Cleaning up at the Metros
EMtee promises to build a house for his parents after scooping several awards last night
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.
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
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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.