SABC ra­dio lis­ten­ers to pick the 2015 sum­mer hit

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Mu­si­cian Nathi Mankayi’s de­but hit song, Nomvula, could see him score big time if it is an­nounced as the sum­mer hit of 2015 on New Year’s Eve.

Mankayi, who spent some time in prison be­fore pur­su­ing a ca­reer in mu­sic, is up against more es­tab­lished artists in the SABC Sum­mer Hit 2015 con­test, which will cul­mi­nate in the Fact Dur­ban Rocks party at the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium on New Year’s Eve.

The best song of the year will be de­cided by lis­ten­ers of the SABC’s 18 ra­dio sta­tions, who are vot­ing for the song of their choice.

If Mankayi wins, he will walk away with R150 000 in cash and a brand-new Kia Pi­canto.

The win­ner will per­form the win­ning song when the clock strikes New Year 2016. The event will be broad­cast live on SABC1.

The other five lead­ing songs are: We Dance Again (Black Cof­fee); Bad­dest (AKA); Mama I Made It (Cassper Ny­ovest); Imali (Za­hara); and Wena (Heavy K fea­tur­ing Mpumi).

SABC spokesper­son Kaizer Kganyago said the broad­caster had con­tracted Michael Owen Pro­duc­tions to han­dle the cam­paign.

In the past, each SABC ra­dio sta­tion in­de­pen­dently chose its song of the year and played that track at mid­night on De­cem­ber 31.

How­ever, this year the SABC is do­ing things dif­fer­ently. All the 18 ra­dio sta­tions are join­ing forces for the very first time, cul­mi­nat­ing in the choice of one song as the SABC Sum­mer Hit for 2015.

Kganyago said: “This cam­paign gives the SABC an op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with the au­di­ence. This is a new cam­paign to us and we are hop­ing we’ll con­tinue with it.”

Owen Ndlovu from Michael Owen Pro­duc­tions told City Press that they were giv­ing lis­ten­ers the power to choose the Sum­mer Hit of 2015.

“We want lis­ten­ers to be the judges. This time, there will be no judg­ing panel,” he said.

Those who still wish to vote for their favourite song need to do so soon. The vot­ing lines have been open for two weeks and will close on De­cem­ber 31 at mid­day.

How do lis­ten­ers vote? They must type three let­ters of the ra­dio sta­tion of their choice, fol­lowed by the name of their favourite artist and the song they are vot­ing for. They then SMS their choices to 33416.

“You can vote as many times as you like,” Ndlovu said.

– Ntombi­zodwa Makhoba

PHOTO: MDU MVUBU

Nathi Mankayi

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