Nasty C prepares to take the SAMAs
Nasty C. (Photo: Supplied)
Johannesburg - History appears to be repeating itself as singers and musicians signed to record labels Mabala Noise and Ambitiouz prepare to clean up at the South African Music Awards.
Mabala Noise’s Nasty C, real name David Ngcobo, leads with seven nominations including: Best Newcomer, Best Male artist, Best Album, Best Rap Album, Best Music Video and, Record of the year – the nominees for which were announced on Friday night on SABC1’s Live Amp.
This comes after he won four big gongs at the MetroFM music awards in February – including the coveted Song of the Year – to much controversy.
Ngcobo, signed to the record label owned by ANC Youth League treasurer Reggie Nkabinde, was surprised yesterday morning.
“It feels good and it’s not something that I saw it coming. As I’ve been always saying, I don’t work or make music for awards. But if anything, I would love to take home Best Album of the year,” he said. Ngcobo told City Press he owes his success to his later mother and grandmother. And how does he deal with the haters?
“I go harder and give them more reason to hate,” he says.
For the SAMAs, Ngcobo is going head to head with Kwesta – real name, Senzo Vilakazi – who is not among those signed to Mabala or Ambitiouz. The Sony Music sign-up bagged six nominations: for Best Male artist, two for Best Collaboration, Best Album, Best Rap, and record of the year.
Vilakazi says it felt good when your fans show you some love.
“The love has been real. This shows that my 2016 didn’t go to waste,” said Vilakazi, who celebrated his traditional wedding to sweetheart Yolanda Mvelase earlier this month.
Asked how he felt to go head-to-head with Ngcobo, he said he respects Nasty C as one of the country’s most talented rappers.
Vilakazi, who has been in the music industry for a decade, says hard work pays off, and he hoped to take home the Best Rap album award.
“This is the closest category for me because I’m a rapper,” he said.
Amanda Black, real name Amanda Anthony, racked up five nominations: Best Newcomer, Best Female, Best Album, Best R&B Soul Reggae album and Record of the year.
Antony said: “It feels so amazing and I’m so excited about these five nominations. My first album is doing so well and I’m so grateful to South Africans for their love and support. It is them that made this possible for me,” said Antony. She added she could very well have released an album which people wouldn’t have listened to and which wasn’t a success.
“I’m generally at a certain period on making great music and giving it to the people. I never saw this coming, but God’s plans just happen. I didn’t know I was going to make it this soon after Idols (2015 in which she was eliminated in the top 16), because in my plans I thought I was going to make it when I’m old and matured. But it everything happened so fast,” she said.