Scene City: Yellow carpet fever hits and misses

2012-05-05 13:58

The industry’s ‘it’ crowd showed up in force for the country’s ultimate music awards last weekend

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that this week everyone and their cousins twice removed have been talking about the 18th South African Music Awards that were held at Sun City on Sunday and Monday.

Randall Abrahams should give himself a pat on the back for a well-organised event – I’ll even overlook the fact that, as usual, he moved around like a creepy grey thundercloud.

It’s such a pity, because I’ve heard he has a nice smile – although that still remains a rumour to me.

Speaking of Abrahams, I must say, the awards event felt a bit like watching an Idols finale, replete with the contestants in attendance.

The first night saw the industry awards – read: real musicians awards – given out with Vusi Mahlasela and Ray Phiri being awarded lifetime achievement awards.

I fail to understand why those awards are not part of the main show – the performances were above par.

Really, to rob the nation of powerful and moving tribute performances by Solly Mahlangu, Lira and Kabomo, as well as the duet of Weeping by Mahlasela and Phiri, is just criminal!

The event was hosted by Tumi Morake and Tats Nkonzo. I don’t know much about this chap but he was a breath of fresh air and his repartees with Morake kept us in stitches.

Loyiso Bala and Lloyd Cele’s harmonies were on point when they performed their duet, Thando. It’s good to see there are veterans passing the baton and helping young musicians.

Later that night TS Records hosted a party at Silhouette to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

The next day the event’s yellow carpet was awash with celebrities in all their finery.

This year the men outdid the women in the fashion stakes as artists like AKA in a gold and black Palse Homme suit, Slikour in a white jacket, Stoan Seate in Carducci, DJ Sbu’s dark red suit, Mi Casa in funky suits with colourful bow ties and Supremebeing takkies.

Even Big Nuz wore winning suits with Mampintsha in a suit that made him look a size smaller.  There was also Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng, who I’m pretty sure has never been spotted in a suit.

He might be having some political woes, but that’s not about to stop Juju Malema from having a good time.

Even the crowd appreciated his presence as they shouted his name, with some approaching him for handshakes and photos.

As for the women, those who stood out included Bonang Matheba in her pink chiffon GJC gown with strategically placed rose detail.

She later changed into a cleavage-bearing, long-sleeved white gown with an interesting beaded neckline.

Not to be outdone in the cleavage department were Minnie Dlamini’s show-stopper of a glittering mermaid dress with feather detail and Unathi Msengana.

Everywhere you looked, women were minutes from spilling out of their dresses.

A very pregnant Nhlanhla Nciza looked radiant in a white gown. The singer and protective hubby TK are expecting their bundle of joy soon.

Another rumoured baby brewer present was Judith Sephuma, who was in a figure-hugging brown David Tlale number.

And there was Somizi Mhlongo’s dramatic Tlale leather jacket and silver Lady Gaga-inspired wedges, as well as Nothende’s thigh-revealing gown.

The belle of the event was Zahara, beautiful in red for her big night. I was seated near her, where she was flanked by TK and DJ Sbu (who needs bodyguards eh?).

As for Sbu, he looked way too cosy with Felicia Mabuza-Suttle’s daughter, stylish singer Lindiwe Suttle, who was easily one of the best-dressed in a sheer cream-white Avant dress.

They might not be together but they sure had chemistry.

Overall, the performances were as epic as you have seen on TV, with HHP remaining a favourite in his home province of North West.

In fact, it was so much fun that yours truly bypassed the after party and opted for an early night.

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