ZIO MWALE, Lusaka
RAPPER Cleo Ice Queen is the only female local artiste to be nominated for the African Music Awards (AMI Awards Afrika) to be held in Uganda in March.
Cleo, who has been nominated thanks to her song Fever, will compete alongside Londie London (He Goes – South Africa), Sally Boss Madam (What You Say – Namibia), Shashl (No More – Zimbabwe), Lizha James (Mutxangana – Mozambique) and Zahara (Mgodi – South Africa) for Best Female Artiste – southern Africa.
Others in the category are Dama Do Bling (Lagrimas De Mãe featuring Vekina – Mozambique), Amantle Brown (Black Mampatile – Botswana), Neyma (Gigolo featuring Eva Alordiah – Mozambique) and Babes Wodumo (Jiva Phez’kombhede – South Africa).
But the Zambian male artistes have dominated the Best Male Artiste – southern Africa; Roberto, Slap D, Chester, B1 and T-Bwoy will compete against Nasty C and Cassper Nyovest (South Africa), Kalux and Tate Buti (Namibia) and Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe).
The annual awards are scheduled for March 24 at Serena Hotel in Kampala. There are over 30 categories being competed for by artistes from across the African continent. The awards are aimed at building bridges between different African cultures.
Roberto told the Weekend Mail in Lusaka that it is good to see Zambian male artistes making the majority of nominees for the Best Male Artiste – southern Africa.
He says if there is one thing this points to, it is the fact that Zambian music is slowly gaining international recognition having already been embraced on the local front.
“It’s something that every Zambian musician needs,” Roberto says. “Right now, I am very proud because if one of us wins, then the country wins. I wish myself and my fellow musicians all the best.”
Slap D is nominated thanks to his song Forget You, which features Kalu Konga while for Chester, it is Suzana and Roberto – Vitamin U, on which he features Vanessa Mdee. B1 is for his song Show Me Your Money and T-Bwoy is going with Don’t Lead Me On, where he collaborates with T-Sean.
Nasty C has NDA while Jah Prayzah is competing with Nziyo Yerudo on which he features Yemi Alade while Kalux has Kudurupa. Cassper Nyovest has staked Baby Girl while Tate Buti has Olusheno that features Young T.
AMI are multi-cultural awards with the sole purpose of honouring African artistes and musicians, arts and cultures, entertainment humanitarian acts, entertainment leaders, entertainment entrepreneurs and the creative spirit of ordinary people who have captured audiences for generations and challenged the public’s understanding through their arts and works.