Zonke’s big haul at awards

Saafma launch event fi­nally takes off after 2016 flop

Sowetan - - Front Page - By Pa­tience Bam­balele

Soul singer Zonke Dikana earned five nods in the South African Afro Mu­sic Awards (Saafma) an­nounced yes­ter­day.

She is the most nom­i­nated in cat­e­gories such as best Afro fe­male artist, best adult con­tem­po­rary, best Afro-soul al­bum and best Afro Pro­ducer.

She said in a state­ment: “I am so pleased with the news of my nom­i­na­tions and want to thank ev­ery­one who has sup­ported me from day one.”

The singer is fol­lowed closely by Vusi Nova and Nathi with three nods each. One of the ris­ing stars, Birdie Mboweni got two nom­i­na­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the chair­man of Saafma, China Mpololo, the awards were sched­uled to hap­pen last year but due to tech­ni­cal­i­ties they could not ma­te­ri­alise.

Mpololo said: “We had a part­ner­ship with the City of Cape Town, where we were sup­posed to hold the in­au­gu­ral awards but they kept on post­pon­ing the event due to spon­sor­ship is­sues.

“There was no time so we de­cided to post­pone the event to this year. We car­ried for­ward last year’s event to this year, and this is why you don’t see artists such as Amanda Black fea­tur­ing on the list.”

The awards will also hon­our the late Ray Phiri and Yvonne Chaka Chaka with life­time achieve­ment awards for their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the mu­sic in­dus­try.

“Be­fore Ray Phiri died, he had al­ready known that we were go­ing to award him.

“He was sup­posed to come to Cape Town but it’s un­for­tu­nate that the awards were not held in 2016. As such, peo­ple must not think we are hon­our­ing Phiri sim­ply be­cause he has passed on.”

Mpololo added: “Public votes were done last time. This time around 80% of these cat­e­gories will be judged by a selec­tion com­mit­tee, con­sist­ing of a panel of mu­sic in­dus­try ex­perts, and 20% by the public.”

He said their panel of seven judges work in­de­pen­dently and they had not been in­tro­duced to one an­other.

The awards take place on Novem­ber 23 at Birch­wood Ho­tel, Boks­burg.


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