Dare to dream

2016-06-22 06:00

THERE is a lot we can learn from the South African Music Awards that took place at the Durban ICC recently.

Some celebrities, whose names will be spared, taught us how not to dress in public, let alone dress for an awards ceremony. Effective from last weekend, we know there are limitations to the “less is more” principle.

We owe these members of society a debt of gratitude for this valuable lesson. Hopefully they will make amends for when they next appear in public and we will all live fashionably ever after.

It would be criminal to shine the spotlight on the people who didn’t do too good a job of dressing up, and exclude those who did. How a person dresses, after all, is an important part of their presentation. It is so important that it can dominate people’s view of that person.

It is quite possible, for example, for a suitably qualified candidate to not get the job because they dressed in clothes that accentuated their least flattering features. Not fair, but such is life.

Congratulations are in order to these amazing people for showing us how to dress for the occasion and for our bodies, most importantly.

The awards were not about fashion though, they were, as we all know, about acknowledging excellence in the music business. They were about celebrating those whose work stood out above anyone else’s. Those whose work kept us on the dance floors and had us screaming our lungs out for more.

Congratulations to these men and women for giving us music of exceptional quality. Congratulations are in order too to everyone who didn’t win on the day. It was not because of the inferior quality of their work that they didn’t win. On the contrary, their work is of such quality that one couldn’t predict the winner of any category by simply browsing through the nominees.

The one most important thing worth learning from the Samas, or any other competition for that matter, is that winners are people who dare start something and see it through to the finish line.

What we saw at the awards were a group of people who believed in their musical ability enough to put themselves out there as it were.

Somebody is bound to have told them they would not go far because “so and so was more talented, but he or she didn’t make it” along the way. They persisted through all of that right up to producing what we now know as the song of the year or the best album in its category.

The artists who packed the ICC are not necessarily the most talented, but they are the ones who did something with the talent at their disposal. The streets and shebeens are overflowing with talent that will not be taken full advantage of.

The men and women who packed Durban’s ICC reminded us to dare to dream. We were reminded that a life lived without a dream is as good as wasted.

• Zithulele Wiseman Sibanyoni is a father and a part-time writer

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