26 April 2017

Nasty C leads – SAMA23 nominees announced

Rapper Nasty C does it again and this time he walked away with six nominations for the South African Music Awards (SAMA23).

The young rapper, who became the talk of town when he won four awards at the Metro FM Music Awards, is leading the pack for this year's SAMAs. His debut album "Bad Hair Extensions" earned him nods in categories such as Best Newcomer, Best Male and Best Rap.

Kwesta received five nods, while Amanda Black, another newcomer who has stolen the hearts of Mzansi bagged four.

Karabo received a nod for Best R&B/Soul Reggae Album and he will be competing with the likes of Amanda Black and Brenda Mtambo in this category.

"I'm very excited about this, it is my first nomination and I'm nominated in the category that I was hoping for, so it is a dream for me," Karabo told BET Africa during the event held at Destiny Exclusive Hotel in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg.

Amanda Black told BET Africa that "As a musician coming up, you put your all and hope for the best and this for me, it is amazing. I'm just 23 years-old just stepping out and the reception has been overwhelming."

Kelly Khumalo who has been in the music industry for 13 years received two nods for her album "My Truth" for Best Female Artist of the Year and Best African Adult Album.

"In this album I poured out my heart, I told my story and it feels great to know that people find comfort in my story. I'm excited about the nominations, if you've been in the game for as long as I have, it always feels good to be reminded that you are still on the right track," Kelly said.

In the Best African Artist category, Nigerian's Patoranking is up against the legendary Oliver Mtukudzi, Jay Prayzah, Vee Mampeezy and Vuyo Katsha.

The SAMA23 main event will be held on 27 May 2017 at the Sun City resort in North West province.

Thulile Gama