THE 20th SA Music Awards, to be staged next week, will feature an impressive slate of performers – but it is becoming apparent they will be dancier than last year’s lineup.
First-time Sama nominees – including rapper iFani, Naima Kay and Durban rock outfit Gangs of Ballet – will perform at the televised ceremony, to be held at Sun City’s Superbowl on Monday.
Last year’s bill included soulful performers Zonke, Kabomo, Lira, and The Muffinz, while Donald, Toya Delazy, ChianoSky, Reason, Proverb, Desmond and the Tutus, Vetkuk and Mahoota, DJ Zinhle, Zozo and Sangre Superbeat, also hit the stage.
This time, six-time nominated Mafikizolo will be performing. The duo are on a hot comeback trail and are tipped to win a few gongs.
Also expect DJ Kent, nominated five times, to collaborate with Danny K and Heavy K featuring Mpumi. Three-time nominated house music group Uhuru – which consists of members Maporisa, DJ Clap, Xelimpilo and Mapiano – should create a buzz with their smash Y-tjukutja.
The only musicians already declared winners are Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Phuzekhemisi, who will be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Other musicians tipped to do some presenting work at some stage during the night include Vusi Nova, Lulo Café, Khan Morbee of The Parlotones, and veterans Jabu Hlongwane, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Selaelo Selota.
The show will be aired from 8.30pm on SABC 1.
Pearl Modiadie is also expected to host the non-televised section of the night, while Live Amp presenter Luthando “Lootlove” Shosha and rapper Reason will host the red-carpet VIP segment. – Andile Ndlovu