Dreamin’ of SAMAS

2010-04-17 00:00

UMLAZI kwaito stars Big Nuz and Durban-born producer, mixer and DJ, Nkosinathi Maphumulo, aka Black Coffee, are two of KwaZulu-Natal’s best hopes at this year’s MTN South African Music Awards (Samas­).

Big Nuz’s album, Undisputed, is up for album of the year, and the group is also contesting the duo or group of the year category, best kwaito album, and MTN record of the year for their single, Umlilo, featuring Tira. Black Coffee is competing in the categories male artist of the year and best urban dance album for Home Brewed.

His single, Juju, featuring Zakes Bantwini, is up for record of the year and he could enjoy success in the remix of the year category with This Is How It Goes (Black Coffee remix by Goldfish).

Another KwaZulu-Natal artist hoping for success at the Samas, which take place at Sun City tonight, is veteran singer Busi Mhlongo­, who is nominated in the categories female artist of the year and album of the year, and best contemporary album for Amakholwa­ Believers. The single, Culoe De Song, by We Baba, which features Mhlongo­, is nominated for song of the year.

Other local artists to cheer for include Brian Thusi (best traditional jazz album); Joe Nina (best alternative music album: African); Farryl Purkiss (best adult contemporary album: English); Gcina Mhlophe (best kiddies album: English); Guy Buttery (best instrumental album); Tshepo Mngoma (best contemporary jazz album­); Deborah Fraser (best pop album: African); Hlengiwe Mhlaba (best African traditional gospel album); DJ Sox (best urban pop album); and Mario Ogle (best R&B/neo-soul album).

Ladysmith Abafana Bezamanani’s Ngane Yami will be up against Ladysmith-born Thulani Shabalala’s Izimpande’s Unity Is The Power for the title of best traditional a capella album; and Winnie Khumalo (Live My Life) and Zuluboy (Nomalanga Mntakwethu) will be vying for MTN record of the year.

Also hoping for success is Durban gospel group The Plain Truth, whose album, Only One God, is contesting the best contemporary Christian album and best global chart DVD categories.

Four local artists will be contesting the best mbaqanga album category — Abafana BakaMolo, Impumelelo­, Mthoko and Oflende. And the best maskandi album category­ sees Phuzekhemisi, Shabalala­ Rhythm, Thokozani Langa­, Umgqumeni and Izingane Zoma going head to head.

IF you are unable to get to the awards, catch the live broadcast on SABC1 at 8 pm tonight. Alternatively, you can see a live streaming of the Samas via the official website — www.samusicawards.co.za — and the Sama Facebook fan page.

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