Local musos nominated for Samas

2010-03-06 00:00

UMLAZI kwaito stars Big Nuz have received four nominations for this year’s MTN South African Music Awards (Samas).

Their album, Undisputed, will contest album of the year, duo or group of the year, and best kwaito album; and they’ll be hoping to get the gong for MTN record of the year for their single Umlilo .

Durban-born producer, mixer and DJ, Nkosinathi Maphumulo, aka Black Coffee, is another artist with multiple nominations. He will be competing in the categories male artist of the year and best urban dance album, for Home Brewed; his single, Juju, is up for record of the year; and he could enjoy success in remix of the year with This Is How It Goes (Black Coffee remix by Goldfish).

Maphumulo will also be holding thumbs for Nicky Campos, who is nominated in the category best music video of the year for Juju.

Big Nuz, meanwhile, will be up against Inanda-born veteran singer Busi Mhlongo for album of the year. Mhlongo’s album, Amakholwa Believers, was also nominated for best contemporary album: African and female artist of the year. And the single Culoe De Song by We Baba, which features Mhlongo, is nominated for song of the year.

Other local artists nominated for the Samas, which take place at Sun City on April 16 and 17, are:

• Brian Thusi — traditional jazz album, for Nomakunjalo;

• Joe Nina — alternative music album: African (Unchained);

• Farryl Purkiss — adult contemporary album: English (Fruitbats & Crows);

• Gcina Mhlophe — kiddies’ album: English (Songs And Stories Of Africa);

• Guy Buttery — instrumental album (Fox Hill Lane);

• Tshepo Mngoma — contemporary jazz album (People And Places);

• Deborah Fraser — pop album: African (uThando);

• Hlengiwe Mhlaba — African traditional gospel album (Hlala Kuye);

• DJ Sox — urban pop album (House Party); and

• Mario Ogle — RnB/neo-soul album (Can’t Stop Loving You).

Ladysmith Abafana Bezamanani’s Ngane Yami will be up against Ladysmith-born Thulani Shabalala’s Izimpande’s Unity Is The Power in the category 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’s The Plain Truth, whose album Only One God, is contesting the categories best contemporary Christian album and best global chart DVD.

Four local artists will be contesting the Mbhaqanga album category — Abafana BakaMolo (Intombi Yegenge), Impumelelo (Isikweletu), Mthoko (Thambo Lami Leqolo) and Oflende (Pajero). Contesting the maskandi album category are Phuzekhemisi, Shabalala Rhythm, Thokozani Langa, Umgqumeni and Izingane Zoma.

• For a full list of nominees go to www.witness.co.za

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