Nasty C wins big at Met­ros

CityPress - - News - NTOMBIZODWA MAKHOBA and RHODÉ MAR­SHALL ntombizodwa@city­; rhode.mar­shall@city­

Hell Naw! That’s the sur­prise win­ner of the cov­eted Song of the Year Award at last night’s 16th Metro FM Mu­sic Awards. Rap­per David Ng­cobo, best known as Nasty C, bagged the award, bring­ing yet an­other gong to his record la­bel Ma­bala Noise, a sta­ble that he hailed as the “univer­sity of mu­sic” in his ac­cep­tance speech. It was a fan­tas­tic night for Nasty C, who walked away with sev­eral awards, in­clud­ing for Best Hip-Hop Al­bum, Best Male Al­bum and Best New Artist.

An­other Ma­bala Noise artist, Riky Rick, clinched the award for Best Hit Sin­gle for Sid­luko­tini; rap­per Du Boiz won the Best Mu­sic Video nod for Dope Dream; and Musa Suk­wene, who signed re­cently with the la­bel, won Best African Pop Al­bum.

An­other of the la­bel’s big names, L’vovo, got ku­dos for Best Kwaito Sin­gle, and re­cent sign-on Kelly Khu­malo took the Best Fe­male Al­bum award for My Truth.

Amanda Black, signed by la­bel Am­bi­tiouz En­ter­tain­ment, bagged two awards: the MMA 16 Lis­ten­ers’ Choice and the Best R&B Sin­gle for Sep­a­rate.

Ahead of last night’s cer­e­mony, held at the Inkosi Al­bert Luthuli Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Dur­ban in KwaZulu-Natal, chaos was ex­pected af­ter the fi­nan­cial prob­lems be­set­ting the SABC were tak­ing their toll on the premier ra­dio awards func­tion.

SABC staff told City Press yes­ter­day that this year, Metro FM did every­thing it could to save costs, in­clud­ing us­ing its in-house pub­lic re­la­tions staff to han­dle the event’s lo­gis­tics.

One staff mem­ber claimed the awards were al­most post­poned be­cause every­thing – from lo­gis­tics to pro­duc­tion – was done at the 11th hour.

“We were late for every­thing this year. That is why we de­cided to do every­thing in-house.”

SABC spokesper­son Kaizer Kganyago con­firmed the broad­caster did its best to save money this year.

“But sav­ing costs was not the only is­sue. We knew we had the staff ca­pac­ity in the or­gan­i­sa­tion and we tried to cut the long process in­volved in procur­ing ser­vices. We can­celled a num­ber of things, such as the Metro FM in-house mag­a­zine, as well as the com­edy show, which usu­ally takes place a few days be­fore the awards cer­e­mony,” he said. “It was just a con­trac­tual de­ci­sion.”

The SABC em­ploy­ees City Press spoke to said the artists’ con­tracts were fi­nalised late.

One em­ployee added that not much was ex­pected from the award show’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, Thokozani Nkosi, and its mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, for­mer Idols win­ner Khaya Mthethwa.

“Tonight, there will be too many church ele­ments for a com­mer­cial ra­dio sta­tion such as Metro FM. Do not ex­pect a ‘wow’ awards cer­e­mony,” the staffer said a few hours be­fore the event be­gan.

De­spite the mis­giv­ings ex­pressed, it was hard to imag­ine that per­form­ers such as Babes Wo­dumo, Mshoza, award-win­ner Black, Cassper Ny­ovest and Jaziel Broth­ers would not bring the heat.

Also on the pro­gramme were Khu­malo and gospel star Brenda Mtambo, who paid trib­ute to leg­endary mu­sic cou­ple Cai­phus Se­menya and Letta Mbulu.

Am­bi­tiouz En­ter­tain­ment dom­i­nated the nom­i­na­tions list with Black, Miss Pru DJ and Sjava, but it was not the win­ning record la­bel.

It has been a bad month for Am­bi­tiouz, with three of its big­gest names – Fifi Cooper and Metro FM nom­i­nees A-Reece and B3nchMarQ – an­nounc­ing their de­par­ture from the la­bel.

A-Reece, who was re­cently named Lyri­cist of the Year at the SA HipHop Awards, hinted in his re­cently re­leased sin­gle, Loyal, that Am­bi­tiouz En­ter­tain­ment artists did not get to keep their awards af­ter win­ning them.

“Where the F do the awards stay at?” he rapped, adding that he was be­ing paid less than R20 000 a month and pub­li­cists at Am­bi­tiouz could af­ford to buy cars be­fore its musicians.

“Get­ting monthly pay of less than 20K was never part of the plan/ PR buy­ing cars be­fore the artist, it doesn’t match up,” he raps.

Last year, it was re­ported that rap­per Em­tee and Cooper were re­volt­ing against Am­bi­tiouz owner Kgosi Mahumapelo, af­ter he al­legedly seized their Metro FM stat­uettes and kept them in his of­fice.

Em­tee was also re­port­edly an­gry with Mahumapelo for pay­ing him and Cooper the same bonuses in De­cem­ber, claim­ing he had raked in more money in gigs than she had.

Ru­mours of buy­ing awards have also dogged the la­bel, but Mahumapelo re­sponded: “This is the norm in an in­dus­try con­trolled by few. When a for­mi­da­ble com­peti­tor en­ters the mar­ket­place, the com­pe­ti­tion would spread ma­li­cious ru­mors to de­lib­er­ately dent their cred­i­bil­ity – sadly, this is such a case.”

About allegations that he kept win­ners’ stat­uettes, Mahumapelo said: “In the for­tu­nate in­stance that an artist wins an award, the la­bel will en­sure that both the la­bel and the artist have an award, even if it means a replica would be or­dered from the award com­pany.”


TV per­son­al­ity Khanyi Mbau looked ra­di­ant on the black car­pet at the Metro FM Mu­sic Awards in Dur­ban last night



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