SA Dance Music Awards live up to the ‘nostalgia awards’ tag

2012-10-01 08:33

The song that the now defunct kwaito group Skeem performed to open the SA Dance Music Awards (SADMA) last night best sums up the event, dubbed “the nostalgia awards”.

Held at Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre, guests dressed in All-Star sneakers and floppy hats (“iSpoti”) came out to play as the dress-code urged them to look casual.

“This is a dance music night and you know how we do it,” joked Kaya FM station manager Greg Maloka as he put on his hat.

Maloka is one of the founders of the event, alongside his comrades-in-DJing Oskido, DJ Fresh, Christos and Vinny da Vinci.

The awards had no judging panel, categories or nominations but simply honoured record labels and music industry players who had contributed to house, kwaito and hip-hop in the past two decades.

Guests were treated to a medley of hits from Boom Shaka with Thembi Seete, Theo and Junior reviving the group for a bittersweet performance without Lebo Mathosa.

The group was followed by Mdu Masilela who sang his hits of yonder, including Chomi Ya Bana. He was also the first honouree of the SADMA but was nowhere to be seen when it was time to collect his award.

Others honourees include DJ Christos and Arthur Mafokate, whose award was presented to him by Nestum of Aba Shante fame.

DJ Tira and Big Nuz’ Danger presented an award to Kalawa Jazmee, which saw Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng, Oskido, Bruce Sebitlo and Mjokes collect the award with a quip from Oskido that “finally we won an award”.

Oskido will also receive this year’s Special Recognition award at the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards.

Hip-hop artist Amu honoured Ghetto Ruff’s Lance Stehr before making way for Trompies to take over the stage to perform.

Metro FM’s Glen Lewis was given the job of honouring fellow DJ Vinny Da Vinci and his House Afrika recording label before Amu came back on stage with Mr Selwyn to perform his hit Attention.

Broadcasters Yfm and the SABC were honoured with special awards, and special recognition awards went to Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and Minister of Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba, Ready D, Ganyani and Glen Lewis.

A special tribute sequence was put together to honour musicians who had died, including the Monk, Khabzela, Monde, Lebo Mathosa, Tebza of Mafikizolo, Malaika, Abba, Makhendlas, Zombo, Brown Dash, Dr Mageu, Iggy Smallz, Art Jones, Brett Jackson, TK, Sbu and Lollipop, and Thuli Thilis – with Thebe’s Groover’s Prayer playing in the background.

Next Generation certificates were handed out to Soul Candi, HHP, 4 Sound, Afrotainment, Zakes Bantwini’s Mayoni Productions, Will of Steel, Soulistic Music and TS Records who were all at the event to make their acceptance speeches.

Even nightclubs that have allowed dance music to flourish received special mentions like Razzmatazz, Gemini, Arena, King Palace, Whispers, Club 707 and Countdown.

The Game Changers special mentions went to Mandoza, Mzekezeke, TKZee and Prophets of Da City.

This was followed by a rousing performance by DJ Tira and Big Nuz, Professor, Tokollo “Magesh” Tshabalala and DJ Sbu as Mzekezeke.

The last performance of the night was from a group that danced along to Black Motion’s hits.

» The South Africa Dance Music Awards will be broadcast on SABC 1 tonight.

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