16th Metro FM Mu­sic Awards launched in style

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The glitz and glam of the Metro FM Mu­sic Awards heads back to Dur­ban’s Inkosi Al­bert Luthuli In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Fe­bru­ary 25. Yes, the province will host the premier event for the fifth time in a row, and the or­gan­is­ers de­cided to make the an­nounce­ment at the five-star Hil­ton Ho­tel – in Dur­ban – to em­pha­sise the point. For the 16th evening’s theme, the or­gan­is­ers chose: What’s Next is all That Mat­ters. Maybe to challenge mu­sos to dream beyond the very day they lift their cov­eted awards?

Criselda Dudu­mashe, who looked stun­ning, drove the launch ship in the Hil­ton.

Also at­tend­ing were Metro FM’s Pearl Mo­di­adie, ra­dio host Adil More, and new kids on the block Young Roy­als and Amon Mokoena.

Metro FM sta­tion man­ager Si­bongile Mtyali stressed that the 16th Metro FM Mu­sic Awards would not just be about win­ning an award or get­ting that hit song playlisted on Metro FM – it would be about push­ing mu­si­cians beyond the great al­bum, beyond the great mu­sic video to go with a hit track.

She promised that the sta­tion would keep cel­e­brat­ing all African mu­sic and cul­ture.

With all the for­mal­i­ties out of the way, the me­dia and the ra­dio sta­tion per­son­al­i­ties were treated to a cock­tail party at the Big Easy restau­rant in the Hil­ton Ho­tel.

Ev­ery­one let their hair down and danced to dif­fer­ent mu­sic gen­res – from House mu­sic to hip-hop. But Idol’s judge Ran­dall Abra­hams re­mained rigidly un­moved.

Rob­bie Malinga and Musa Suk­wene en­ter­tained the crowd when they sang their hit Mthande.

Metro FM’s in-house DJs Lulo Café, Naked and Shimza spun the vinyls, while guests downed drinks from Glen­fid­dich to lo­cal sparkling wines.

Maraza set the house on fire with his pop­u­lar song Gwan. And DJ Sox looked on, then cooled the steamy dance floor by play­ing old-school mu­sic.

– Phuti Mathobela

DJ Lulo Café Sbahle Mpisane Criselda Dudu­mashe

PHO­TOS: SIYANDA MAYEZA

STRUT­TING THEIR STUFF wooed the crowds Rob­bie Malinga and Musa Suk­wene

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