Star turn-out at Metro FM Awards

2002-12-02 09:14

Johannesburg - Local celebrities turned out in the latest fashion designs for the third Metro FM Awards held at the Herlderfontein Estate north of Johannesburg on Friday.

Although the award ceremony had some technical glitches, the party was not spoilt.

Music stars like Thembi Seete, Ihashi Elimhlophe, Mapaputsi and Zola brought the roof down with their enthralling performances.

The cinema setting provided an intimate space to rub shoulders with local celebrities such as SABC news anchor Vuyo Mbuli, Danny K, Sthandiwe Msomi of Generations, Pamela Nomvete and husband Collins Maribe, as well as SABC 1 boss Romeo Khumalo.

The night belonged to Judith Sephuma, Brothers of Peace, Mapaputsi and KB, who each walked home with at least two awards.

Sephuma won best female and best jazz categories, and Brothers of Peace's groovy album Zabalaza Project B won them the best album of the year and best group.

Backstage jewel KB scooped the best newcomer and best R&B awards. Mapaputsi won best kwaito album and song of the year for Izinja. Rebecca Malope won the best gospel album award, while the wayward Brenda Fassie walked away with the best African pop album award.

Mapaputsi, KB, Ihashi Elimhlophe and Zola gave great performances and the audience was longing to cheer but several artists were let down by faulty microphones, which put a damper on a great extravaganza.

Mafikizolo, the new wave in the kwaito scene, was given a special Cell C award, which pays tribute to the talent of an act that has earned the respect of the industry and the fans alike.

A new category in this year's awards, for best club DJ, went to Revolution, who could not make it because the group was performing in Swaziland.

Kabelo, who is in drug rehabilitation, contested the best male award.