Late Bosman gets two nominations for Basadi Music Awards

Sowetan’s Seemela nodded for Entertainment Journalist of the Year

The late Gloria Bosman has scored two nominations at the Basadi Music Awards.
The late Gloria Bosman has scored two nominations at the Basadi Music Awards.
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Afro-pop singer Lwah Ndlunkulu has received the most nominations at the second annual Basadi in Music Awards. 

The nominations hosted by Candice Modiselle were announced on Thursday.

Born Lwandile Mtshali in KwaZulu-Natal, Lwah Ndlunkulu is nominated for Afro-pop Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year.

In the Afro-pop Artist of the Year category, she is up against Kelly Khumalo, Brenda Mtambo and Nomfundo Moh.

Lwah Ndlunkulu is followed closely by Uncle Waffles, Boohle and Kamo Mphela who received three nominations each.

Boohle and Kamo are nominated in the Sofn'free Amapiano of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year. 

Uncle Waffles, a DJ, is nominated in the Song of the Year, Artist of the Year and DJ of the Year categories.

Late jazz, blues and soul singer Gloria Bosman scored two nominations for Samro Songwriter of the Year against Msaki, Jamie Lee, Phumla Music and Lioness.

In the Best Jazz Artist of the Year, Bosman is up against Thandi Ntuli, Natalia and Thesis ZA. 

Radio presenter Thando Thabethe also received two nominations in the Entertainment Radio Presenter of the year and is also a recipient of CEO Mosadi Achievement Business Award.

In the Entertainment Radio Presenter of the Year, Thabethe is up against Mittah  Ledimo, Lerato Kganyago, Lethabo Mathatho and Khutso Theledi.

Dimahar, Eves, Dimakatso, Group Chart and Nkele are all nominated in the Newcomer of the Year category.

In the Traditional Artist of the Year category, Mma Ausi, Dr Sophy, Candy Tsa Mandebele, Dr Buselaphi Gxowa and Pleasure Tsa Manyalo are the nominees.  

Founder of Basadi in Music Awards Hloni Modise-Matau revealed to the audience that after staging the first awards, she spent seven months in hospital because she was sad. 

“Everyone was saying it was great but I was sitting on a hospital bed alone, sad, confused, angry and not sure if I wanted to do this again. I was not sure because if I was to get the beating that I got surely that was not the path that God has chosen for me," Modise-Matau said.

“My father (referring to music legend Caiphus Semenya) is here today. He gave me the best gift which is teaching me to pray. I want to say thank you for that. 

“To come back again this year, it was the gift of prayer. Last year ended painfully for my team, family and friends. I realised that this is bigger than me and my team. My father has been in the industry for years and he is one of those unsung heroes who never got their flowers.”

For the Entertainment Radio Producer of the Year award, DJ Pru Luv from Metro FM, Ayanda Melanisi from Ukhozi FM, Phila Tyekana also from Metro FM, Kgoshigadi Rangata from Power 98.7 and Masego Thlakanye from 5FM are nominated. 

Entertainment Journalist of the Year nominees are Nokuthula Zwane from News24, Andiswa Ngenyane from Daily Sun, Nokubongwa Phenyane from Isolezwe, Masego Seemela from SMag (Sowetan Magazine) and Amanda Matshaka from SA Positive News. 

Reacting to her nomination, Seemela said most of what she does is never for recognition but purely for storytelling.

“I’ve been a journalist for 10 years and such a nomination is befitting in honour of a decade milestone. I must say it wasn’t an easy road – from being a shy and doubtful community journalist to growing into one’s own and being recognised as one of SA’s best entertainment raconteurs. 

“Such a nomination from Basadi in Music Awards is a reminder that the sacrifices I made and the lengths I went through to give quality and compelling reporting was not in vain and it is an honour to accept this nomination. It’s also good to know that I am seen in the media and entertainment industry, and like I always say, let’s make magic and vote.”

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