Mzansi celebri­ties to bat­tle it out in choice awards

Ri­vals AKA and Cassper Ny­ovest go head to head

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KARISHMA DIPA

FANS of lo­cal celebri­ties from dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries now have the chance to make sure their favourites get the recog­ni­tion they de­serve.

Lo­cal broad­caster DStv is host­ing its first Mzansi View­ers’ Choice Awards next month that will cre­ate that plat­form.

They have handed the power over to the pub­lic and have urged them to vote for their favourite mu­si­cians, ac­tors and ac­tresses, co­me­di­ans and sports per­son­al­i­ties.

Sev­eral of the coun­try’s top celebri­ties from all walks of life have al­ready been nom­i­nated.

“With 50 Mzansi stars to choose from, fans have the power to choose who makes it on top of the hotly con­tested cat­e­gories recog­nis­ing the who’s who of Mzansi en­ter­tain­ment,” event or­gan­is­ers said.

There are 10 cat­e­gories for the awards cer­e­mony, to be held on Au­gust 26.

In the favourite ac­tor cat­e­gory, the ac­claimed War­ren Masemola will bat­tle it out against Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, Themba Nd­aba, Siyabonga Th­wala as well as tal­ented young­ster Ntokozo Dlamini.

The favourite ac­tress cat­e­gory is equally com­pet­i­tive with Vatiswa Ndara, Masasa Mban­geni, Thuso Mbedu, Than­deka Dawn King and Lor­cia Cooper go­ing head-to-head.

On the mu­sic front, fans will have a hard time choos­ing be­tween the nom­i­nees.

This in­cludes the best DJ cat­e­gory where DJ Black Cof­fee, DJ Zinhle, Prince Kay­bee, DJ Shimza and Tira will all vie for the top hon­our.

Ri­val rap­pers AKA and Cassper Ny­ovest are also nom­i­nated along­side each other in the best mu­sic artist or group cat­e­gory along with Lebo Sek­go­b­ela, Black Mo­tion and Kwesta.

The comedic cat­e­gory is also one to look out for.

“We’ll see who will have the last laugh when #TeamSkhumba goes up against #TeamCe­leste; or maybe the side-split­ting an­tics of Tumi Mo­rake, Masha­bela Galane or Thabo Kgaphola will tri­umph above oth­ers in the Favourite Co­me­dian cat­e­gory,” said the or­gan­is­ers.

An­other hotly con­tested cat­e­gory is Ris­ing Star, where Amanda Black, Za­mani Mbatha, Michelle Mos­alakae, Jab­u­lani Hadebe and Andile Phehluk­wayo are pit­ted against one an­other.

An­other fea­ture of the awards is the 1Life ‘Life changer’ which aims to recog­nise un­sung he­roes who make a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Nom­i­na­tions for this cat­e­gory close on Au­gust 4.

Vot­ing for all other cat­e­gories close on Au­gust 15.

Vot­ing can be done via WeChat by down­load­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion and ad­ding mzan­simag­ictv and vote up to 100 times for free.

It can also be done via SMS by tex­ting the nom­i­nee’s key­word (i.e. the num­bers in the brack­ets next to the name of each nom­i­nee – 1A, 2A etc.) to 39201.

HEAD TO HEAD: Ri­vals AKA and Cassper Ny­ovest

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