It should be Zahara’s night

2011-11-18 07:57

When the black carpet rolls out at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday night, it will signify the commencement of the new vanguard’s reign over music.

Gone are the traditional favourites and big-name stars.

New acts have claimed their positions and this will mark the beginning of their dominance in earnest.

It’s no secret that this was Zahara’s year (or at least last three months) and her Herculian feats of selling more than 200 000 CDs in a few weeks and being the talk of the town should be rewarded, starting at this award ceremony.

MiCasa, who have set the dancefloors ablaze with the mega hit These Streets, have also pulled the carpet from under a few house/dance acts.

New names like AKA, Madoda, Nondumiso Tembe and Tshwane Gospel Choir have also staked their claim on the main prize.

What makes it hard for anyone to predict the MetroFM Award winners is that they are a popularity contest.

You’d have to be a good reader of social trends and flavours, unlike the South African Music Awards which are judged by a panel of experts that one can predict and read easier. Some of the tightly contested categories like best single and best newcomer will go down to the wire and the winner will decided by a few votes.

The voting lines are open until today before the names of the winners are minted on the trophies.

» Ntando – Izaga.
A previous winner who has been under the radar in recent times.
» Madoda – Mzizi. Great potential, but an outsider.
» Theo Kgosinkwe – Grateful. Should win based on the popularity of his name and a stronger album.

» Terance – Music Box 5.
An outsider who has an outside chance
» Vinny Da Vincy – Deep House Sounds Vol 8. He is a frontrunner with a tight album
» Glen Lewis – House Avenue 6. Since he is from the radio station he might as well scoop it. Politics aside, his album deserves the accolade

» Zahara – Loliwe.
Riding the crest of her fame wave, she might sweep the boards, including this category.
» Culoe De Song – Elevation. A strong album which might be a surprise win.
» AKA – Altar Ego. The music critic’s choice to win, plus the hype is there.

» DJ Cndo – Finest Lady of House Vol 4.
She might spin a surprise and win here.
» Culoe de Song – Elevation. A strong album but can he withstand the competition?
» Black Motion – Talking to the Drums. They are such hardworkers that they deserve the award.

» Zahara – Loliwe.
The flavour of the moment is almost guaranteed this award
» Nondumiso Tembe – Izwi Lami. The music critic’s choice but not much hype around her.
» KB – Run Free (The Evolution). The album should be awarded, but she can’t stave off the Loliwe runaway train.

» We Will Worship – The Movement Begins.
Clearly they have aced the voting that’s why they are here. But who are they?
» Tshwane Gospel Choir – Modimo Wa Mehlolo. With clever marketing they may pull off a surprise.
» Rebecca – Ukuthula. She was dethroned by Winnie Mashaba and Joyous Celebration. Could this be her comeback?

» C9ine – Sound Garden.
They have enjoyed some attention this year, but they are outsiders.
» Big Nuz – Pound For Pound. They are a big band in every sense of the word, but they didn’t impress as much this year.
» MiCasa – MiCasa Music. If sanity prevails, here are the winners hands down.

» Morale – Smile, Clap and Bow.
He has made the right noise and could be the surprise package.
» Tuks – Tshwanelo. Once a prince of Motswako rap, he has not quite hit the numbers in terms of hype recently.
» AKA – Altar Ego. He has separated himself from other pretenders and this should be his night to shine.

» Swazi Dlamini – Gospel Meets Jazz (Live in Durban).
The concept sounds promising, but who has heard the album?
» Kunle Ayo – Best of Both Worlds. A good effort but not enough to beat the others.
» Judith Sephuma – I Am A Living Testimony. A clear frontrunner.

» Big Nuz – Pound For Pound.
They may have to settle for second fiddle.
» Bullistic – Hollow Point. Mamasita made them a household name. Will they score with the voters?
» Spikiri – The King Don Father 2.5. By far the strongest contender for this award.

» Kabomo – All Things Grey.
He earned critical acclaim, now he needs to earn the votes.
» HHP – MotswaAfrika. He is a crowd favourite and stands a good chance here.
» Spikiri – The King Don Father 2.5. It is not a surprise to find him here. This is a good album and should be the winner.

» Zahara – Loliwe.
Predictable as it may be, she deserves it.
» MiCasa – MiCasa Music. They had a great run and should be awarded.
» AKA – Altar Ego. Oozing street cred, he may emerge the winner.

» Lloyd Jansen – Lloyd Jansen.
Who are we?
» Nothende – Lovelight. She delivered a good album and should win.
» Keeno Lee – Revolution. You’re sure it’s not 702’s Kieno Kammies?

» Zahara – Loliwe.
Undoubtedly the anthem of the year, it should be the winner.
» Big Nuz – Sting Ray. It is everywhere but doesn’t match the mass appeal of Loliwe.
» MiCasa – These Streets. We’ve had a few heady nights fuelled by this dance hit. It could be a surprise reveal.

» Somizi – 9 Lives (My Genesis).
He is inspired by Lady Gaga. Some call it highbrow, others think it’s distasteful and OTT. He stands a good chance of winning.
» Nkulee Dube – My Way. The reggae chick has managed to do Afro-chic in a good way.
» Theo Kgosinkwe – Grateful. With his hat, bowtie and suit firmly in place, he is a gentleman.

» DJ Sbu feat. Zahara – Lengoma.
If she’s not going to win it with Loliwe, this will do.
» Big Nuz – Sting Ray. It might just be a consolation prize for the big boys of Durban.
» Character – Ex. An undisputed hit which has every right to scoop this award.

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