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This year’s social-events calendar has something for everyone. Lesley Mofokeng and Siyabonga Sithole preview 10 of the best parties for 2014

J&B Met – Feb 1

DJ Sbu will be the main judge at the premier J&B Met horse race

As with these racing events, the horses play second fiddle to fashion. The theme for this year is Made to Conquer and is a celebration of those with the “courage and determination to never give up in the face of any obstacles”.

The J&B Met also celebrates its 37th anniversary and revellers are called to Dress Victorious by being bold and brave. There’s a Pinterest page set up for fashion pundits to share ideas.

The Most Elegant Couple competition continues to grow in popularity and DJ Sbu will be the main judge this year.

»?The J&B Met is on February 1. Gates open at 11am. Tickets available via Computicket

Kendrick Lamar – Feb 7, 8 & 9

Kendrick Lamar will perform in SA next month. Picture: Nick Difazio /The Mirror

The self-proclaimed “king of New York”, rapper Kendrick Lamar, tours South Africa for the first time in what is being billed as one of the biggest concerts of the year.

The Los Angeles-born artist is known for his clever rhymes and dope beats, and will delight local fans with songs such as Swimming Pools (Drank) from his latest album, as well as other hits like HiiiPoWeR off his 2011 debut album, Section.80.

His latest album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, was met with critical acclaim and recently went platinum.

»?Kendrick Lamar performs at Wave House Durban on February 7, FNB Stadium in Joburg on February 8 and Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town on February 9. Tickets available via Computicket

Eminem – Feb 26

Eminem is set for our shores

Expect fireworks when the Real Slim Shady takes to the stage on his two-city South African tour. The illest emcee and rap superstar has hard-hitting lyrical content that has earned him legions of fans.

Based on his verbal skills alone, the Oscar and 13-time Grammy award winner is arguably one of the greatest emcees of his generation.

Catch some of his greatest hits and new material from his latest release, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The organisers have not yet confirmed which South African artists will open for this hip-hop sensation.

»?Eminem performs at Cape Town Stadium on February 26 and at Ellis Park in Joburg on March 1

Metro FM Music Awards – March 1

These are South Africa’s second-biggest music awards and have been going for the past 13 years. They toast South Africa’s top musicians and are also a driver of tourism for the host cities.

This year, the awards will celebrate 20 years of democracy and music, while also ensuring more viewer participation. Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium will be the official public viewing area and the awards will also be broadcast live on SABC1.

A presenter search will ensure that one lucky Durban-based listener will have the opportunity to interview celebrities on the red carpet on the night of the awards.

»?The 13th Metro FM Music Awards take place at the Durban ICC on March 1

Cape Town International Jazz Festival – March 28-29

Erykah Badu. Picture: AP

This is the 15th edition of an event that started off as the North Sea Jazz Festival. Big-name stars have graced its stages?– from the late grande dames of song, Miriam Makeba and Cesária Évora, to jazz legends George Benson and Hugh Masekela.

US singer-songwriter Erykah Badu is the headline act this year. Other acts are The Foreign Exchange (US), Kenny Garrett Quintet (US), Rakesh Chaurasia and Friends (India) and Jaco Maria (Mozambique).

Local artists include Jonas Gwangwa, Dr Philip Tabane and Malombo, The Soil and The Muffinz.

»?The festival runs from March 28 to March 29 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Tickets available via Computicket

Miss South Africa – March 30

Anele Mdoda (standing, left) with former Miss SA Suzette van der Merwe (standing, right) and Miss SA semifinalists (sitting, from left) Sheila Mmutle, Ntandayenkosi Kunene and Abigail de Jager. Picture: Lisa Skinner

With promises of being more relevant, the bigger and better Miss SA returns after a hiatus last year. A bevy of beauties was unveiled in December.

The semifinalists will be whittled down to 12 in the quest to be crowned the most beautiful young woman in the country and a chance to enter the Miss World and Miss Universe competitions.

This year’s judges are radio and TV star Anele Mdoda, DJ Black Coffee and magazine editor Pnina Fenster, who will each use the judging formula of intelligence, leadership, talent, physical fitness and a dedication to community service.

We wonder if the controversial swimsuit section has been dumped?...

»?The Miss SA reality show debuts on Mzansi Magic on January 26. Miss SA will be crowned at Sun City on March 30. Tickets available via Computicket

Fashion weeks – March, April and August

A creation from SA Fashion Week 2013. Picture: Muntu Vilakazi

With our plethora of fashion weeks, fashionistas are never short of inspiration. There are three main events to help you revive and update your seasonal looks while having a good party:

»?Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg Autumn/Winter, March 20-22, Sandton Convention Centre

»?SA Fashion Week Spring/Summer Collections, April 2-8, Crowne Plaza Hotel Rosebank

»?Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town Spring/Summer Collections?–?August

»?Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa Trans-seasonal,?October

SA Music Awards – April (exact date to be confirmed)

Toya Delazy on stage at last year’s SA Music Award. Picture: Lucky Nxumalo/City Press

The SA Music Awards celebrate 20 years this year and the event promises to be a memorable bash at Sun City, the home of the awards. As usual, there’s red carpet glamour and fashion mishaps, great music collaborations, and drama on and off the stage as celebrity presenters blunder and debate about who deserved to win and who was omitted.

Over the years, the awards have ensured that South Africans are kept glued to their TV screens in anticipation of the winners, and are entertained by the petty squabbles and beefs. Happening over two days, this is one weekend break not to be missed.

As the adage goes, what happens in Sun City stays in Sun City?–?or is it Sin City?

»?The SA Music Awards will take place at Sun City in April. Tickets will be available via Computicket

Durban July – July 5

A Madiba-inspired outfit at last year’s Durban July

The annual trek to the coast never disappoints. It’s not about the horses, but the revelry and debauchery in the various marquees. Greyville Racecourse erupts into one big party as top musicians host mini concerts and the booze flows.

The partying reaches a crescendo with an impressive fireworks display. “The July” has become a social highlight and a place to see and be seen in your latest fashion.

»?The Durban July takes place at the Greyville Racecourse on July 5

SA Sports Awards –  November (exact date to be confirmed)

Itumeleng Khune, the 2013 SA Sports Star

Throw in a large dose of sports personalities of international acclaim, a generous dollop of premium local entertainers and singers, a sprinkle of African-American pop/film stars (borderline has-beens), an ebullient sports minister, and you get a razzmatazz of an event.

This mix has always put the SA Sports Awards at the top of the social agenda in the past few years.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula may not yet have secured the services of Beyoncé to attend the awards, having to settle last year for little-known Chrissy Teigen, whose claim to fame is being singer John Legend’s wife, but the party at Sun City has always been epic.

Be part of the action this year.

»?The SA Sports Awards take place at Sun City in November

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