DLD M-Net celebrate 30 years of magic

M-Net 30th Birthday

In an evening of glitz, glam, nostalgia and show-stopping musical performances, M-Net celebrated its milestone 30th birthday in a specially-built dome on its Randburg campus. The event formed part of three filmed gala events which will be screened on M-Net’s various channels in December.

Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, international mega-star Trevor Noah was beamed in as a hologram.

The comedian, who has a long history with M-Net and even had his own show on M-Net channel 101, had the guests in the palm of his “virtual” hand. In his trademark style, he took the star-studded audience on a witty trip down M-Net’s memory lane.

Putting together a production of this magnitude took months of hard work and intricate planning. For the team at Don’t Look Down Productions securing the right crews to pull this off was key.

Stage design, lighting, rigging, and sound were just some of the pivotal elements of the occasion. The big crew worked weeks before to set up the dome and well into the nights to make sure everything had just the right touch of magic.

Some of South Africa’s biggest musical names came to the party to spice things up. The nights kicked off with South African legend Claire Johnston, whose own journey in the industry also started in the 1980s, just like M-Net. Joining her were some of M-Net viewers’ favourite voices, including the likes of Idols SA winner Khaya Mthethwa, recent The Voice SA winner Richard Stirton, as well as The Voice SA coaches Kahn Morbee, with his band The Parlotones, and songstress Lira. The musical entertainment did not end there, however. There were also special appearances from Themba Ndaba, The Muses as well as some booming vocals from Clash of the Choirs alumni. Topping it off was a performance from multi award-winning Nigerian star 2Baba, one of the most decorated and celebrated Afro-pop artists on the continent.

In true entertainment style, Don’t Look Down Entertainment took to social media to give the fans a taste of  the magic.  Every night, #MNet30 was on everyone’s lips as we shared some of the performances, tickeled your taste buds with photos of the menu, the delectable dessert selection, and snapped a few photos of some of the stars who came to celebrate 30 with us.

It would not be television if it was not caught on camera. A talented group of industry professionals were brought in by Don’t Look Down Productions to record every moment of the magic- ensuring you don’t miss a thing.