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