Four local musicians Samantha Mogwe, Zeus, Punah Gabasiane Molale and Vee have been pitted against the continent’s best artistes in the annual African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) race penciled for Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Dallas on October 10.
The nominations were released last week.
The AFRIMMA is sole award ceremony in the diaspora that caters to all musical genres including but not limited to Gospel, Afrobeats, Assiko, Genge, and Kwaito.
African music is currently gaining global recognition at a rapid pace and the awards create a platform that promotes the diversity of African music.
Zeus and Vee are nominated for the Best Male Southern Africa category.
The local artistes are pitted against South African controversial rapper AKA, Mzanzi’s fashionable artist Donald, his award winning homeboy Cassper Nyovest as well as Zambia’s Slap Dee.
Also nominated in the same category are Namibian artist The Doff, and Zimbabwean Stunner.
The category is dominated mostly by the best Hip Hop artistes and Vee’s fans will have to ensure that they seriously vote for their Kwaito Kwasa star to emerge victorious.
The local lads should take into account that some nominees such as Cassper are a force to reckon with given that he was recently crowned MTV Africa Music Awards’ best.
This will be Zeus ‘second appearance at the AFRIMMAs as he was nominated alongside Kearoma Rantao last year.
Zeus and some of the nominees in their category stand a better chance as most of most of them are regulars on music channels such as Channel O and Mtv Africa Music Awards.
Meanwhile Punah and Samantha’s fans will have to intensely vote to ensure that one of the local songstresses walks away with the Best female Southern Africa title.
The two musicians find them in a tight race that entails former Big brother Africa contestant Ice Queen Cleo from Zambia and South African’s best performers Bucie, Toya De Lazy and Busiwa and Lizha James from Mozambique.
Local duo will have to embark on a campaign to earn votes as their contenders have been making circles on DStv programmes and other popular television shows which alone is a mileage to getting a broader fan-base.