By Mpho Hlapolosa
The 15th annual South African Music Awards show was staged on the 2nd of May at its traditional home, the Sun City Super Bowl. From the celebs walking on the yellow carpet to fans screaming their lungs out in support of their favourite artists, this was an event not to be missed. The spectacular showing of South African talent and entertainment rocked the Super Bowl and has left many South Africans eagerly anticipating next year’s offering.
Keeping the audience entertained as the host for this year was comedian and television host Mr. “oh so handsome” Trevor Noah, who kept the crowds in stitches.
Kicking off the night was a collaborative tribute to Miriam Makeba by Zamajobe, Golfish and Bhekumuzi Luthuli, which had the crowd clamoring for an encore. Other memorable performances which titillated the crowd to their feet were those of the electric Lira, who also picked up four awards, and Jozi, whose defying style is always a crowd pleaser. The most interesting sets were a number of unexpected collaborations and fusions between different genres of South African music. The evening witnessed co-performances between Joyous Celebration and Nicholas Louw, and Yvonne Chaka Chaka also performed with legendary Afrikaans muso, Anton Goosen.
The night was all about rewarding South Africa’s musical talent for their contributions and saw various artists take home a coveted SAMA or two. Singer Lira won four SAMA’s, including best Album of the Year and Best Female Artist. The MTN Record of the year was won by Rhythmic Elements for their record “2 By 2” which beat out 20 competing artists to claim the title. And the best Rap Album went to Teargas for “Wafa Wafa”. Despite being fairly new in the industry, Teargas managed to snatch the award away from well-known and established South African acts like Nemza and Silkour. The award for Best selling download went to DJ Cleo fro his club banger “Hand’s Up”
This years SAMAs were great entertainment and a reflection of the rapidly growing music industry in South Africa, as well as its diversity. The exceptional standard and quality of the production rivalled international awards shows and has left a high standard for next year’s production to top.