NASTY C sweeps
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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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