Our night at the MK Awards
March 26, 2013
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I got an invite to attend the MK Awards on Sunday, and took my gorgeous cousin Kiara as my date. Kiara is a budding singer-songwriter and has the most amazing voice, but I’ll leave that for another post (I’m still waiting for her to finally upload a video on YouTube).  In return for her being my date for the night,  she agreed to write me a guest blog on our first music awards ceremony.

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Guest post by Kiara Govender:

Our night at the MK Awards

Having never been to an awards show before, I didn’t know what to expect from the MK awards. Was it going to be boring night of monotonous announcements of awards no one really cared about, or a freak show of people determined to be more outrageous than one another? I hate to say this, but I was pleasantly surprised at how professional and enjoyable the MK awards were.

With only 10 awards being handed out and a thriving list of nominees, there really was no certainty on who would sweep the awards. In a nutshell  awards went to the uber- popular Van Coke Kartel, who won a whopping 3 of the awards. Personally I think they should be barred from being niominated for future MKs so as to give other bands a chance 🙂

Mk Awards

 The prestigious “Best Live act” award went to Black Cat Bones, and the new category best festival award going to the mother of all SA festivals, Oppikoppi. With superb performances by Bittereinder, Iso, Tailor, The Black Cat bones (above) and Van Coke Kartel, the night really was a success.  Personally, my favourite performances were by Tailor and The Black Cat Bones.

Cape Town-based singer Tailor’s unearthly voice shook the theatre as she hit ridiculously high notes. Though her drum beating was a bit suspect, her ethereal stage presence combined with her soul piercing lyrics instantly made me a fan! It was easy to see why The Black Cat Bones won best live act. They totally  rocked out on the stage, their wildly eccentric nature really got the audience going and were a fitting end to the rock show.

With crowd pleasing deliveries by MK presenters Bouwer Bosch and Jaco van der Merwe and the guest presenters  Toya Delazy , Jack Parow, and Shane Durrant (lead singer of Desmond and the Tutus) the award show was of a commendably professional nature. Shane Durrant’s purposeful sarcastic and mocking tone  left the audience in fits of laughter. Definitely my highlight of the show.

Toya de Lazy - love the expression on her face!

Kiara with Toya de Lazy – love the expression on her face!


Jeremy Loops, the non-traditional one-man show who creates music on the spot with a loopdaloop pedal, won the award for Best Solo. This is significant as he as not even released an official album yet! He is definitely someone to watch out for in the future. I was also pretty stoked that Durban-based band Gangs of Ballet won the best newcomer award.

With Van Coke Kartel winning Best Video for their song: Tot Die Son Uitkom, I was highly impressed by the exceptional quality of South African music videos on MK. My personal favourite videos were Wolf by Tailor and The National by The Frown. I really encourage you to check out all the nominees for best videos:

Die Heuwels Fantasties – Verraadplaas
Tailor – Wolf
The Frown- The National
The Parlatones – Honey Spiders
Zebra and Giraffe – I’ll blame you.

The stage set-up was super impressive, with a rising-up-from-under type stage thingy that reminded me of from some big Broadway production. Nice one State Theatre!  Set in the heart of Pretoria, the State Theatre balcony made a great venue for an after-party.  One forgets how cool the State Theatre can be, especially when you meet guys like this…

All in all my night at the MK awards were fun. It was fun getting dressed up as a rock star and  I got to meet some really awesome bands. More importantly the awards made me realize the contribution that MK is making to South African music by exponentially increasing the air time of homegrown music videos.


december streets

 Yes, that’s the Tristan Coetzee of the December Streets 

feeling like a rock star

MzansiGirl being all rock star

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  • Hi,
    I know your blog from Big Blog Exchange. And I really love stories you share here. And, you’re a pretty girl too! ^_^
    My hubby went to South Africa couple years ago, and I can’t help myself not to think about going there too.
    Nice to know you. Cheers from Indonesia. 😀

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