We blinked and 2011 was over. Well, actually I blinked and the noughties were over. Anyway, the year was a non- stop party from beginning to end with stunning events in each corner of our beautiful country. Here are my highs and lows for the year.
The Michael Jackson Award
Mshoza. Like, what the hell are you thinking, chicky? Apartheid’s over and it is now cool to be black.
Worst Event of 2011
The MTN Samas. They moved it from Sun City to a tent in Montecasino.
Many of the bigwigs and nominated artists were denied access to the tent and media partner SABC1 was forced to entertain clients in a restaurant and watch it on television, as opposed to the live experience.
The stage was too wide, so we were craning our necks and the after parties at the different venues were just dull. All, except for the Kalawa party, which was great fun.
Event of the Year
The Metro FM Awards held in Nelspruit.
Although the show was a tad long, it was tight and delivered with imagination. The awards were given to the right artists and the fact that they gave Spikiri a lifetime achievement award was the cherry on the top.
Plus Nelspruit’s surrounding areas are so very beautiful.
Best Venue of 2011
The MTV Base tent at the Vodacom Durban July was rocking. It was a black and white dome which included a chill garden, cool bars and endless food and great entertainment by SA musicians. The stage was moveable and folded out into a dancefloor when the DJs played. Plus, it had all the cool people in the music industry on the invitation list.
This included AKA, who is my current favourite musician to hang with at parties.
Most Imaginative Launch
Winchester Mansions in Cape Town’s Sea Point relaunched the venue’s four-star hotel status and revamp with exclusive tours of the hotel. The tour included industrial theatre and installations, which added to the fun.
Irritant of the Year
Without a doubt, Kenny Kunene was the most irritating person of 2011. While I managed to avoid him at most events, his queen number at the Feather Awards was unbearable. He was surrounded by cameras and lights, and had a little drag queen running around like his very own praise singer. Then there was the silly pink traditional Indian outfit. Perhaps it’s time to leap out of the closet, sweetie darling.
Babe of the Year
Cindy Nel became a first-time mother recently. But she has bounced back with an even better figure than before. She is glowing with happiness.
Coolest Moment At An Event
This is a tie between Pabi Moloi winning the overall SA Style Awards and Spikiri winning the lifetime achievement award at the Metros. Pabi was genuinely surprised and Spikiri was just so sweet in his little kwaito way. They are both deserved winners.
Most Fun Person To Hang Out With At An Event
Shugasmakx is funny, caring, affectionate and genuinely has a good time at an event. When I see him entering an event and lurching towards me with his googly eyes behind those glasses and his friendly smile, my heart skips a beat. I know we’re gonna have a great time.
Most Overexposed Celebrity
A three-way win between Bonang and the YFM Twinz. Bonang has her own clothing range, a television show, a radio show, a huge Twitter following, is a constant tweeter, has her own internet reality show and is regularly seen at all the right parties with all the right people in all the right social pages. It must be so exhausting being her right now. The YFM Twinz are also the darlings of the magazines, have their own television reality show about nothing – à la the Kardashians – their own radio show, their own... Thank goodness I am going to Durban for the holidays where their reach isn’t as strong.
Anyone dressed by designer Gert Johan. He is thriving creatively at the moment with designs which understand and enhance the beauty of his clients, from Bonang to Cindy Nel.
Channel O’s Dineo presented that television station’s annual awards.
But at some stage she thought it would be a great idea to wear a pink, shiny slack suit that gathered around her crotch area in a most disturbing way.
Oddly enough, it was designed by Gert Johan. - Saturday Star