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MetroFM Mesmorizes Fans

Posted by radio On September - 18 - 2012

By Thato Mokhou

 

For the working folk, Saturday is the best day of the week.  One gets to sleep in. See friends; do some shopping; have a long, slow coffee. Feel good about life, the universe and, if not everything, at least most things. The MetroFM African Masquerade packaged Saturday, 15 September, into a night of mesmerizing entertainment and hypnotizing song.

 

Three of the country’s most soulful artists, Kabomo, Unathi and Zonke graced the stage of the Mosaiek Teatro in Fairlands in celebration of MetroFM’s 26th birthday.  Themed “African Masquerade”, people from every corner of the country poured into the sophisticated Teatro wearing masks and fashionably dressed.

 

A VIP lounge was prepared for guests to mingle and enjoy an African cuisine before the start of the musical extravaganza.  It was already half full when we arrived with couples occupying most of the couches. The bar was lined up with inviting drinks – of course we helped ourselves to one or two.

 

Sounds of Unathi and Kabomo’s music flowed through speakers as the lounge gradually filled up.  The flamboyant Somizi Mhlongo made a noticeable entrance as he attempted to liven the room saying: “You are all sitting like you’re in a dining room!”

 

He was just one of the media personalities seen at the event. The vivacious Khaya Mbau was seen with her boyfriend, Tebogo Lerole from Kwela Tebza.  Theo Kgosinkwe was also spotted with the current SA Idols’ Top 4.

 

At 7pm, an upbeat house song invited people into the auditorium were magic would soon be ignited. A slight delay had many frustrated while late comers were trickling in, in numbers. Saved by Glen Lewis and VigiLante on the decks, the crowd were moving to the rhythms of old school versus new school between the two DJs.

 

The VIP lounge

 

Entrance to the Mosaiek Teatro

 

DJs Vigilante (left) and Glen Lewis (right)

 

Sibusiso Leope affectionately known as DJ Sbu, host of the event, ramped up the pace as he welcomed a lively audience to the musical fest that saw Kabomo open the stage

Nothende and Kabomo

up for the two soul queens.  Performing songs from his debut album, All Things Grey, he lured ladies to sing to his melodies. Recently signed by Reverbnation, the multi-talented singer and producer is a fiery performer who lays his soul on stage. He had the crowd dancing to hits like Uzobuya and Busisizwe. People went nuts when he called for Nothende to join him in singing the hit song, Colour of You.  He also thoroughly entertained the audience with renditions of songs by the American artist Musique Soul Child and SA’s own Micasa Music.

 

A stellar performance by Kabomo opened up for the incredibly talented Zonke Dikana. Splendour dressed in a feathery blouse and stylish high-waisted pants, Zonke is one of few artists who has the backing of a full band on stage.  Belting perfect notes from her core, she gave a magnificent performance leading the crowd from one song to the next. Her first album, Ina Ethe, has since reached platinum she announced and she had her fans to thank she said.

 

Radio hits such as Feelings and Jik’Izinto were obvious crowd pleasers and her infectious voice could be listened to all night and it certainly had the people asking for an encore straight after her last song. Gracefully she returned and sang her heart out.

 

Zonke Dikana entertains the audience

 

“WOW!” said DJ Sbu to a roaring applause after Zonke’s performance. He stood on stage and scanned the room behind his gold mask and encouraged the crowd to participate in competitions.  MetroFM gave away prizes to its listeners which saw each winner walk away with weekend getaways at some of SA’s top boutique hotels.

 

An elegant Unathi took the stage to close off the evening’s celebrations with self-entitled song Unathi.  She gave a gorgeous performance as she showered on the souls of her audience through heart-rending tracks such as Thembisile and You make me happy. Joined by the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, Unathi wooed the crowd as it waved in unison.  She finished off with her latest hit song Kwa Nolali.

 

Unathi serenades audience accompanied by the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir

 

The MetroFM African Masquerade, an entertaining event, well-organised from spectacular stage effects to soothing music that left fans wanting more.  It formed part of the radio station’s birthday month celebrations themed “Rewind”, which also brought events such as the massive party on September 1 at Sedibeng in Meadowlands, Soweto.

 

In the same vein, the station calls on record labels to submit their best work for the annual MetroFM Music Awards set to take place later this year.  Both the nominees and finalist announcement parties will be hosted and listeners will stand a chance to win tickets to this much sort after event.

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