SA musos gear for top Sama awards
YOUNG musicians who have made it big in the industry and have been nominated for the first time for the South African Music Awards are reluctant to say how they will perform on awards night.
The awards take place at the Sun City Superbowl on Monday.
Zahara, who has the biggest number of nominations with seven, says she is currently enjoying the good music spell.
"Man! I was so excited. I was there and every time my name came up I had to remind myself this is really me! Seven times! It's a blessing.
"I can't even say how much the nominations have changed things for me because my life has been changing every day in the past six months.
"Every day it's like a new thing happening in my life. Just moving to the big city was already such a big change for me, and then to find out that my CD broke records and then to get seven nominations.
"It shows that South Africans do appreciate it when you do hard work," says the singer.
Mi Casa, the house music sensation, are looking forward to being rewarded for their five nominations. Even if they do not win in any of the other categories, they say, the best duo or group category would work wonders for them.
Mi Casa have been nominated for album of the year, best dance album, duo or group of the year, newcomer of the year and record of the year.
Mi Casa's J-Something says he was at the nominees' announcement, and when he phoned the guys with the good news, "everyone was just over the moon, I guess. Not just for the best newcomer category, but to be nominated in five categories - I think we were just flabbergasted. It's a humbling experience".
But even if they don't win, the boys insist it's an honour just to be nominated.
"We learned from the Metros, when we were nominated for five awards as well, but we didn't win anything.
"It's great to be recognised by the music industry for bringing something fresh to the industry, and it will obviously boost our brand if we win and for us as individuals it gives us more confidence, but it's not the be-all and end-all," says J-Something.
If they are lucky enough to win, J-Something says they've discussed it among themselves and, out of their five nominated categories, they would most love to win duo or group of the year and/or best dance album.
"It defines what we do, we're a group," he explains. "To be the best at your game really sets you apart. And dance music because that's what we do."
Ntokozo Zakwe also has five nominations - best hip-hop album, remix of the year, male artist of the year, newcomer of the year and best album of the year - the most for any hip-hop artist.
"I was actually there at the announcement and it was incredible to hear them call out my name again and again.
"More than anything else, I was surprised. Excited too, but it was a shock.
"Of course, I was hoping to get a nomination in the best street urban category because before anything else, I'm a hip-hop artist, but getting five was a shock," the says young muso.