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Metro FM Music awards ... the beat goes on

Rhodé Marshall

From performances by AKA to Mafikizolo's big win, here are the highlights of this year's Metro FM Music awards.

Mafikizolo. (Gallo)

Mafikizolo won the best group, best African pop album and best produced album awards for Reunited at the Metro FM Music awards in Durban on Saturday evening.

The theme for the 13th annual music awards was "Celebrating 20 Years of Beat", and featured performances by Thebe, who sang Groovers Prayer, and Zola with Unathi Msengana performed Sana Lwami.

The stripped-down stage at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Conference Centre featured some screens and minimal lighting, and there was no live band this year.

Oskido Mdlongwa received a lifetime achievement award and shared the best collaboration and song of the year award with Professor and DJ Bucks for Uhuru’s hit song Y-Tjukuja.

Robbie Malinga won a lifetime achievement award.

Some in the audience felt that hosts' Phat Joe and Pear Thusi jokes fell flat and focussed mainly on Boity and her photograph in the Marie Claire Naked issue.

Phat Joe and fellow rapper AKA then performed a song alongside DreamTeam and Xhosa rapper iFani.

The audience were brought to their feet when Zola with Unathi Msengana, Trompies, Thebe, Mandoza sung a medley of kwaito hits from the early nineties.

Winners

Best African pop album

  • Mafikizolo – Reunited

Best compilation album

  • Euphonik – For the Love of House Vol. 5

Best dance album

  • Heavy K – Respect the Drumboss 2013

Best female artist

  • DJ Cndo – Finest Lady of House Vol. 5

Best produced album

  • Mafikizolo – Reunited

Best duo/group

  • Mafikizolo – Reunited

Best hit single

  • Khuli Chana – Mnatebawen

Best styled artist

  • Vusi Nova

Best urban jazz album

  • Nomfundo – Kusile

Best kwaito Album

  • Character – Self Control

Best male artist

  • Culoe De Song – Exodus

Best newcomer

  • Happy – Ahead of Time

Best R'nB album

  • Danny K – Good Look

Best urban gospel album

  • Takie Ndou – Palmist

Best collaboration

  • Uhuru ft Oskido, Professor, DJ Bucks – Y-Tjukuja

Song of the year

  • Uhuru – Y-Tjukuja

Lifetime achievement awards

  • Robbie Malinga
  • Oskido Mdlongwa

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