High and lows of a fab party year

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE - THERESE OWEN

WE BLINKED and 2011 was all but over. This year was a non-stop party from be­gin­ning to end with stun­ning events in many cor­ners of our beau­ti­ful coun­try. Here are my highs and lows for the year.

Mshoza. Like, what the hell are you think­ing, chicky? Apartheid’s over and it is now cool to be black.

The MTN SA Mu­sic Awards (Sa­mas), which were moved from Sun City to a tent in Mon­te­casino. Many of the big­wigs and nom­i­nated artists were de­nied ac­cess to the tent and me­dia part­ner SABC1 was forced to en­ter­tain clients in a restau­rant and watch the Sa­mas on TV as op­posed to the live ex­pe­ri­ence. The stage was too wide, so we had to crane our necks, and the af­ter-par­ties at the dif­fer­ent venues were down­right dull – ex­cept for the Kalawa party, which was great fun.

The Metro FM Awards in Mbombela (Nel­spruit). Although the show was a tad long, it was tight and imag­i­na­tive. The awards were given to the right artists and Spikiri win­ning a Life­time Achieve­ment Award was the cherry on top. Plus, Mbombela’s sur­rounds are very beau­ti­ful.

The MTV Base tent at the Dur­ban July rocked. It was a black and white dome that in­cluded a chill gar­den, cool bars, end­less food and great en­ter­tain­ment by SA mu­si­cians. The stage was move­able and folded out into a dance floor when the DJS played. All the coolest peo­ple in the mu­sic in­dus­try were on the guest list, in­clud­ing AKA, who is my favourite mu­si­cian to hang with at par­ties.

Winch­ester Man­sions in Sea Point re­launched its four-star ho­tel sta­tus and re­vamp with exclusive tours of the ho­tel. The tour in­cluded in­dus­trial the­atre and in­stal­la­tions which added to the fun.

Kenny Kunene wins the most ir­ri­tat­ing per­son of 2011 award hands down. His queen num­ber at the Feather Awards was un­bear­able. He was sur­rounded by cam­eras and lights, and had a lit­tle drag queen run­ning around like his own praise singer. Then there was the silly pink tra­di­tional In­dian out­fit.

Cindy Nell be­came a mother for the first time re­cently. But she has bounced back with an even bet­ter fig­ure than be­fore. She is glow­ing with hap­pi­ness.

This is a tie be­tween Pabi Moloi win­ning the over­all SA Style Awards and Spikiri win­ning the Life­time Achieve­ment Award at the Met­ros. Pabi was gen­uinely sur­prised and Spikiri was so sweet in his lit­tle kwaito way. They are de­served win­ners.

Shugas­makx is funny, car­ing, af­fec­tion­ate and gen­uinely has a good time at an event.

Any­one dressed by Gert-jo­han Coet­zee. He is thriv­ing creatively with de­signs that un­der­stand and en­hance the beauty of his clients, from Bo­nang to Cindy Nell.

Chan­nel O’s Di­neo pre­sented the sta­tion’s an­nual awards. But at some stage she thought it was a great idea to wear a pink shiny slacks suit that gath­ered around her crotch area in a most dis­turb­ing way. Oddly enough, it was de­signed by Gert-jo­han.

A three-way tie be­tween Bo­nang and the YFM Twinz. Bo­nang has her own cloth­ing range, a tele­vi­sion show, a ra­dio show, a huge Twit­ter fol­low­ing, is a con­stant tweeter, has her own in­ter­net re­al­ity show and is seen at all the right par­ties with all the right peo­ple on all the right so­cial pages. The YFM Twinz are also the dar­lings of the magazines, have their own re­al­ity show about noth­ing à la The Kar­dashi­ans, their own ra­dio show, their own...

PEO­PLE IN THE NEWS: Joburg busi­ness­man Kenny Kunene cel­e­brates his 40th birth­day in style at his club ZAR in Sand­ton. Left: Pabi Maloi won the over­all SA Style Awards.

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