2017 Simon Mabhunu Sabela Awards winners announced

2017 Simon Mabhunu Sabela Awards

Hard work does pay off.  After months of hard work by the judges, going through just over 100 entries from the industry, the Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela Film and Television Awards winners were announced last night Saturday 15 July, during the 5TH Annual Simon Sabela Film Television Awards, a glamorous event held at The Playhouse in Durban.

The awards were attended by the crème de la crème of the film and television industry including celebrities and representatives from the African continent such as Kenya and Nigeria, as well government officials from other provinces.

Winner of Best Actress 2017 at the Simon Sabela Awards … I'm in TEARS! So overwhelmed!!! 😭😭😭😭❤️

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“We would like to congratulate the 2017 winners of the prestigious Simon Sabela awards. The Sabela’s continue to grow from strength to strength, an indication that the KZN film industry is moving in the right direction.  The amount of support from our partners has been phenomenal, in addition the newly formed partnership with LUX, will go a long way in ensuring that women filmmakers get motivated to excel in their craft. Once again, congratulations to all the winners, we look forward to another exciting instalment in 2018 where the stakes will be even higher, especially in categories such as best use of KZN as a location as we have seen a lot of funded productions coming out on circuit in 2017.”says CEO Carol Coetzee.

The following emerged as winners in 2017

Best Emerging Director  Kundai Vera Stranger Danger
Best Actress – TV  Nomzamo Mbatha Isibaya
Best Actor – TV Siyabonga Thwala        Isibaya
Best Supporting Actress – TV Gcina Mkhize Isibaya
Best Supporting Actor – TV Andile Mxakaza Isibaya
Best Newcomer   Linda Mtoba Isibaya
Best Student Film  Amandiya
Best Documentary Feature  The Scar of Seven Day War
Best Documentary short  Durban Beach Rescue
Best use of KZN as a location Inkinga Isibongo
Best IsiZulu Film Buchitheke Bugayiwe
Best Screenplay Umfelokazi
Best Microbudget Film Ikhaya Lami
Best Feature Film Happiness is a Four-letter Word
Best Newcomer Actress (Film) Ayanda Mngoma   Imbali ka Baba
Lifetime Achiever Mikhail Peppers

The Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela Film and Television Awards are an initiative of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs and are implemented by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission.

About KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is a provincial state entity, under the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa established in terms of the KwaZulu-Natal Commission Act, 2010 (Act No 3 of 2010). Its mandate is to facilitate support throughout the value chain to the local and international film industry through creating opportunities and also growing the KwaZulu-Natal film industry.

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Du Boiz wins Best Music Video for Dope Dream featuring Tyga at the Metro FM Music Awards

Du Boiz,

Rising talented Hip Hop freshman from Newcastle, Du Boiz, walked away with a coveted Metro FM Music Award (MMA16) in the category Best Music Video for his hit single Dope Dream featuring American Hip Hop sensation Tyga.

The music video for Du Boiz’s Dope Dream was shot in Los Angeles by world renowned music director Matt Alonso, and his win this past Saturday at MMA16 at the Durban ICC was highly deserved.

Watch Du Boiz’s Dope Dream music video here: 

Du Boiz’s Metro FM Music Award (MMA16) Best Music Video nomination was the freshman’s first MMA nomination and now win. Du Boiz’s international collaboration with Tyga took the continent by storm and the recognition by Metro FM and his fans means a lot to him.

Du Boiz and Tyga

“I just had a DOPE DREAM” expresses Du Boiz about his win. He further adds: “I would like to thank Mabala Noise and all my fans who voted for making this DOPE DREAM possible.”

Du Boiz received his first major spotlight after signing to Mabala Noise and releasing his smash hit single titled Celebration early last year, which made it onto numerous radio and TV charts.

Following the hugely successful release of Celebration, Du Boiz returned with another chart topping single Dope Dream which has been play listed on various radio stations across the country.

Although Dope Dream sounds different from his first single, Du Boiz has raised the bar with this single as he shows his diverse music abilities and making inroads across the Hip Hop scene whilst growing his fan base locally.

Making serious waves in the hip hop scene, Du Boiz brings a unique approach to the local hip hop industry and his international appeal will place him in good stead.

With a recent collaboration with South Africa’s Supa Mega, AKA, make sure to follow Du Boiz on social media for news on the music video drop of his latest single, Hallelujah featuring AKA, which will show the country yet again why Du Boiz is the type of artist to get recognition in a category such as Best Music Video.

Connect with Du Boiz:

Facebook: Du Boiz (
Twitter: @DuBoizSA
Instagram: @DuBoizSA


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Mobi Dixon launches new single Ezizweni off his Metro FM Award Winning Album Live The Music

Mobi Dixon

Just off the back of winning Best Dance Album at the 16th annual Metro FM Music Awards which took place in Durban this past Saturday, 25 February 2017; Mobi Dixon releases the latest single off his award winning album Live The Music, titled Ezizweni featuring multi-award winning Afro Soul singer, Berita.

Mobi Dixon’s Ezizweni is now available on all digital platforms to stream and download here:

Ezizweni tells a story of how the power of love can take you places. The emotions drawn from being in the presence of your loved one can figuratively make you feel like you are in places you’ve never been to before.

“I would like people to remember how exciting love can be whether new or old. Making the effort to spend more time with your partner and do exiting things together is major key. Cherish your partner like a treasure and they will literally and figuratively take you places,” expresses Mobi Dixon.

Ezizweni is the third radio single to be released off Mobi Dixon’s Live The Music album and follows his signature tribal soul house sound with beautiful sultry lyrics that will appeal to a broader base of fans around the country.

On collaborating with Berita, Mobi Dixon shares:  “I first met Berita in 2011 when she was a student at the Walter Sisulu University. I immediately fell in love with her voice when I first heard her perform at a poetry session. We spoke of working together in future when the time is right and the Live The Music album was the perfect opportunity. We spent quite a lot time in studio over 3 sessions till we found what we were looking for and Ezizweni was born.”

The Metro FM Music Awards Best Dance Album is a hotly contended category every year and Mobi Dixon’s win this year is testament to the hard work he has put into his music over the years, which has led to the release of his latest album titled Live The Music. Live The Music  includes chart topping singles such as Trigger featuring Inga Hina, Mixed Up Chick featuring Monique Bingham, and the remix to Tresor’s Never Let Me go just to name a few.

“Thank you so much to everyone that voted! Eastern Cape this one’s for you! My family for the continued love and support and everyone who I worked with on the album,” expresses Mobi Dixon about his Metro FM Music Awards Best Dance Album win.

Make sure to follow Mobi Dixon on social media as he embarks on a media tour promoting his new single Ezizweni featuring Berita.

Mobi Dixon’s Live The Music album is available in all good music stores nationwide and on all digital music platforms here:

Connect with Mobi Dixon:

Facebook: Mobi Dixon
Twitter: @Mobi_Dixon
Instagram: @MobiDixon

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Yung Swiss gives stellar performance at the 16th annual Metro FM Music Awards

Yung Swiss

Rising freshman, Yung Swiss, who has been named by the likes of MTV Base Africa as a TOP act to watch out for in 2017, gave a stellar performance this past weekend at the 16th annual Metro FM Music Awards which took place at the Durban ICC on Saturday, 25 February 2017.

Yung Swiss’ performance was part of DJ Speedsta’s Mayo performance set. Yung Swiss, who is responsible for the Mayo hook which subsequently led to the naming of DJ Speedsta’s Mayo track; stole the opening performance segment with his high energy set and audience singing along to the hook.

Yung Swiss’ outfit was also a highly talked about point on social media during and after his performance. His pajama ensemble is characteristic of Yung Swiss’ personality. He is an artist that isn’t afraid to push the boundary and go against the status quo.

“Yung Swiss had a massive breakthrough year in 2016 and Metro FM inviting him to perform in their opening set of their award show speaks volume to their belief that Yung Swiss has what it takes to do justice to a live broadcast award ceremony,” expresses Kyle Brown of Play Ground Productions, to which Yung Swiss is signed.

Yung Swiss’ live televised performance at the 16th annual Metro FM Music Awards comes just off the back of his third radio single released from his highly commended #BottomBabyEP titled Jungle featuring Mr Cashtime K.O.

Stream or download Yung Swiss’ Jungle ft K.O here:

Yung Swiss’ Jungle ft K.O

Jungle is Yung Swiss’s most requested release to date. Make sure to request it on your favourite radio stations and get your hands on Yung Swiss’ #BottomBabyEP here:

Connect with Yung Swiss:

Facebook: Yung Swiss Pgp (
Twitter: @YungSwissPgp
Instagram: @YungSwissPgp

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Brenda Mtambo Launches I Love You Single and Music Video

Brenda Mtambo

Afro Soul singing sensation Brenda Mtambo launches new single I Love You in the month of love with a simultaneous music video premier that is resonating with fans across the country.

Watch I Love You

 “Love, much like Music is a language that speaks to everyone, and my hope for this song is that it restores Love in us, our relationships and amongst us as people,” expresses Brenda Mtambo.

I Love You is the second single to be released from Brenda Mtambo’s highly acclaimed Metro Fm music Award (MMA16) nominated album So Much More (Best Female and Best Urban Jazz) which is produced by Malambule of Native Rhythm Productions.

Brenda Mtambo’s voice is incomparable with any other voice you have ever heard, after listening to I Love You, you will soon find yourself exploring the rest of the album for So Much More.

Brenda Mtambo honed her skills as vocalist in Joyous Celebration choir, the biggest touring gospel ensemble in the country, and from there went on to explore her voice outside of Gospel music. Finding her unique Afro Soul expression as is evident on her self-penned latest album So Much More.

Classified as one of the most powerful voices of her generation, Brenda Mtambo has paid her dues in the industry by singing backing vocals for several musical giants such as Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Judith Sephuma, Lira, Thandiswa Mazwai and Jonas Gwangwa.

To vote for Brenda Mtambo simply dial *120*1512# on your cell phone and follow the instructions.

Brenda Mtambo

Brenda Mtambo

Connect with Brenda Mtambo:

Facebook: Brenda Mtambo (
Twitter: @BrendaMtambo
Instagram: @BrendaMtambo

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AwardsEntertainmentEventMusic to broadcasts the 4th annual SA Hip Hop Awards

SA Hip Hop Awards

TX: THURSDAY, 31 DECEMBER AT 22:50PM will broadcast the fourth annual South Africa Hip Hop Awards on Thursday, 31 December at 22:50 PM.

The star-studded award ceremony, gives respect to Hip Hop artists, dance crews, fashion and brands that have played a significant role in elevating the Hip Hop community. This year’s award ceremony was themed “Africa by Nature”. The awards were hosted by the dynamic duo, J. Boboza and the skhothane Comedian Pule who kept the crowd in stiches with their satirical skits. is proud to showcase this annual Hip Hop spectacular event. Local Hip Hop is at its peak and we are thrilled to have extended the partnership with the SA Hip Hop awards for another year,” said Monde Twala, Managing Director for Channels.

Rappers AKA and Ricky Rick emerged as the top winners for the night. Aka led with five wins for Best Collaboration, Best Digital Sales, Most Valuable Artist, Video of the Year for “The Saga” and Milestone of the Year. The Milestone of the Year award was given to both AKA and Cassper Nyovest.

Other winners for the night include; Nasty C for best freshman, Okmalumkoolkat for Mixtape of the Year and Tweezy for producer of the year.

The AKA and Cassper “beef” also plays out throughout the show. Catch the dramatic awards ceremony on Thursday 31 December at 22:50PM on also available on eHD channel 104 on OpenView HD and 194 on DStv. The premier will start at 21:30PM on Beatlab, channel on 500 available on OpenView HD.

About OpenView HD

OpenView HD is the only free digital satellite platform in South Africa, powered by, which brings you a wonderful new world of entertainment – 19 new TV channels in digital quality. The decoder is available from all leading retailers from as little as R399 (excludes dish/installation).

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