Metro Awards celebrate success, style

outh Africa’s music stars were honoured at the annual Metro FM Music Awards at the Durban ICC on Saturday night.

The event was staged in Durban for the third year in a row and co-hosted by media personalities Tbo Touch and Durban’s own Minnie Dlamini.

It was a night to remember for those who had made a significant contribution to the industry over the past year.

North West rapper Cassper Nyovest walked away with three of the biggest awards – best hip hop, male singer and hit single – which underpinned his reign as the prince of hip hop in the country.

Popular rapper AKA won two – for best collaboration with All Eyes On Me and best remix with Durban rapper Duncan’s hit Tsiki Tsiki Remix.

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Those victories proved last year was a big one for hip hop, which had finally become a force to be reckoned.

A cappella group The Soil won two awards for their latest album, Nostalgic Moments. KZN’s Naima Kay won the best female category, while former Idols winner Lloyd Cele won for the award for best rhythm and blues.

Performers included AKA, KO, Cassper Nyovest, DJ Clock, Beatenberg, HHP, DJ Merlon and Busiswa, who all set the stage alight, bringing the audience to their feet.

World-famous Mahotella Queens received a lifetime achievement award and took to the stage to perform with kwaito legend Oskido. Tsepo Tsola also got a lifetime achievement award.

There was an emotional moment when the late Metro FM presenter Eddie Zondi was honoured by his colleagues last night. His widow, Phakamile, and their children received the special remembrance award.

Fashion at the Metro FM Music Awards black carpet impressed. Bonang Matheba proved her style icon status with a stunning Gert Johan Coetzee creation.

Dlamini also delivered in the style stakes, wearing Michael Costello, who dressed Beyoncé at the Grammy Awards last year.

Others who impressed were Isidingo actress Michaella Russell in a JJ Schoeman outfit, Pearl Modiadie, who wore a cheeky number by Inga.

Pearl Thusi wore a Gert Johan Coetzee creation, while Khanyi Mbau opted for Pallu and Jeff International.

Many of the men appeared in suits, though with an edge, the best styled artist winner Donald wore Palse Homme.

Cassper Nyovest wore his own creation, an elaborate Eastern-inspired coat and pants.

Newcomer Kay Sibiya, wore CSquared, while Tbo Touch wore black and white Ombre Dashiki and matching pants and was heard telling everybody he was the best dressed.

The after-party took place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium People’s Park, where those who hadn’t secured tickets to the event at the ICC watched on the big screens and were able to get into the after-party, where many DJs, including Durban’s DJ Tira, performed for the crowds until the early hours.

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