Wealth of stars for Sama gala

Andile Ndlovu

HOT favourite Toya Delazy is not only a shoo-in to pick up at least one SA Music Awards (Samas) come May 11, but she is set to lead a slew of performers on the night.

The Love Is In The Air pop star, nominated for Record of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Best Pop Album, among others, is one of 120 individual performers on a bulky list of stars set to entertain on the night.

Producers revealed yesterday that sultry ChianoSky, up for a few awards including Female Artist of the Year and Best Pop Album, and Donald Moatshe, who was surprisingly nominated just once – in the Record of the Year category for I Deserve – are also set to perform at the Sun City Superbowl.

Afro soul stars Lira, Zonke and Kabomo, rappers Reason and Proverb, rock band Desmond & the Tutus, four-time nominees The Muffinz, DJs Zinhle and Vetkuk & Mahoota, and Best Traditional Music Album nominees Dr Thomas Chauke and Zozo and Sangre Superbeat are also all on the bill.

The awards’ chief executive director, Nhlanhla Sibisi, promised “legendary performances from past and prospective Sama winners”.

 The rest of the performers are set to be announced closer to the awards weekend.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on SABC1 from 8.30pm, and a source also revealed at the weekend that producers were sticking to last year’s formula of using various hosts, instead of one or two.

TV presenters and acting duo Boitumelo “Boity” Thulo and Akhumzi Jezile, however, have been picked for the backstage presenting duties.

Organisers revealed last week that VIPs and winners would walk away with goodie bags worth R18000 each. Some of the items contained include Ray-Ban sunglasses, Le Coq Sportif footwear, Azzaro fragrances, Clarins make-up, haircare products from Mizani and Monster DNA headphones.

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