By SYDNEY MORWENG
Black Coffee has emerged as the leader in the Best Dance category during the launch of much awaited Metro Fm Music Awards last night.
The soft-speaking Black Coffee -who has five nominations – has been paired alongside Kent, Liquid Deep and DJ Fisherman.
In Best Produced Album, he faces both Liquideep and DJ Kent again, as well as Simphiwe Dana and Uju. Songstress Simphiwe Dana has been nominated in Best Female category and it might not be a walk in the park as she goes up against Maduvha, Nomfusi, and 999’s Pale.
In Best Male, Zola pops up against Zakes Bantwini, HHP and Tumi. The beleaguered kwaito star is also nominated under Best Kwaito. He goes up agains L’Vovo, Mandoza, Howza and Professor, who is so hot right now with Jezebel.
Jozi have come out smiling with four nominations for their album, Wildlife. They have been nominated in Best Hip-Hop against Deep Level -who also have four nominations- HHP, Tumi and Kuli Chana. The battle between Deep Level, Kuli Chana and Jozi should be interesting to music critics.
Jozi are also the leaders in (the pretty gay category) and Best Styled Artist/Group. Their competitors are Phila, Phumeza, Stoan & Speedy and, oddly enough, Mandoza.
Another high scorer, with four nominations, is DJ Kent.
He features in Hit Single of the Year with Black Coffee, JR, DJ Clock and Miza. His big hit with Relo, I Can’t Survive is nominated in Best Collaboration of the Year with Vetkoek & Mahoota, Stoan & Speedy.
Due to financial constraints which hit SABC in general the awards were not held last year, however, this time around Mbombela Municipality rescued the situation.
Nelspruit are the host province for the awards ceremony on November 27.
Voting lines are open and members of the public are invited to support their favourite artist by SMSing the exact category e.g. Song of the Year, Best R&B Album followed by their nomination to 34764.
All SMSes are charged at R2. Visit www.metrofm.co.za. On November 9, the final three nominations in each of the categories will be announced. Then another round of voting will take place before the award ceremony.