E! Beyond the Red Carpet: SAMAs: Q&A with Minnie Dlamini


Minnie Dlamini is one of the biggest celebs in South Africa, and E! Africa has noticed that. So much so they enlisted her and Expresso’s Katlego Maboe to host the E! Beyond the Red Carpet: SAMAs special. Check out my Q&A with Minnie Dlamini below and be sure to watch the special tonight on channel 124 on DStv.

E! Entertainment is the powerhouse of entertainment… You’re a powerhouse yourself. How does being part of this channel in SA feel for you?

It’s awesome being able to expose what I do to the rest of Africa. I look at this as an opportunity to expand not only my personal brand but being a part of the movement that highlights, celebrates and promotes the African Entertainment industry.

– Through a platform like this, what are you hoping viewers will take from such programming?

I’m hoping the viewer will see how far we’ve come as an industry but also realize that there’s more to be done in terms of development.

– Would we ever see a Minnie Dlamini reality show on E! Africa?

I’m not sure, it’s never really been my thing. I honestly don’t think my life is that interesting ūüėā I’d probably go nuts. I love my privacy.

– Three red carpet tips you have for your fellow celebs, friends, followers and fans?

Start with the dress, the rest falls into place. Plan every detail hair, makeup, shoes and accessories. Lastly it’s not easy walking the carpet to be scrutinized (and people can be mean) so make sure YOU are happy with what you look like. Then the rest doesn’t matter.

– Working with the likes of Katlego Maboe on a project like this was….

Katlego and I always find each other ūüėā we work together quite often and it’s always such a great reunion. I love his genuine drive and passion it’s very rare to work with someone who is not self-consumed and OUR main goal is to make a great production where we both shine in our own ways.

– What else doing Miss Minnie have on the go?

A few new hats, but all will be revealed in due course.

E! Beyond the Red Carpet: SAMAs premiering on June 7 at 8pm CAT

Some #SAMA22 highlights – weird, wonderful and everything in between

Did you miss the South African Music Awards last night? You really did miss out. There were highs and lows, and lots of WTF moments, but for the most part, they were great. I streamed the whole show live on my Mac, and let me tell you, it was flawless. One or two slight interuptions were to be expected, but other than that, it was as good as watching on TV. So what else went down? Well besides Nathi and Emtee cleaning up at the awards, here’s what else you missed:

Arthur Mofokate and his fellow presenters (Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry and a rep from Ukhozi FM). Each of the three clearly wanted their time in the spotlight. Arthur felt the need to make some, quite frankly, really silly statements about his bosses and who he worked for. He clearly knows where his bread is buttered, but after making these statement twice, he backtracked and decided to but a disclaimer out there, just in case anyone misinterpreted him. There’s controversial and then there are time when you should just not say anything. Arthur falls into the latter.

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Black Coffee won multiple awards, and while he is busy performing on the world stage, his mum came up to accept on his behalf. At one point in the night, someone else joined mom Coffee on stage, claiming to be ‚ÄúBlack Tea‚ÄĚ. A lot of us were like, huh? What? Did he just, what? Hmmmm.

The ‚ÄúMahatma¬†Gandhi of broadcasting‚ÄĚ, the ‚ÄúOliver Tambo of entertainment‚ÄĚ as Tbo Touch refers to him as, Hlaudi Motsoeneng takes the most random award of the night. He likes to talk and he clearly likes to deviate from his intended speech too. He veered off in a direction that left most viewers and social media fans scratching their heads. He kept referring and appealing to the Indian community to make more music. Some thought it was because of the big Indian community in Durban, while others just had no clue. I believe it was on the back of his decision to introduce the 90% local music quota on all SABC radio stations. A station like Lotus FM targets an Indian base, but there aren‚Äôt as many Indian singer/ songwriters in SA who are producing music, and as a result they‚Äôre struggling to meet the quota that aligns with their target market. I think that‚Äôs what he was getting at, but I could be wrong. Maybe I too missed the boat, but he should clarify what he meant.

The guys from Desmond and the Tutus had a lot of people asking the question if they were enibriated because of their acceptance speech. I think they‚Äôre just quirky and that coupled with nerves and shock of winning, their moment on stage may have come across pretty differently to what a ‚Äėnormal‚Äô speech at an awards ceremony is like.

Somizi and Thando Thabethe did a fantastic job. When they switched to vernac, I got a little lost, but I could pick up the gist of what they were saying. Somizi is a laugh a minute and Thando is everything. She‚Äôs smart, talented. She looked beautiful and I honestly think her future in this business is bright. Watch out for her! I think the duo worked really well too. We needed a good presenting duo, it has been lacking for some time now. So to the SAMA organisers, you did good there ūüôā I think the green room mechanics need to be revisited though. Khanyi is great on camera, as is Phat Joe, but I didn’t feel the two of them together. The¬†green room seemed empty a lot of the time too. So it served no purpose in my opinion.

Nathi SAMA22The production itself was fantastic. The stage, the effects, the camera work… It all just worked so well. Performances by Nathi and Karlien van Jaarsveld were great, but a few of the other collaborations left a lot to be desired. Some of the nominees (winners) need to work on their vocals when it comes to live performances. Maybe they didn’t rehearse enough? Who performed the best for you?

The one thing I felt that was missing was a bit of ‚Äėgees‚Äô. The Grammys are known as music‚Äôs big night in the US. The SAMAs should be be the same for us. I don‚Äôt feel like there was nearly enough of that though. Something was missing and I‚Äôm still trying to figure out what it is, but if you agree with me, maybe you‚Äôll know what that missing ingredient was?

Next year I really hope I can return to reporting from the actual venue. Hopefully budgets will extend to a broader base of media being offered accommodation and transport, as opposed to a very long bus trip there and back.

#SAMA22 – Sizzling stars on the red carpet

These were my favourite looks on the #SAMA22 red carpet

Missed the show? Watch it here. A full list of this year’s winners will be updated shortly.

And the 2016 SAMA nominees are


SA’s big night in music is approaching, and this year it’ll be staged in sunny city of Durban. Easily one of my favourite events in the social calendar, the SAMAs give credit to and honour the best of the best in the South African music industry. Wanting to know who all the nominees are? Check out the full list below:

Album of the Year
Francois van Coke                       Francois van Coke
Emtee                                          Avery
Nathi                                              Buyelekhaya
Tresor                                           VII
Black Coffee                                Pieces of Me

Duo or Group of the Year
Desmond & the Tutus                   Enjoy Yourself
Witness the Funk                          Finding Nomusa
Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR              One Night in the Sun
Jazz Orchestra
Junior Taurus &                            Cotton Candy
Lady Zamar
Big Nuz                                        For the Fans

Female Artist of the Year
Judith Sephuma                           One Word
Zahara                                          Country Girl
Fifi Cooper                                    20Fifi
Karen Zoid                                    Drown Out the Noise
Zonke                                           Work of Heart

Male Artist of the Year  
Nathi                                             Buyelekhaya
Black Coffee                                Pieces of Me
Riky Rick                                     Family Values
Emtee                                          Avery
Francois van Coke                        Francois van Coke

Newcomer of the Year
Riky Rick                                      Family Values
Emtee                                            Avery
Tresor                                            VII
Fifi Cooper                                    20Fifi
Nathi                                             Buyelekhaya

Best Rock Album     
Desmond & the Tutus                   Enjoy Yourself
Francois van Coke                        Francois van Coke
Shortstraw                                    Youthless
Karen Zoid                                    Drown Out the Noise
Saarkie                                         Reisiger

Best Pop Album 
Tresor                                           VII
Lakota Silva                                  Pop: The Mix Tape
Loki Rothman                                The Way Back
Can Skylark                                  Overdrive
Vincent Bones                              Shaded Soul

Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans)   
Karlien van Jaarsveld                   My Hartjie
Brendan Peyper                           Stop, Wag, Bly Nog ’n Bietjie
Vaughan Gardiner                        Sit Vanaand op Herhaal
Pierre Rossouw                           In my Bloed
Suzanne                                       Vuurbestand

Best Adult Contemporary Album   
Judith Sephuma                            One Word
Watershed                                    Watch the Rain
Karen Zoid & Various                   Republiek van Zoid Afrika Vol. 2
Kahn                                             Salt
Josie Field & Laurie Levine          Tigerlily

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album 
Elvis Blue                                     Êrens in die Middel van Nêrens
Andri√ętte¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† P√™rel vir ‚Äôn Kroon
Neil Somers                                 Hierdie Hande
Bok van Blerk                               Sing Afrikaner Sing
Stiaan Reynierse                          Sonde

Best African Adult Album  
Dizu Plaatjies & Friends ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ubuntu ‚Äď The Common String
Kabomo                                       Sekusile
Thiwe                                           Soul Therapy
L’wei Netshivhale                         Mudzimu washu
Jessica Mbangeni ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Busisiwe ‚Äď Tribute to the African¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Heroines

Best Alternative Album 
Petite Noir                                     La Vie Est Belle/Life is Beautiful
Sannie Fox                                    Serpente Masjien
The Plastics                                  In Threes
Moonchild Sanelly                        Rabulapha!
Die Heuwels Fantasties                Ja. Nee. Lekker (Deluxe)

Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
Nathi                                              Buyelekhaya
Zonke                                            Work of Heart
Olwethu                                         Imbewu
Zahara                                           Country Girl
The Muffinz                                   Do What You Love

Best Rap Album 
Emtee                                            Avery
Kid X                                             3 Quarter Pace
Da L.E.S                                      North God
Riky Rick                                       Family Values
Zakwe                                           Impande

Best Kwaito Album  
Big Nuz                                        For the Fans
Dbn Nyts                                       Believe
Kabelo Mabalane                          Immortal Vol. 3
Dj Bongz                                      Game Changer
Mzansi                                           North Coast Vibe

Best Dance Album 
Black Coffee                                 Pieces of Me
Mi Casa                                        Home Sweet Home
Mobi Dixon                                    Tribal Soul Special Edition
DJ Merlon                                     Original Copy
Junior Taurus & Lady Zamar        Cotton Candy

Best Traditional Faith Music Album
TYGC Family                               The Journey Begins
Worship House                             Project 12 Praise Live
Worship House                            True Worship 2015
Dumi Mkokstad                             Ukhona Uthixo
Women in Praise                         Various Artists

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album 
Ntokozo Mbambo                     Spirit and Life
Mark Counihan                             To the Brave Ones
Mahalia Buchanan                        Redeemed to Worship
24 Skies                                       Endless Anthem
Benjamin Dube                             Sanctified in His Presence

Best Maskandi Album
Imithente                                       Ichakijana
Thokozani Langa                         Khuzeka Mshana
Shwi no Mtekhala                         Bazali Bami
Buselaphi                                     Gabi Gabi
Phuzekhemisi                              Woze Durban

Best Jazz Album
Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR
Jazz Orchestra                             One Night in the Sun
Nduduzo Makhathini                     Listening to the Ground
Benjamin Jephta Quintet             Homecoming
Amandla Freedom Ensemble        Bhekisiwe
Bokani Dyer                                  World Music

Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album
Wouter Kellerman                        Love Language
Guy Buttery                                   Guy Buttery
Deep South                                  Heartland
Cape Consort                                Christoph & Sebastian
KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic        Mintirho ya SJ Khosa

Best Live Audiovisual Recording
Jimmy Dludlu                                Live at Emperors Palace
Krone                                            Krone 2
Ntokozo Mbambo                         Spirit and Life
Neyi & Omega                              Friends in Praise
Benjamin Dube                             Sanctified in His Presence

Best Collaboration
Dbn Nyts ft. Zinhle Ngidi              Shumaya
& Trademark
Shekinah x Kyle Deutsch             Back to the Beach
AKA ft. Redsan, Burna                 All Eyes on Me
Boy & Stoneboy
Major League DJz ft.                    Sylza Tsotsi
Cassper Nyovest,
Okmalumkoolkat, Riky
Rick & Carpo                                       
Khuli Chana ft.                              No Lie

Best Music Video of the Year
Jack Parow & Freshly Ground     Army of One
Riky Rick ft. Cassper                    Fuseg
Nyovest & Anatii
Al Bairre & PH Fat                       Caviar Dreams
iFani                                             Ayadelela
Monark                                         Negatives Deluxe

Best Produced Album of the Year
Zahara                                          Country Girl
Mi Casa                                         Home Sweet Home
Sannie Fox                                   Serpente Masjien
Mark Counihan                             To the Brave Ones
Zonke                                           Work of Heart

Best Engineered Album of the Year
Black Coffee                                Pieces of Me
Brendan Peyper                          Stop, Wag, Bly Nog ’n Bietjie
Zonke                                            Work of Heart
Mi Casa                                         Home Sweet Home
Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR           One Night in the Sun
Jazz Orchestra

Best Remix of the Year
DJ Sliqe                                         Do Like I Do Remix
AKA                                                 Baddest Remix
Mobi Dixon                                    My Sugar
Mobi Dixon                                    Never Let Me Go Remix
The Fraternity                               Bheka Mina Ngedwa Amplified

Category winners to be announced at the awards ceremony:

International and Lifetime Achievement Awards

·         Best Selling Album
·         Best Selling DVD
·         Best Selling Mobile Music Download
·         Best Selling True-Tone
·         Best Selling Ring-Back Tone
·         Best Selling Full-Track Download

·         Highest Airplay of the Year