JOHANNESBURG — While Julius Malema may have little power left politically, he certainly wielded his weight at the MTN South African Music Awards (Samas) this weekend.
The disgraced former leader of the ANC Youth League made sure that South Africa’s current favourite musician Dr Malinga got to perform in the early hours of yesterday morning at the Samas’ infamous pre-party, hosted by independent record label Kalawa Jazmee.
The Kalawa party is traditionally one of the biggest parties during the Samas weekend at Sun City in North West. This year the party saw the label’s top artistes, including Professor and Mafikizolo, on stage, with an impromptu appearance by Trompies.
By 3:30am the party was still in full swing and fans of the independent record label were demanding more. But the management of the Sun City Shebeen decided it was time to stop the party before Kalawa’s popular new artiste Dr Malinga (of Via Orlando fame) had to perform.
But according to one observer, Malema then jumped on stage.
“Malema grabbed the microphone and said to the white manager: Chief, have you seen a revolution? If you want to see black people revolt, then stop this party.”
He then instructed Kalawa boss Oskido to play the CD and Dr Malinga to do his traditional leap dances on stage. The crowd apparently went ballistic, chanting Juju! Juju! Juju!”
Co-director of Kalawa, Oskido, played down the incident.
“Julius asked the club owner if Dr Malinga could play. He was very polite,” said Oskido yesterday.
Malema was, however, just one of the high-profile guests invited to the 19th MTN Samas. Other guests included Generations actors Menzi Ngubane and Sophie Ndaba as well as director Rapulana Seiphemo.