NASTY C sweeps

SAMA NOM­I­NA­TIONS ... PLUS, ALL THE OTHER CON­TENDERS

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His­tory ap­pears to be re­peat­ing it­self as singers and mu­si­cians signed to record la­bels Ma­bala Noise and Am­bi­tiouz pre­pare to clean up at the SA Mu­sic Awards (Samas). Nom­i­nees were an­nounced on Fri­day night on SABC1’s Live Amp.

Ma­bala Noise’s Nasty C (real name David Ng­cobo) leads with seven nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing Best New­comer, Best Male Artist, Best Album, Best Rap Album, Best Mu­sic Video and Record of the Year.

This comes af­ter he won four big gongs at the Metro FM mu­sic awards in Fe­bru­ary – in­clud­ing the cov­eted Song of the Year – but it caused con­tro­versy.

Ng­cobo, signed to the record la­bel owned by ANC Youth League trea­surer-gen­eral Reg­gie Nk­abinde, was sur­prised yes­ter­day morn­ing.

“It feels good and it’s not some­thing that I saw coming. As I’ve been al­ways saying, I don’t work or make mu­sic for awards. But, if any­thing, I would love to take home Best Album,” he said. Ng­cobo told City Press he owed his suc­cess to his late mother and grand­mother. And how does he deal with haters? “I go harder and give them more rea­son to hate,” he says.

For the Samas, Ng­cobo is go­ing head-to-head with Kwesta (real name, Senzo Vi­lakazi) who is not among those signed to Ma­bala or Am­bi­tiouz. The Sony Mu­sic sign-up bagged six nom­i­na­tions: for Best Male Artist, two for Best Col­lab­o­ra­tion, Best Album, Best Rap Album and Record of the Year.

Vi­lakazi said it felt good when your fans showed you some love.

“The love has been real. This shows that my 2016 didn’t go to waste,” said Vi­lakazi, who cel­e­brated his tra­di­tional wed­ding to Yolanda Mve­lase ear­lier this month.

Asked how he felt go­ing head-to-head with Ng­cobo, he said he re­spected Nasty C as one of the coun­try’s most tal­ented rap­pers.

Vi­lakazi, who has been in the mu­sic in­dus­try for a decade, said hard work paid off and he hoped to take home the Best Rap Album award.

“This is the clos­est cat­e­gory for me be­cause I’m a rap­per,” he said.

Amanda Black (real name Amanda Antony) racked up five nom­i­na­tions: Best New­comer, Best Fe­male Artist, Best Album, Best R&B/Soul/Reg­gae Album and Record of the Year.

Antony said: “It feels so amaz­ing and I’m so ex­cited about th­ese five nom­i­na­tions. My first album is do­ing so well and I’m so grate­ful to South Africans for their love and sup­port. It is them that made this pos­si­ble for me,” said Antony.

She added she could very well have re­leased an album that peo­ple wouldn’t have lis­tened to and that wasn’t a suc­cess.

“I never saw this coming, but God’s plans just hap­pen. I didn’t know I was go­ing to make it this soon af­ter Idols [2015, in which she was elim­i­nated in the top 16], be­cause in my plans I thought I was go­ing to make it when I’m old. But ev­ery­thing happened so fast,” she said.

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COOL FOR THE SAMA SA rap­per Nasty C

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