SABC radio listeners to pick the 2015 summer hit
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