No-shows, mishaps mar pre­lude to Samas

CityPress - - News - NTOMBIZODWA MAKHOBA ntombizodwa@city­press.co.za

We are just shy of six months into 2017, and al­ready the or­gan­is­ers of the SA Mu­sic Awards (Samas) have scooped the Worst Party Ever award. Usu­ally the Sama nom­i­nees’ an­nounce­ment serves as a fit­ting pre­lude to one of the coun­try’s most pres­ti­gious and glitzy events. Not this time. The func­tion was dispir­ited, to the point of suck­ing the ex­cite­ment out of in­vited guests. It took place on Thurs­day evening at Des­tiny Ex­clu­sive Ho­tel’s con­fer­ence cen­tre in Kemp­ton Park in Gaut­eng. Prob­lems sur­faced from the get-go. There were not enough seats for in­vited guests. Why did the or­gan­is­ers not count the num­ber of RSVPs and leave a few ex­tra seats just in case?

As a re­sult, some at­ten­dees had to stand dur­ing the three-hour for­mal pro­ce­dure.

And then the oc­ca­sion was sorely lack­ing in A-list celebri­ties. Per­haps they failed to show up be­cause the venue was at least 40km from Jo­han­nes­burg.

Even the men of the night, rap­pers Nasty C – who notched up six nom­i­na­tions – and Kwesta, close be­hind with five nods, did not pitch.

Spot­ted in the crowd were Candy “Tsa Man­de­bele” Mok­wena, Idols 2013 win­ner Musa Suk­wene and le­gendary singer/song­writer Rob­bie Malinga.

We also bumped into sassy TV pre­sen­ter No­muzi Mabena, who looked glam­orous in her black se­quinned dress.

De­spite the hic­cups, chatty host Anele Mdoda kept the au­di­ence laugh­ing with her jokes, while fab­u­lous per­for­mances from Kabomo, Tre­sor, Em­tee and Mobi Dixon, fea­tur­ing Berita, pro­vided much-needed respite.

The house seemed to catch fire when dee­jay duo Dur­ban’s Finest took to the stage alongside DJ Tira.

Then it was time to eat. Guests queued at food sta­tions which of­fered a choice of fish, chicken, lamb stew, but­ter­nut and rice. The lines were long and the food could have been more in­spir­ing, given the oc­ca­sion.

Hope­fully, the main event, which hap­pens to be the most cov­eted mu­sic awards show in South Africa, will of­fer up the req­ui­site glitz and glam. The 23rd Samas take place on May 26 and 27 at the Sun City Su­perbowl.

PHO­TOS: LUCKY NX­U­MALO

CEL­E­BRAT­ING Rap­per Em­tee and Candy Mok­wena

TAL­ENTED DUO Le­gendary muso Rob­bie Malinga with Musa Suk­wene

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