What to expect at the Samas

2012-04-27 08:37

Party anthems of the year will reverberate through the Sun City Superbowl tonight and tomorrow night as the music industry dishes out bouquets (and brickbats to some extent) at the Sama awards.

Here are just five things to look out for:

» There will be no host for the first time in the history of the Samas. After the awards experimented with comedians and music stars in past years, the event will not have a central host.

Instead, nine personalities will pitch in – radio jocks Sizwe Dhlomo, Unathi Msengana and Pabi Moloi; singers Zonke, Kabelo, Swazi Dlamini and Heinz Winckler; and socialite Jen Su. The ninth presenter is still cloaked under the “mystery host” tag.

The Grammys used this hostless format for seven years, until this year when LL Cool J took the reins and did a sterling job. But it may result in a disconnect and might just be too left field for a local audience.

» Zahara will dominate. But you knew that already. This is where she shows off her popularity and worth, personal dramas aside. She will open the awards with what promises to be a smashing rendition of her monster hit, Loliwe, and will go on to sweep several of the trophies she’s up for.

Of the seven, at least the top trifecta of Best Newcomer, Album of the Year and Song of the Year should be hers. She is backed by the blockbuster sales of Loliwe, a song that enjoyed massive airplay and crossover appeal, and has been dubbed a saviour of local music. Give that girl a Bells?.?.?.?erm, an award!

» Mi Casa’s performance will probably be the surprise of the evening with their hi-tech graphics and mind-blowing combination of technological wizardry and live performance. Don’t move when the trio J’Something, Mo-T and DJ Duda bring their runaway hit These Streets to life in a memorable way.

» An ordinary Joe Soap gets a chance to shine as part of the sponsors’ Feel the Fame competition. The lucky fan, who will be announced tonight at Sun City, will present the trophy for Record of the Year.

The finalists are: Buthi Mokoena, Malifi Mohale and Pelo Guda from the Free State; Aaron Joseph and Busisiwe Masanabo from the Eastern Cape; Chris Mhari from Limpopo; Lindiwe Msimanga and Thulisile Gububela from KwaZulu-Natal; and Greachen Issacs from the Western Cape.

» There will be a lifestyle emporium until 4pm in a double-decker marquee on the Gary Player Golf Course today and tomorrow. There will also be a by-invitation fashion show at the same marquee from 12.30pm to 3pm tomorrow, where you can pick up last-minute tips for yellow-carpet looks.

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