Amazing goodie bags for SAMA talent

Emtee FOn-stage presenters and live performers (like Nathi, Emtee (pictured), Kwesta) at the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards (SAMA) will be rewarded for their efforts with complimentary goodie bags crammed with to-die-for R1.6 mill swag.

These include exclusive beauty products to designer shades and sneakers, and from smooth-as-silk Scotch to funky socks and even bra lifts. Each goodie bag will sport a pair of luxurious Ray-Bans – sunglasses that, over the past eight decades, have proved indispensable for cultural icons who don't merely want to be seen... they want to be noticed.

Those shades will certainly come in handy after our lucky goodie bag recipients have tucked into their exclusive gifts from a C-Squared branded tie, bow tie and handkerchief to blended Scotch whisky Chivas Regal, premier wine estate Spier, and fine wine and spirit merchants Norman Goodfellows...

They can freshen up again with Vita Coco - a refreshing, natural cocount water, as well as mugfuls of heavenly, piping-hot coffee courtesy of Album of the Year sponsor Nescafé. The nation's movers and shakers will also be able to tackle the inevitable post-party munchies with lashings of scrumptious Häagen-Dazs – the essence of REAL ice cream – and Steers' trademark flame-grilled burgers.

They'll also score trendy Millé sports gear to look fabulous on and off the field, as well as Converse footwear – the only sneaker defined by those who wear them. Why not pair them with Stance Socks – a product as imaginative and individualistic as their people who wear it, like Will Smith and Rihanna?

In keeping with the music theme, there's a special treat in the bag from Rocka, whose premium headphones and earphones are designed in collaboration with SA's top music icons.

Feeling a bit flabby and saggy? The fitness programmes offered by Body 20 Studio deliver a stronger, fitter you in only 20 minutes per week. Plus, an unusual addition to the goodie bags is a nifty little handbag essential from Best Breast – instant adhesive breast lifts that mean you can kiss your bra goodbye!

Celebs need the ultimate in pampering and grooming products to help them rock all those red carpets, and the bags will be bulging with products and vouchers from the Beauty Factory (luxurious bath and body ranges at an affordable price), Beauty Fix (a recently launched South African skincare brand that the nation's beauty editors are already raving about), Black Opal (cosmetics and skincare products for men and women of colour), Mizani (hairscare and styling products for natural and relaxed hair) and Candi & Co (a hair and beauty salon that wants you to #ownit).

Also helping our stars look sensational are brands such as Lip-Ice (the original lip care product that's been looking after South African lips since before you can remember), Malia Nail Care (which goes beyond nail polish to create a fashionable nail wardrobe), Smile Phela (to help you get that winning smile), SOHO (New York-style beauty and grooming) and Swiitch (a South African online beauty store founded by 15-year-old entrepreneur Rabia Ghoor in 2015).

Lisa Good hoists Mzansi flag in NY

Lisa Good 16Lisa Good hoisted the South African flag high and proudly at the Coast to Coast Live showcase (the 'world's largest artist showcase in the world') and bagged a Top 3 spot at the New York event on Saturday (Sunday morning SA time).

This comes after the Lamontville (KwaZulu-Natal) pop/electronica singer, real name Sandisiwe Lisa Sontonga, impressed the American adjudicators with her earworm of a song and accompanying music video of "Happy World (Haybo)". The music video came out tops at the Coast to Coast Music Video Showcase that was judged by the likes of Steve Sola aka The Mix King (Notorious BIG, Lil Wayne, Nas, JODECI, G-Unit) and Duanne DaRock (Jadakiss, Pit Bull, Camron, Nicki Minaj) in February.

The perky track is currently play listed in the United Kingdom, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and Namibia, and is still to be picked up by major radio station in Mzansi.
With the main goal to break her internationally, her record label, Xhentsa Entertainment, decided to test the international waters after seeing the response from a number of platforms. "We were surprised when the results came positive and she had been selected in the Artist and Video Showcase for this year in New York."

The result: a deserved third spot at the event for her efforts.

Already on the way to back home to share the news with her people, the performer who started singing at only six told before the US trip that although she didn't think she would get selected, "it was an opportunity I couldn't miss. I just took the chance of entering my song for Coast2Coast because I know how big they are in the USA and they help boost artist's careers to a higher level in the music industry."

"Honestly I didn't think I'd get chosen because they are more into hip-hop than the music I make, so imagine my surprise when I got a call from them telling me I'm selected and they are loving my music," said the energetic talent who juggles a lot of dancing, fun and high energy in her act. "I want to make my mark in the industry, and this news was just crazy."

Apart from the online entries, Coast 2 Coast LIVE travels to over 10 US cities every month looking for the Best New Artists. All artists receive scores and written feedback from the guest judges, including ways to improve their songs & performances. By Mandla Motau

Exciting SAMA collaborations on the cards

Emtee Ouparazzi fIt's SAMA week and TV viewers and those lucky enough to be in Durban for the live event can prepare themselves to be dazzled by a constellation of South Africa's leading music and showbiz celebrities at the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards this Saturday, 4 June 2016.

Event organisers RiSA have provided a sneak peek of the performers and guest presenters who will be pushing the entertainment factor to the max on the night – and it's a mouth-watering one.

Look out for exhilarating live performances and collaborations by a cross-section of #SAMA22 nominees. Among the highlights will be a show stopping opening performance, brought to you by SABC1, featuring Grammy Award winning and 3 time SAMA 21 winning flautist Wouter Kellerman alongside rappers Kid X and Da L.E.S.

Audiences should also get ready to for a genre-bending, multi-sensory mash-up that includes artists Petite Noir, The Muffinz and Desmond & the Tutus. Local Durban favourite DJ Bongz will add to the mix with a high-energy performance, while hip-hop leading lights Emtee (pictured) and the "Ngudu" star Kwesta will team up to deliver a slice of sheer entertainment dynamite!

Expect to be blown away by the #SAMA22 nominees' live performances, doing what they love on a night toasting the trailblazers and innovators that are keeping the South African music scene alive, happening and vibrant. There will also be an array of guest presenters adding an extra "wow" factor to the event, drawn from the ranks of South Africa's most popular musicians, celebrities and entertainment personalities.

Your tickets for SA's biggest night are R350 at Computicket for the main show and from R150 for the Public Viewing Area and After-party. Viewers can also tune in to SABC1 from 8pm on the night, or watch the show on in normal view or virtual reality (360 degree) on the official SAMA 22 App available in both the iOS and Google App stores!

Top 10 hits vie for SAMA Record of the Year

BlackCoffeeee14Mzansi masses have voted, and the 10 tracks that will be locking horns to be crowned Amstel Record of the Year at the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards (SAMA) have been announced.

The #AmstelROTY finalists were revealed on SABC1's Live Amp on Friday, 27 May 2016, amid much excitement and anticipation. The 10 were chosen after members of the public were invited to SMS their vote for their favourite hit of the past year, choosing from a shortlist of 20 tracks.

The finalists are: AKA – All Eyes on Me; AKA – Baddest; Prince Kabyee – Better Days; Riky Rick – Boss Zonke; Four7 – J'Adore; Nathi – Nomvula; Emtee – Roll Up; TiMO ODV – Save Me; K.O – Skhanda Love; and Black Coffee (pictured) – We Dance Again.

Rapper extraordinaire AKA ended up with two songs in the top 10, but will that serve to split his vote once the winner is announced? All will be revealed on the night of Saturday, 4 June 2016 – but in the meantime, music lovers can flex their fingers and start texting in support of the South African track they think defined and captured the essence of 2015.

"Amstel is proud to be the sponsor of the Record of the year category which recognizes the best SA talent for the year," says Khaya Dlanga Marketing Manager of Amstel. "As with previous years we are happy to once again provide the Amstel Green Room to give viewers the inside scoop and see the winners at the moment of their celebration. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all the nominees the best of luck."

To vote dial *120*72221# on your phone and follow the menu to select the number of your favourite song and/or artist. The cost is 20 cents per 20 seconds. A maximum of 50 votes per cellphone number per song on the list will be permitted.

The #AmstelROTY will be announced during the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards, which will be celebrating Mzansi's finest sounds at the Durban ICC next Saturday. Tickets are available at Computicket, starting at R350. Viewers can also tune in to SABC1 from 8pm on the night.

Nominated to heat up SAMA stage

AKA point 15The South African Music Awards (SAMA) event night is building up to be a spectacular evening on Saturday, 04th June.

A memorable live entertainment spectacle awaits Mzansi's music lovers when nominees take to the stage to perform the hottest hits of the yester-year at the 22nd annual do on Saturday, 04th June.

The awards are being held for the first time at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Durban International Convention Centre. There are still a limited number of tickets available for the SABC1 SAMA live broadcast (from 7pm) TV show. These are R350 at Computicket.

The artist line-up includes nominated acts such as top seller Nathi, high rollers AKA (pictured), Nasty C, Emtee, Fifi Cooper, Da L.E.S, dance music hitters DJ Ganyani, Prince Kaybee, Big Nuz, DJ Merlon, Revolution, Nakhane Toure, iFani, DJ Fortee, DJ Sliqe and Mobi Dixon, Loki Rothman,Joyous Celebration's Jabu Hlongwane, DreamTeam Dbn, Thee Legacy, Raheem Kemet, Lakota Silva, 24 Skies, Thokozani Langa, Khuzani, Saarkies, The Fraternity, Adriette and Pierre Rossouw.

The audience can also see the awards live on giant screens at the Durban Expo's specially set Public Viewing Area (on Walnut Road between the Durban ICC and the Durban Expo Centre), with pre-sold general tickets going for R150 at Computicket, and R200 at the door. VIP tickets are R350 pre-sold, and R400 at the door for the part of the event starting at 4pm until 2am.

Don't miss this chance to be part of the event that promises to be a live spectacular, rub shoulders with A-listers, witness some monster performances and bear witness to SA music history in the making.

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