Scene City: For old time’s sake

2012-10-06 11:20

Awards bring back fond memories with some old-school artists in action

For many people, Sundays are reserved for resting or repenting for your weekend sins.

But this past Sunday, the first South African Dance Music Awards took place at the Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City, Joburg, and gave people a reason to forget about the Monday blues.

If it wasn’t for the stately decor of the theatre, you’d have been forgiven for mistaking the event for one of those stadium festivals of yesteryear.

The awards ceremony, dubbed the nostalgia awards, took us down memory lane as old-school kwaito, house and hip-hop was performed by the likes of Trompies, Skeem, Boom Shaka, M’du Masilela and Mzekezeke.

The hosts were Ishmael Morabe, who was a little awkward throughout; and Thembi Seete, who served the crowd one Gert-Johan Coetzee creation after another, while fiancé Bobo Seritsane of R&B group Denim looked on.

Mafikizolo’s leading lady Nhlanhla Nciza looked appropriately glam-casual in a pair of jeans, white top and gold-sequined jacket. Khanyi Mbau was there with her beau Tebogo Lerole of Kwela Tebza.

The event was just one big party where ticket-holders rubbed shoulders with the who’s who of the music industry, such as Afrotainment crew DJ Tira, Danger and Mampintsha from Big Nuz.

The slender one, R Mashesha, was missing in action. Also absent was Arthur Mafokate, whose award was presented by Abashante’s Nestum Nyakale.

The awards are founded by DJU, a conglomerate of DJs, including Fresh – who wasn’t there – Greg Maloka, Oskido Mdlongwa, Christos and Vinny Da Vinci.

The event was well-produced and the choreography was great. We’ll just wait to see if the guys can keep this up next year when the real awards with judges, nominations and categories begin.

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