Over 200 Robes Shine On 2012 South African Music Awards

Products Involved

CitySkape 48™
CitySkape 48™CitySkape 48™
CitySkape Xtreme™
CitySkape Xtreme™CitySkape Xtreme™
ColorBeam 700E AT™
ColorBeam 700E AT™ColorBeam 700E AT™
ColorSpot 700E AT™
ColorSpot 700E AT™ColorSpot 700E AT™
ColorWash 2500E AT™
ColorWash 2500E AT™ColorWash 2500E AT™
ColorWash 700E AT™
ColorWash 700E AT™ColorWash 700E AT™
LEDBeam 100™
LEDBeam 100™LEDBeam 100™
LEDForce 18™ RGBW
LEDForce 18™ RGBWLEDForce 18™ RGBW
LEDForce 7™ RGBW
LEDForce 7™ RGBWLEDForce 7™ RGBW
LEDWash 600™
LEDWash 600™LEDWash 600™

The 18th annual South African music Awards (SAMAs) was staged at Sun City Superbowl and lit by leading LD Joshua Cutts of Visual Frontier, who included over 200 Robe moving lights in his design.

 It was broadcast live on SABC, and is currently the largest televised production in South Africa.

It was the first time that Josh has lit the SAMAs. He was asked on-board by TV producers Nevermachine (for whom he also lights Idols), and he and Johannesburg based set designers Dream Sets – also the technical production contractor -  brought a fresh and striking look and feel to the high profile event, produced by VL Productions.

The lighting brief was to energise and effervesce an amazing inflatable set, comprising giant interlocking circles and tubes which spanned most of the venue’s celling. This was designed by Robert Hoey and was a complete visual departure from any previous SAMA’s plus a huge hit with the client, who also asked Josh to add an edgy, classic rock ‘n’ roll touch to the lighting.

He relished the opportunity of creating a dynamic environment for the fast paced show which honours the best of SA’s talent and creative skills across multiple music genres.

Josh has used Robe for some years in his designs, and for this show, an  impressive Robe-count included : 36 x Robe ROBIN 600 LEDWashes, 16 x Robe ColorWash 2500E ATs, 21 x ColorSpot 700E ATs, six ColorWash 700E ATs, 18 x ColorBeam 700E ATs, 36 of the fabulous new ROBIN LEDBeam 100s, 36 x LEDForce 7s, 12 x LEDForce 18s, 24 x CitySkape 48s and six CitySkape Xtremes.

All lighting equipment was supplied via Dream Sets – run by Sean and Robert Hoey.

The trussing configuration was intricate and challenging. Firstly the truss layout had to match the aesthetics of the set, it had to practically fit in between its various elements ….  and, naturally, it also had to be functional.

He chose a completely curved trussing solution, including 9 and 11 metre sections out in the audience to give his advanced and audience lighting positions. There were a combination of circle trusses above the stage for back and side lighting.

The exacting task of rigging everything precisely in the right positions was down to the skills and experience of lead rigger, Thomas Peters.

Josh used the Robe ColorWash 2500s as highly effective FOH lighting. Their extreme brightness enabled him to quickly refocus and re-position light onto the multiple performance and presentation areas onstage.

The LEDBeams were used to zap around the venue “with great results – they are vibrant and quick.” he enthuses.

He reckons the best thing overall about the rig was “The effectiveness of all the Robe LED fixtures – with such strong, rich and full colour mixing” which enabled him to meet another client requirement, which was to be able to change the set colours quickly with solid, even colouration.

The main task for the LEDWash 600s was back lighting, for which they proved “More than up to it”.

The ColorBeam 700E ATs were positioned on the floor and were “Awesome”. He used them for filling the air with sharp, bright beams in fans and matrices. They were “Pretty much the most visible stars of the lighting rig”.

Josh comments that as Robe has grown “Substantially” in South Africa in recent years – largely due to the massive efforts of distributor DWR – this makes it a lot easier to source and cross-rent enough fixtures for the larger shows. His other preferred suppliers,  MGG, also based in Johannesburg, also have a large stock of Robe moving lights.

He programmed and operated the 2012 SAMAs using a trusty grandMA 2 full size console .. and the whole production was a resounding success.

Discover more news

Robe Has Big Presence at Lollapalooza Berlin

The 2023 Lollapalooza Berlin event at Olympiapark in the heart of the city was notable for a sizzling artist lineup as well as being a major Robe moving light installation, with almost 500 Robe fixtures – over 75 on the Alternative Stage, over 125 on Main Stage North and over 250 on Main Stage South, plus some on Perry’s stage.

Robe is Hot at Medusa Festival

Spain’s Medusa festival offers a sizzling DJ line up from all around the world embracing a lively mix of dance genres in a fantastic seaside location at Cullera beach in Valencia by the mouth of the Jucar River. The 2023 event was enjoyed by over 250,000 people across 6 days of sun, smiles and superlative music.

Robe for St Stephen’s Day Spectacle in Budapest

Robe moving lights were used in three major locations for the massive 2023 St. Stephen's Day celebrations in Budapest, Hungary, a public holiday celebrating the foundation of the Hungarian state more than 1000 years ago, which this year attracted over 1.5 million spectators to the banks of the Danube River watch the main large format projection and drone show.

Robe Lights up Sentech Tower for Brixton Light Festival

The fabulous 2023 Brixton Light Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, delivered its third – and largest to date – event filled with the magic, mystery and imagination evoked by light. It started during the covid lockdowns as a community-led and driven art-based lighting experience to unite the already tight-knit, lively and diverse neighbourhood of Brixton. The goal is to celebrate the spirit and importance of community, and the power of art and empathy.

Read More

ROBE Lighting uses cookies. We use cookies to personalise content and ads and to analyse our traffic. Please see “More about cookies” to learn more about how they are used on our website. Click “I agree” to activate them or “Close and just use cookies not requiring consent” if you do not want them. You can change your settings on "Cookies" in the footer at any time.