The nominees, voted for by the public, were announced at an intimate virtual event held at Kaya959 studios in Johannesburg. The prestigious CEO’s Mosadi in Business Achievement Award was also announced.
Recipients of the CEO’s Mosadi In Business Achievement Award include founder of Luvdr Beauty Dineo Ranaka, founder of Era DJ Zinhle and founder of Flutter Lerato Kganyago.
DBN Gogo is up for Artist of the Year, DJ of the Year and Song of the Year for Bambelela; while Pabi Cooper earned nods in Sampra Amapiano Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for Banyana ke Bafana. Nomfundo Moh is nominated in Kaya959 Afropop Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for Phakade Lami.
Sitting with two nominations, Makhadzi is in the running for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for Ghanama, so is Lerato Kganyago in the DJ of the Year and Entertainment Radio Presenter categories. She will also be honoured with the CEO’s Mosadi in Business Achievement Award.
Simmy also walked away with two nominations for Artist of the Year and Sofnfree Dance Artist of the Year while Chairo is nodded in Gospel Artist of the Year and Newcomer of the Year categories. Skye Wanda is up for the Songwriter of the Year and Kaya959 Afropop Artist of the Year and Jamie Lee Sexton is nominated in the Pop Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year categories.
DJ Zinhle is in the running for DJ of the Year category and will receive the CEO’s Mosadi in Business Achievement Award.
The categories for Kontemporêre Kunstenaar van die Jaar, Music Video Director of the Year, Gqom Artist of the Year and Kwaito Artist of the Year were abandoned because they did not receive any votes.
“Kaya 959 is proud to sponsor the Afropop category for the first annual Basadi in Music awards. To be a part of an event that honours women in their endeavours is truly a pleasure. Congratulations to all the nominees who continue to break boundaries in this often-male dominated industry, embrace their power through the music and entertain us every day” says Kaya 959 managing director Sibongile Mtyali.
Hloni Modise, CEO and founder of Basadi in Music Awards, said, “We are proud of the calibre of nominees for the first-ever Basadi in Music Awards. We send our congratulations and best wishes to our nominees. These awards have put power in the hands of the fan, the supporter and lover of South African music. We owe a debt of gratitude to the voters who were so keen and enthusiastic to vote their favourites in. We call on them again to vote for the winners who will walk away with the prestigious trophies of Basadi in Music Awards. A note of appreciation also goes out to Kaya959 who hosted us today and all the generous sponsors of Basadi in Music Awards.”
To vote for your favourite nominee, SMS the category code and nominee name to 49960. Each SMS is at a cost of R2 with no limit to the number of times the public can vote for their favourites. The closing date for voting is 31 July 2022 at midnight. Terms and conditions apply.
The complete list of nominees:
Kaya959 Afropop artist of the year
SofnFree Dance artist of the year
Gospel artist of the year
Newcomer of year
Rap/Hiphop artist of the year
Songwriter of the year
Traditional artist of the year
Pop artist of the year
AC Wines Jazz artist of the year
Artist of the year
DJ of the year
Social Media Influencer of the year
Entertainment Radio Producer of the year
Music TV Show Presenter
Entertainment Journalist of the year
Song of the year
Stylist of the year