The nod?

Who got Pub­lic must vote vig­or­ously if they want their favourite mu­si­cian or group to win a tro­phy

Weekend Witness - - Money -

DUR­BAN mu­si­cians Big Nuz, Zakes Bantwini and DJ Black Cof­fee have all se­cured nom­i­na­tions for the 2014 Metro FM Mu­sic Awards, which will be tak­ing place at the ICC in Dur­ban on March 1.

Big Nuz have four nom­i­na­tions for best duo/group and best kwaito al­bum for Made in Africa and song of the year for the sin­gles Inazo and Hawaii.

Bantwini has two nods for best dance al­bum and best male artist for My Mu­sic Bi­ble; and Black Cof­fee is nom­i­nated for best hit sin­gle for Buya.

There are also nom­i­na­tions for AfroPop songstress Naima Kay from Port Shep­stone, for best African pop al­bum and best fe­male artist for her al­bum Um­sebenzi, and record of the year for the Lelilanga Remix.

She’ll be com­pet­ing against Dur­ban’s first lady of dance, DJ Cndo, in the best fe­male artist cat­e­gory. Cndo is nom­i­nated for her al­bum Finest Lady of House vol 5.

There is also a nom­i­na­tion for Stanger­born Lungi Naidoo for best RnB al­bum for I Am; and one for Nqubeko Mbatha, from eSikhaw­ini, near Richards Bay, who gets a best ur­ban gospel nod for the al­bum, Wor­ship­per.

Speak­ing about the nom­i­nees for this year’s awards, which will be hosted by the KwaZulu­Natal pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, the City of Dur­ban and BP South Africa, Metro FM sta­tion man­ager Martin Vi­lakazi said: “We are ex­cited by the cal­i­bre of fi­nal­ists for this year’s edi­tion of the awards, which will also be cel­e­brat­ing and recog­nis­ing mu­si­cians who have con­trib­uted to the growth of the in­dus­try since the dawn of democ­racy 20 years ago.

“We urge the pub­lic to vote vig­or­ously if they want their favourite mu­si­cian or group to walk away with a cov­eted Metro FM Mu­sic Award tro­phy.”

Fans can vote via SMS. Sim­ply send the cat­e­gory, for ex­am­ple POP, and the name of the artist to 34764. SMSes cost R1,50. Free SMSes do not ap­ply.

This year’s tro­phy has a new look, which Vi­lakazi said was achieved by re­tain­ing the sand­cast tex­ture of the alu­minium on one side of the tro­phy, to con­trast with smoothed and pol­ished front.

“By bring­ing a va­ri­ety of tex­tures

Sen­ti­ments of a to the tro­phy, we make an al­lu­sion to the dif­fer­ent mu­sic types that this award show­cases,” he said. “It also sug­gests how raw melodies and lyrics are crafted into a pol­ished re­sult for au­di­ence ap­pre­ci­a­tion.”

The theme for the 2014 awards, which will be broad­cast live on SABC1 at 8 pm, will be cel­e­brat­ing 20 years of democ­racy as a coun­try through mu­sic.

And for the first time there will be a pub­lic view­ing area at Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium where fans can watch the event un­fold on mas­sive screens.

— Arts Ed­i­tor.

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