Clean­ing up at the Met­ros

EM­tee prom­ises to build a house for his par­ents af­ter scoop­ing sev­eral awards last night

CityPress - - Front Page - NTOMBI­ZODWA MAKHOBA ntombi­zodwa@city­press.co.za

Young rap­per Mthem­beni “eM­tee” Ndevu says he is go­ing to build his par­ents a home on their new plot of land in the East­ern Cape with the R300 000 he won at the Metro FM awards cer­e­mony in Dur­ban last night.

“Fi­nally! I’m go­ing to have a place called home,” he said.

Ndevu said his par­ents had re­cently bought a plot of land in Matatiele.

“What­ever I have, I will al­ways share with my par­ents,” he said.

The 15th Metro FM Mu­sic Awards win­ners were an­nounced last night at the Inkosi Al­bert Luthuli in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence cen­tre in Dur­ban and, for the very first time, the win­ners in each cat­e­gory bagged a stag­ger­ing R100 000 each.

Ndevu was de­lighted af­ter scoop­ing three awards – best hip-hop al­bum, best remix and best mu­sic video.

He told City Press this week he was con­fi­dent that he would bag at least one award.

“If I win, it will show that I’ve been recog­nised by Metro FM and I’m now a real artist.

“A few months ago, I was pray­ing that the ra­dio sta­tion would play my mu­sic and win­ning tonight will mean a lot to me.”

His hit song, Roll Up, scooped the 2015 Song of the Year award at De­cem­ber’s SA Hip-Hop Awards.

At the age of 17, Ndevu started teach­ing mu­sic at var­i­ous high schools.

This en­deav­our marked the be­gin­ning of his road to cre­at­ing an in­come from his pas­sion.

With some of the money he earned, he de­liv­ered his first mix, The In­tro­duc­tion. He pushed his work for two years among his peers and gained street cred for his work. Ndevu was born in Matatiele, but grew up and pol­ished his mu­si­cal tal­ent in Rockville, Soweto.

He said he started rap­ping when he was nine and took part in a va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal and artis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties through­out his child­hood.

Mu­si­cian Nathi Mankayi – whose hit song Nomvula had ev­ery­one singing along over the fes­tive sea­son – was one of the big­gest sur­prises of the night.

Mankayi told City Press this week that he was hop­ing to win at least five awards: “If I don’t ... ob­vi­ously I’m go­ing to be dis­ap­pointed. This means I’ll have to re­ally work hard on my mu­sic.”

He did win one – that of Best African Pop Al­bum.

Mankayi also per­formed at the awards cer­e­mony for the first time.

He said it had al­ways been his dream to per­form at the func­tion.

“Af­ter 15 years, my dream has come true,” he said.

By late af­ter­noon yes­ter­day, City Press did not know who would win the Song of the Year, an­other award for which Ndevu was in the run­ning.

Metro FM ra­dio per­son­al­i­ties Bo­nang Matheba and Moeti “Mo Flava” Tsiki were the hosts for the evening.

PHOTO: LUCKY NX­U­MALO

HOST Bo­nang Matheba co-hosted the Metro FM Mu­sic Awards in Dur­ban last night. Her beaded rose-gold dress was made by Yousef Al’Jasmi, who dressed Lady Gaga, and her styling was by celebrity stylist Law Roach

In re­sponse to The Os­cars’ lack of di­ver­sity, the Amer­i­can Black Film Fes­ti­val (ABFF) col­lab­o­rated with BET net­works to host the in­au­gu­ral ABFF Awards: A Cel­e­bra­tion of Hol­ly­wood this week. Some of show­biz’s most recog­nis­able names were hon­oured on the night.

Gugulethu Mh­lungu looks at the red car­pet pa­rade Ac­tress Loretta Devine stepped out in this won­drous vel­vet cre­ation, which re­minded me a lot of heavy cur­tains. The idea of the dress was great, but it all went awry very quickly with all that vel­vet – and in more than one colour. Shud­der!

Phar­rell Wil­liams is known for al­ways bend­ing the rules of fash­ion. In fact, he does as he pleases, and that’s what makes him cool. So this look, as con­fus­ing as it is, is not com­pletely un­sur­pris­ing, but even so, the jeans seem a bit off. Some­thing just isn’t right, and per­haps I am a lit­tle too con­ven­tional.

Award-win­ning The Fixer ac­tress Kerry

Wash­ing­ton has great fash­ion sense and more of­ten than not, gets it right. She knows what works for her and this dress was an­other ex­am­ple of her sim­ple style. Her bold, elec­tric-blue back­less hal­ter­neck dress was fuss­free, el­e­gant and sexy. The colour re­ally worked for her too. Ac­tress Keke Palmer was one of the red car­pet high­lights in her bright yel­low dress. The cut-out de­tail and high front slit took the look from glam to sexy and glam, and the colour looked re­ally good on her. Nice one, Keke!

Ac­tor Taye Diggs and model Amanza Smith Brown posed to­gether and looked great. Her lace-up dress hugged her en­vi­able fig­ure and she slayed with­out even hav­ing to try. He looked cool in his dark suit and white shirt.

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