Dis­ap­pointed with the SA­MAS

The 24th South African Mu­sic Awards took place last Satur­day. Buhle Mbonambi lists the looks he loved, and those he felt ‘meh’ about

Sunday Tribune - - FASHION -

IWAS very dis­ap­pointed by the re­cent South African Mu­sic Awards. I’ve re­alised that it’s been a few years since I re­ally en­joyed these awards.

This year’s edi­tion was hosted by Somizi Mh­longo, Di­neo Ranaka and Mpho Popps.

On pa­per, it should have worked. Somizi is funny (some­times), Di­neo is not afraid to tell it like it is, while Mpho is a pro­fes­sional co­me­dian. It just didn’t work. There was no chem­istry, the jokes were lame, they over­stayed their wel­come on stage, and they made it all about them, in­stead of the mu­sic.

It wasn’t all bad, but the bad out­weighed the good and that’s al­ways so dis­ap­point­ing, es­pe­cially when so much money had been spent and peo­ple worked hard to try to make the SA­MAS, which are the big­gest awards cer­e­mony in South Africa, a cel­e­bra­tion of mu­sic.

What I did love was how amaz­ing the stage was; the win­ners re­flected what is hap­pen­ing in mu­sic right now, with Shek­inah, Lady Za­mar, Distruc­tion Boyz, Prince Kay­bee, Bu­siswa and Sun El Mu­si­cian and Samthing Soweto win­ning awards.

Rap­per, Rouge, had the best per­for­mance of the night and made sure she left an im­pres­sion on ev­ery­one – that she has ar­rived!

And now, the fash­ion. Where to even start? It seems like our stars refuse to un­der­stand how to dress for the red car­pet and even when they are told to stop wear­ing par­tic­u­lar styles of clothes, they per­sist.

It’s so bor­ing. And also, how is it that our celebri­ties are OK with wear­ing gar­ments that were worn by Miss South Africa con­tes­tants a few days ear­lier?

In the hi­er­ar­chy of celebrity, shouldn’t they be mak­ing the trends and get­ting the gar­ments be­fore beauty pageant girls? Any­way, those that did look good, re­ally made sure they left an im­pres­sion.


These are looks that de­liv­ered. There was noth­ing ground­break­ing, but these stars were well put to­gether, knew where they were go­ing and looked the part.

Nomuzi Mabena Luthando Shosha Tresor

Lady Za­mar

Pearl Mo­di­adie


It’s sad when bad fash­ion hap­pens to good peo­ple. They tried to be edgy, it just didn’t work. Boity, Na­dia and Khanya fell vic­tim to the sheer trend.

Riky Rick thought wear­ing a look from the run­way was edgy (it wasn’t), while Dash and Tira need to start try­ing harder. Nandi dis­ap­pointed – we ex­pect bet­ter from her.

Na­dia Nakai

Riky Rick


Nandi Ma­dida Dash


Khanya Mkangisa

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