NOT JUST BEGINNERS LUCK: SAMAs IN DURBAN
Written by: Xolani Shabalala
For the first time after 21 years of the Annual South African Music Awards (SAMA) they were held in Durban, and according to Khaya Dladla popularly known as GC on the television’s Uzalo, “they delivered”.
Since 2011 the eThekwini Municipality has been able to host shows which were previously known as Johannesburg shows, in a successful way according to review sites like Zalebs and Z’khiphani.com. This year was no different. They took a premium Sun City show and made it their own.
The SAMA team came up with a fun packed programme for their attendees. They kicked off the events with SAMA22 goodie bag experience & DFF fashion extravaganza on Thursday at the Durban ICC foyer. A number of Durban’s original brands like Zarth Creations showcased their garments.
On Friday five events were put on the table. In the morning there was the SAMA22 Golf Day where Durban leadership and SAMA leadership enjoyed themselves to a game. Simultaneously SAMA22 Masterclass was taking place at Ezweni Lodge eNanda where people in the music industry were learning in a workshop setting about the industry they are in.
Later, a Jazz evening @ The Chairman took off with a positive response from Nandi Mngoma who thought that the jazz evening was a refreshing idea. Musicians nominated in the Best Jazz category were given a platform to show the reason why they were nominated.
An hour later, the Official SAMA pre-party at Artizan Café was a success. Nomuzi Mabena said she didn’t know that Kwa Mashu could be that fun.
“It’s not even Saturday yet but I am already convinced that the Durban experience will be one of the best experiences of my life,” said Mabena.
At the end of the live show, artists like Kay Sibiya, Luthando Sosha and Nadia Nakai confirmed that the Durban experience was indeed the best and they would not mind having the SAMAs back in Durban again next year.
Picture: The main stage of the SAMAs