After an eventful weekend, it’s time for the CSA team to unpack all the big name events making headlines over the past 72 hours. From Kanye to the drama of the SAMA’s we go to all the corners of the globe for what’s hot, what’s fresh and What’s Trending.


Words: Tshiamo Seape



The latest edition of the South African Music Awards took place at the Sun City on Saturday had no shortage of memorable moments – some of which were completely removed from the trophies doled out on the night. The first and most memorable appearance of the night definitely goes to President Cyril Ramaphosa. In what seemed like Election 2019 campaigning,  President Ramaphosa shared a few words – to which responses were mixed – and handed out some awards. See what you make of his appearance below.



With that behind us we can get to the real business of any award show: the winners. While the full list is too expensive to go through here, we’ve compiled a list of the winners in the biggest categories.

Newcomer of the Year: Shekhinah for  ‘Rose Gold’

Male Artist of the Year: Prince Kaybee for ‘I am Music’

Female Artist of the Year: Shekhinah for ‘Rose Gold’

Duo or Group of the Year: Mafikizolo for ‘20’

Album of the Year: ‘Rose Gold’ by Shekhinah

Best Rock Album: ‘Selfmedikasie’ by Fokofpolisiekar

Best Pop Album: ‘The Beautiful Madness’ by TRESOR

Best Alternative Music Album: ‘Mangaliso’ by Bongeziwe Mabandla

Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album: ‘Relationships’ by Afrotraction

Best Hip Hop Album: ‘Yellow’ by Shane Eagle

Best Kwaito Album: ‘Highly Flavoured’ by Busiswa

Best Dance Album: ‘King Zamar’ by Lady Zamar


Last, but not least we’re going to (try) and tackle the SAMA’s red carpet and performance fashion. Regular viewers of the SAMA’s will no doubt be aware of the over the top and just downright extra fashion choices that SA’s music elite have made in the past – this year was no different. Watch the video below for some of the best looks from the evening.

The stars brought the glitz and glamour, as per usual, but the nights biggest stand-out was undoubtedly Riky Rick. Donning a Chularp Suwannapha design straight from the runway, King Kotini, stunned onlookers, set social media ablaze and even spawned its own hashtag, #RikyRickChallenge, with his choice of outfit. Take a look at the Twitter’s reaction below.




Kanye West Drops Ye

The world’s biggest rock star, superhero, icon and cultural phenomenon, Kanye West released is much anticipated and much-publicised eighth studio album, simply titled, Ye. The launch-cum-listening party was held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where Kanye and his cohort of talented friends have been based for the recording of this album. The attendance list read like the who’s who of current Hip Hop and showbiz royalty: Kid Cudi, Jonah Hill, Nas, Chris Rock and of course, Kim Kardashian were just some of the people on hand to introduce the album to the world.

Following a series of, let’s call them questionable public statements, leading up to the release, many fans, journalists and casual observers had thrown in the towel on Grammy-winning artist. Others, while lamenting Kanye’s statements in the media, where still curious enough to hear what Kanye had been producing in the relative solitude of the Mid West. And on Friday, June 1, as promised the rapper released Ye, perhaps his most personal album yet. Centred around family, loyalty and his mage in the media Ye is still being digested by the world at large and only time will tell whether the Kanye has redeemed himself in the eyes of his harshest critics.



Nigeria’s Epic World cup Jersey is worthy of the hype.

After an announcement just a few months ago, Nigeria’s Nike sponsored world Cup Hesery has been getting a lot of hype and rightly so. Amidst a somewhat lacklustre promotional effort on the part of World Cup organisers the Super Eagles jersey has drummed up more hype than the event itself and for good reason: it’s dope, and we’re in love. The whole world, regardless of nationality, seems to be falling in love as well. According to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the jersey has hit pre-orders of 3 million ahead of its official May 29 release. Ahead of Nigeria’s friendly against England, London’s Oxford street Nike store recorded lines that were literally around the block, and that is just one location. Unfortunately for South African fans, the jersey is not available on our online store, but with just over a week to go before the tournament. let’s hope Nike will bless our shores with this one of a kind jersey.


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