned out at the last Samas. Last night, dressed in bridal ivory, she openly gloated about winning her second Sama of the weekend for her collaboration with Riot.

The stage production was top notch, with a laser and graphic theme that kept the mood upbeat without being a danger to those with epilepsy.

Toya Delazy was the opening performance, and she’s obviously learnt from the backlash stemming from her previously dismal live performances. This time, she was on point, even if she dressed like an overgrown Justin Bieber.

Professor, who got into trouble for wearing a traffic cop uniform at the Metro FM Music Awards earlier this year, came as a fireman last night – albeit in a rented costume.

Rumour has it TV presenter Penny Lebyane was supposed to present the Record of the Year with Glen Lewis, but was booted out by the producers at the last minute for not following the script. This might explain Lewis’ awkward silent moment when he was introducing the category – the auto cue might still have had her cue.

Desmond and the Tutus gave one of the best performances of the night, complete with a set design blowing up.

The coveted public-voted MTN Record of the Year award went to gospel golden boy S’fiso Ncwane, who pulled a Rebecca Malope on the way to collect the award by throwing himself on the ground, pristine white suit and all.

He might not have been acknowledged or honoured, but DJ Dino Bravo had things on lock with his selection. Bongo Maffin, Mafikizolo and Brenda Fassie songs were on his playlist and he kept the audience on their feet and singing loudly along during ad breaks. Three cheers to him for pulling off that feat! The lighting, set design and sound were flawless.

Lira, in a dramatic Gert-Johan Coetzee gold lamé bodice and faux leather tights, scooped the Best Live DVD for her The Captured Tour Concert Film, while DJ Kent got the Remix of the Year title for his remix of the hit Theo Kgosinkwe track Thinking About You ft. Zonke.

This year, the Samas raised the bar to international level. The showcase revealed South Africa as a musical gold mine.

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