HIP Hop sensation Nasty C is dominating the nomination list of the 23rd South African Music Awards which will be held in May.
The nominees were announced on Thursday night in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni at a glitzy affair. The young rapper bagged six nominations followed by Kwesta with five and another newcomer Amanda Black with
The Hell Naw hitmaker was nominated for Best Newcomer of the Year, Best Male Artist of the Year, Best Album of the Year and Best Rap Album. His videos Don’t Do It and Good Girls completed the list for the Best Music Video of the Year.
Kwesta’s Dakar II album saw him get the nods for Best Male Artist, Best Album of the Year, Best Rap Album and Best Collaboration Album for Mayibabo and Ngud.
It is indeed the year of the newcomer. RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi said it was encouraging to see new acts grabbing the limelight.
“This is the year newcomers take most of the limelight undoubtedly. It is truly encouraging to see so many young and new artists dominate the list. It can only bode well for the industry. The future is bright and we couldn’t be happier for them,” said Sibisi.
Durban’s queen of gqom Babes Wodumo received three nominations. Other notable nominees included Black Motion, Miss Pru, Dr Tumi and Thandiswa Mazwai.
Amanda Black with her debut Album Amazulu was over the moon with her nominations. She said she never expected the project to gunner so much support and dominate award ceremonies. She also led the nomination
list of the Metro FM Awards earlier in the year.
“I never expected so much from it. I really expected and hoped that people would love the album and it has done over and above. The single itself has gone out and done things I never expected it would do,” she
The majority of the nominees were not present at the event.
The SAMA23 ceremony will be held at Sun City resort in the North West province on May 27.