Amanda Black on her SAMA Nominations

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The SAMA 23 nominations were announced on Thursday and Afro-pop singer, Amanda Black’s Amazulu has earned her four nominations: Best Newcomer, Best R&B, Best Female and Album of the Year. She shares how excited she is with us.

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The 23rd South African Music awards will be held at the Sun City Superbowl on May 27.

How do you feel about your nominations?

I’m so happy, this is my second award show and I’ve been nominated in and it feels great. It’s exciting because I’ve previously been watching the SAMAs and seeing fellow artists being nominated and now I’m nominated alongside them. It’s a great feeling!

Which one are you hoping to win the most?

I’m looking forward to the Record of the Year category and if I don’t make it there, I’m excited about the Album of the Year. It would be great to the entire team that worked on Amazulu to get that nod. It’s a great success to even be nominated for the SAMAs already so winning either of those would be amazing.

How does it feel to be flying the flag high, not only for yourself but for all women in music with your nominations?

I’m always encouraging young women to always put their best foot forward and not compete with anyone. Recognitions like these give me a voice and a platform to encourage and influence many more other people.

How does it feel for your debut album Amazulu to be so well received?

It’s overwhelming and unexpected. We worked hard on the album and gave it our all. It’s my first album and I didn’t expect it to be doing as well as it is. I was hoping it would obviously but it went over and above what I had imagined.

Why do you think SA has embraced your music so much?

It’s honesty, the album speaks of real things and topics that are part of everyday life – this is the feedback I get from fans. I merely put my heart and hard work into the music and I think people relate to it because it’s relative stories I write about.

How does it feel to have been booted off Idols SA and now dominating the music scene?

This much recognition proves how not giving up on what you love has its rewards. Imagine if I had given up on my dream after Idols SA? Luckily that was never a choice for me as music has been my ultimate goal.

What are your last words to anyone giving up on their dreams?

Don’t ever give up, this may sound simple but it’s important to always keep hope. If something’s not working out, look at other strategies to up your game. If your reasons for chasing the dream are pure then it will definitely work out and you’ll see things naturally unfold to your benefit. Dreams do come true, I’m testament to that!

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