MK Awards 2011: wins & fails

MK Awards 2011

This weekend saw all the skinny-jean-pant Bellville rockers come out in force to support the annual MK Awards.

MK hasn’t been around that long but the TV channel has managed to shake the hell out of the SA music scene, and in particular the Afrikaans rock scene.

The Afrikaans music scene has always been huge in South Africa, but thanks to MK, it’s being diversified and Afrikaans music-lovers are being exposed to all kinds of other genres (and even English-speaking acts) that deserve our local attention.

And the same goes for English-speakers who have been obsessed with overseas artists for so long they’ve never taken the time to go and watch an SA act. Now MK has brought those acts right into their lounges and suddenly they can see, there’s something going on here!

Suffice to say, we think that MK is a very welcome addition to SA TV and the SA music scene – despite the occasional Snotkop moment.

Heading back to the awards – this year’s ceremony was held in Cape Town for the first time. As far as we know all the previous awards were held in JHB.

So far, there has been quite a bit of criticism of the event and we’re not sure what to think really. Last year’s event (from what we saw on TV) looked pretty polished and was enjoyable to watch. In fact, we found ourselves feeling a bit sad we didn’t get to go!

Actually that same awards ceremony won Best Variety Show in the SAFTA’s last week, so it can’t have been half bad?

Anyways, there were reports of shocking disorganisation, bad sound and lighting, empty seats and other faux pas. Apparently, when Die Tuindwegies went up to receive their award for Best New Act, they were held back by security guards who wouldn’t let them onto the stage. Oops.

Corne & Twakkie: still funny.

Hosts Corné and Twakkie were said to have kept the crowd thoroughly entertained in between live performances by Prime Circle, Jack Parow, Zebra and Giraffe, Taxi Violence, JR, Die Heuwels Fantasties and Foto na Dans. Still, the crowd was said to look bored and didn’t dance to the bands. Maybe it’s a Cape Town thing?

Die Heuwels Fantasties were the real stars of the night though, who won all four of the awards (Best Group, Best Neon, Best Video and Best VFX/Animation) they were nominated for, including Best Video for the remix of Hyg Duiwel.

There were plenty of tears throughout as Die Heuwels and other bands paid tribute to the late Herman Pretorius, who actually helped remix the track.

And the winner is Die Heuwels!

Herman was a founding father of MK and stalwart of the Belville rock scene and sadly died of Cancer at the young age of 29 last year, after hosting Studio 1 for some time.

“Herman was working on a side project called Mr X and asked us if he could do a remix of Hyg Duiwel. He played us one of the final remixes and we were so impressed. Unfortunately he died before he could finish it,” Pierre from Die Heuwels said.

Johnny de Ridder then finished the remix and the track was released as part of Vrede Fest Elektro, a compilation, with all proceeds going to the Vrede Foundation – an NGO started by Pretorius and his brother to help children suffering with cancer who have no medical aid.

Some of the other award-winners were:

Pornstar? Umm...yes.

Prime Circle for Best International Breakthrough Act, despite the fact that Die Antwoord, Locnville, The Parlotones and Jack Parow were all performing consistently well in the overseas markets and most of them have just signed major record deals.

Best Campus Hit went to Dans Dans Lisa for Sing in Skaamte, Best Pop Act went to Bobby Van Jaarsveld and Snotkop, was once again the recipient of the Best Pornstar award – a deserving accolade we think.

Van Coke Kartel was named Best Live Act.

If you missed it and you want to see it again and make your own assumptions about the quality of the show, you can catch reruns over the next week.

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