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CityPress - - News - BOI­TUMELO MVIMBI boi­tumelo.mvimbi@city­press.co.za

A jewel was added to the crown of South Africa’s new­est king of Afro-pop on Thurs­day night. Nathi Mankayi – once a pris­oner, now a five-time Metro Award nom­i­nee – lifted the first award of his ca­reer for his de­but hit, Nomvula.

He won SABC ra­dio’s Sum­mer Song of 2015 award, which was voted for by lis­ten­ers.

The shy star hardly knew where to look when his name was called. He thanked ev­ery­one humbly in isiXhosa, then hur­ried to hide at the back of the stage to en­joy his mo­ment.

At first, I thought that World of Yamaha in the heart of Sand­ton was a cu­ri­ous choice of venue, but it turned out to be the per­fect size for the vibe of the cel­e­bra­tion – small enough to feel in­ti­mate, but big enough for the truly in­spir­ing per­for­mances of the night.

Mankayi’s remixed ver­sion of Nomvula fea­tures a xy­lo­phone elec­tri­fied by celebrity guests, in­clud­ing ac­tress Sophie Ndaba, model and en­ter­tainer Re­filwe Vanil­l­ablaq Modis­elle, Metro FM DJ Siphokazi Jan­uary and mu­sic stars Rob­bie Malinga, Heavy K, Em­tee and L-Tido.

New kid on the block Cici rocked it out with her hit Sum­mer Yama Sum­mer, with Arthur Mafokate and Ishmael join­ing her on stage. Who knew Pearl Mo­di­adie could sing? Wait, um ... she can’t. The pop­u­lar TV and ra­dio host was the em­cee for the evening and looked rav­ish­ing in a fig­ure-hug­ging navy blue dress. She tried a few bars of a song and also dropped a nod to her fi­ancée when pre­tend­ing to mis­pro­nounce Nomvula – in­stead call­ing the song Nonku­l­uleko, the name of the new love of her life. For me, though, the high­light of the night was the an­nounce­ment of the lis­tener award. Ikwek­wezi FM lis­tener Jab­u­lani Thomas Mabena from Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga won a Kia Pi­canto. No one was aware that he had re­cently been blinded, but it moved us all to tears.

PHO­TOS: LEON SADIKI

ACT­ING QUEEN Sophie Ndaba ruled the venue BLING SWAG­GER star Em­tee

Young hip-hop

HE AIN’T HEAVY Malinga

Heavy K and Rob­bie

TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL L-Tido, hiphop record­ing artist from Alexandra

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