Sama nom­i­nees re­vealed

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - NEWS - SIYABONGA SITHOLE siyabon­gas@the­

THE dom­i­nance of new­com­ers across South Africa’s ma­jor mu­sic awards has be­come a norm.

In the past two years, emerg­ing artists have come to rule both the South African Mu­sic Awards (Sa­mas) and the Metro FM Mu­sic Awards.

Pi­eter­mar­itzburg born rap­per Nasty C, leads the Sama nom­i­nees with six nods in the cat­e­gories best male, best new­comer, best rap al­bum and two nods in the best video cat­e­gory.

The 20-year-old rap wizard is closely fol­lowed by rap­per Kwesta with five, Amanda Black with four, and queen of Gqom mu­sic, Babes Wo­dumo, who comes in with three nom­i­na­tions.

New­com­ers and Afro-soul croon­ers from Cape Town Soul Kul­ture fea­ture promi­nently as favourites with three nods, shar­ing the best duo and group cat­e­gory with Jaziel Brothers, The Soil, Par­lotones and Black Mo­tion.

The nom­i­nees were an­nounced at the Destiny Ho­tel in Kemp­ton Park.

Speak­ing at the event, Record­ing In­dus­try of South Africa (Risa) ex­ec­u­tive Nh­lanhla Sibisi said the dom­i­nance of the awards by new artists is a good sign for the South African record­ing in­dus­try and its fu­ture.

“This is the year new­com­ers take most of the lime­light. It is truly en­cour­ag­ing to see so many new young artists dom­i­nate the list,” Sibisi said.

“It bodes well for the in­dus­try, prov­ing that the fu­ture is bright. We could not be hap­pier for them.”

Af­ter be­ing held in Dur­ban last year due to ren­o­va­tions, the awards will this year re­turn to Sun City where many of nom­i­nated artists will be crowned on May 26.

Last month, the or­gan­is­ers of the awards toasted the news that the en­tries for this year had come in their num­bers, with more than 700 names from across South Africa’s mu­si­cal gen­res were re­ceived – a phe­nom­e­nal growth from the pre­vi­ous year of 470 en­tries.

MAIN MAN: Rap­per Nasty C leads the 2017 South African Mu­sic Awards nom­i­nees list.

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