Roads Led to Boardwalk for SAAW Concert


In the throes and joys of the long-weekend, was a Saturday kicker! The South African Music Award Winners Concert, hosted at the Boardwalk’s International Conference Centre was a first which aimed to unite music lovers. The line up had rapper Kwesta, acappella trio The Soil and Afro-pop star Vusi Nova; opened by Zimsto Eroofini.

Local force Zimsto put fire under our seats with singing “kawenze uhambe…uqoqoshe” her voice filled with emotion with every determined word, edging the suitor in song to leave already! She urged the masses to dance (“uba awukwazi jaiva ngentliziyo nentloko!”) and walked her talk on stage and off it too.

KWESTA | Picture: Siphosethu Jim

Platinum rapper Kwestar DaKar hit the masses with Istuff sayzolo like many attendees hoped he would. It was a Saturday after all! The energy led to the front of the stage and of course no one could stop taking selfies and dancing with DaKar. The Spirit rapper and his band really jammed out with the crowd, bringing through a lively atmosphere.

How rapturous do you think it was at the ICC when Somgaga came in like a flame? The much loved actor, choreographer got people shifting shoulders to be just within reach of the man as he allowed the audience to share a drink with him, bringing in the next act!

SOMIZI | Picture: Siphosethu Jim

The Soil led us in by the ‘Ezandleni Zabantu Abamnyama’ song, as if in prayer for the night.

This performance hit home but more so when the trio announced dedicating Unspoken Words to industry friends who have passed away on the night. We now know them as actor and presenter Akhumzi Jezile, singer Siyasanga Kobese and actor Tobani Mseleni. The three along with two unnamed people were part of a car crash on the N6 between Queenstown and Jamestown. “We would like to dedicate this song to our industry friends,” announced Buhle. The mood, still powerful, changed to sombre. The Soil vocalist Buhle could not hold back her tears while performing heart-wrenching sounds.

THE SOIL w/ Asanda Mqiki | Picture: Siphosethu Jim

At this point the International Convention Centre was a blast as The Soil ended it off on a spiritual note, hemmed by the masses’ voices as well.

VUSI NOVA | Picture: Siphosethu Jim

Nelson Mandela Bay-born Vusi Nova dazzled the crowd and truly moved and held the passion in the venue. Whether it’s your aunty or uncle, your young bro’ or sister, everyone feels Nova. The ‘Best Afro Pop Album’ SAMA winner gave the audience what it wanted, straight up vocals and dynamism on stage. He performed his and Nathi’s much loved Nomakanjani and it was the anchor of his awesome set. The event was organised by the National Lottery Fund in associated with Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism honouring local talents and South Africa’s winners.


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