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Artists and media from across the country made their way to Monte Casino in Johannesburg where the 17th Annual South African Music Award nominees were announced. Click here for the list of nominees.

I got to the event much earlier and spotted most of the nominated artists on the yellow carpet. The event that was scheduled to start at 7pm was running late by 2 hours and only started at 9pm. I wasn’t really bothered by the lateness of the event as guests were treated to free food and drink in the bar lounge while they waited.

If only people could learn to come early to events and respect time, we wouldn’t have had to wait for so long. The cue outside the venue was ridiculous at one point, they juts kept coming…anyway back to the yellow carpet.

Allow me to apologise for the quality of some pics, I blame my camera…

Former Miss Teen South Africa Zizo Beda was there with her Selimathunzi crew looking uber fab in this cute dress.

Artists Louis Carver and Zulu Boy didn’t mind striking a pose for me… (love their colaboration)

Flash Republic’s Tamara Dey was also there…she says she styled herself

Ryzor (DJ & producer), one half of nominated duo Liquideep was such a pleasure to meet

My girl Nothende looked uber gorgeous in this purple little number…congrats for the nomination girl

Ishmael from Jozi was also there (again I apologise for the bad quality of pics…)

Jaziel Brothers must be happy with their nomination…

Live’s Minnie was there with the Live crew working…loved the dress

Artist Malik was so happy to see me (explains the tight hug, lol) love his music

Speedy also attended the event and opted to leave his towel at home for the night. I have nothing against him, but truth be told he has a dirty mouth in public. I was very annoyed when he kept shouting “F* the haters” when he and Stoan got nominated and worse he was standing right behind me (artists please behave)

The ever so humble DJ Black Coffee also nominated was there and played a killer set…1 word from me #RESPECT

Da Les from Jozi along with Ishmael gave a great performance…I understand why they are where they are today. Loved their news jams… 

Miza was there…(such a great guy to chat with)

The Vandal DJ Sbu was their rocking his Vandal T

Durban boy Zakes Bantwini also showed up…congrats on the nominations

Spotted DJ Cleo doing interviews…

Theo Kgosinkwe deserved the nomination…well done and all the best

Nominated group Future Sound

Phuti Khomo looked lovely…

Haven’t seen Brown Dash out and about in a while…we waiting for the comeback tu bhuti

Ah man…now here’s a legend in South African music Mandoza. Congrats on the nomination, nice comeback…

That’s it from the yellow carpet, had a great time :-), thanks for the hospitaliy. From here all roads lead to the SAMA ceremony to be held on May 2oth/21st.

I can’t wait to see who will be dressed in what by who, walking the yellow carpet with who and most importantly, who walks away with the most awards (my money is on Professor).

From your girl Allegro Dinkwanyane- “I’m just saying”, so have your say…


Are you ready for the 2011 South African Music Awards?


I’m a passionate writer, who enjoys writing and informing people as well as learning new things. I love sports, the arts and music. I am a sports presenter of UJfm 95.4 as well as other things. Simply put, I am a dynamic young lady who wants to bring about chnage and have an impact in both the media industry and in people’s lives.

Allegro – who has written posts on Farai Today.

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  • Duduzile

    lol wonder how brown dash got an invite. Dj cleo looks way too yummy

  • Portia Badela

    I like, I like, nice pics hey!!! 

  • Portia Badela

    I like, I like, nice pics hey!!! 

  • Mmabatho Maremane

    hey i like your pictures thanks