Last night the capital city was abuzz with a lot of chatter about the 2012 MK Awards (especially on the #MKAwards hashtag on Twitter). I had the privilege to be on the guest list for the Award Ceremony this year. @BaasDeBeer @StephanieJMPta and @Sarinatjie arrived at the State Theatre (which is located in Pretoria Central) just after 6 PM. After getting our tickets for the ceremony, we made our way to the bar (which was giving out copious amounts of Free Red Heart Rum).
To list every single person that we bumped into on the night would be impossible – almost every person that contributes to the SA Music scene in some or other way was there – and endless list of artists, bloggers, photographers, radio personalities, TV personalities, journalists, producers, etc. It was especially good to see my good Twitter friend @texxonfire (who had made the trip all the way from Cape Town for the event).
After gobbling down a few Red Hearts and bumping into almost every person involved in the Pretoria music scene we made our way into the auditorium for the MK Awards ceremony at about 8:30 PM. The main host for the ceremony was Afrikaans rapper Jack Parow. During the course of the night the Pretoria crowd were treated to performances by Double Adapter, Goodluck (featuring Tamara Dey from Flash Republic), Moses Metroman, Van Coke Kartel (which also featured Zebra and Giraffe), Bittereinder, Mr Cat and The Jackal, Die Heuwels Fantasties (featuring Inge Beckman from Lark) and Jack Parow (featuring Gazelle).
It was awesome experiencing quirks from all the co-presenters for the awards (like Natalie Roos, Jean Jordaan, Elma Smit, Jon Savage, Arno Carstens, Francois van Coke, etc). The funniest quirk on stage came from Tumi Molekane (who made a joke him thinking that MK was a reference to Umkhonto we Sizwe when he first heard about it).
There were a few surprises in this year’s MK Awards. This is a list of the 2012 MK Awards Winners:
- Best Video: Locnville – Stars Above You. Directed by Tristan Holmes
- Best Newcomer: Moses Metro Man – Huigelaar
- Best Group: Van Coke Kartel – Ondier Kom
- Best International Hit: Adele – Rolling In The Deep
- Best SFX: Mr Cat and The Jackal – Bad Man He Comin’
- Best Dance: Jax Panik – Get Up
- Best Rock: Van Coke Kartel – Vir Almal
- Best Indie: Dance You’re On Fire – Boxes Of Tigers
- Best Hipster: Jack Parow – Byellville
- Best Radio Hit: MFM – Jax Panik / Dinosaur
- Best Live Act: Van Coke Kartel
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners in this year’s MK Awards. I have to be honest though, I’m not a huge fan of Locnville, but their video was worthy of the Best Video Award. I’m a bit sad that Tuks FM didn’t walk away with the Best Radio Hit Award (but I also realize that Jax Panik had pushed for votes on Twitter and Facebook in the last 3 days of voting and secured the award for MFM).
I’m also surprised that Shadowclub didn’t win any awards. I’m particularly glad that Van Coke Kartel walked away with 3 Awards (and a brand new Hyundai van) on the evening – they are one of the most hard-working acts in South Africa. I’m also glad that Dance You’re On Fire finally got the recommendation they deserve. I’m sure we’re going to see awesome things from these okes in the future.
You can basically say that I have a bit of mixed emotions for the winners list of the 2012 MK Awards, so let’s leave it at that. Nonetheless, it was an awesome experience. It’s hard to believe that I watched this ceremony on television in 2010 and now I actually attended it. I want to take this opportunity to thank Gabbi Brondani and all the organizers of the MK Awards for the invite to attend this event this year. I hope I’ll see you again in 2013.
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