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Groove Cartel, Maghebula lead BOMU nominations

Groove Cartel, a House production, set the pace with five nominations in the BOMU music awards which are set to return on December 16.
By Staff Writer Sun 21 Dec 2014, 11:14 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Groove Cartel, Maghebula lead BOMU nominations








The nominees announcement was hosted on Tuesday evening in Gaborone. The trendy duo are vying for the Best House music category (along with DJ Fondo, Boogie Sid, Lee), Best Sleeve Design,(along with Tshepo Lesole, BK Proctor, Nnunu), Best Video(with Shanti Lo, Euri, Mapetla), Best Group( With Ekentolo, Seragantshwane, MMP) and Best Club DJ (against Gouvier, Fondo, DJ Timmy).

Maghebula of Gata ka lekeke fame could also bag his first BOMU awards. The soldier man  deservingly has  a song of the year nomination for Ga ta ka lekeke, best male artist of the year,  and best traditional.Kwaito trio, MMP were also the surprise package on the evening  of the  nominees announcement; They have three nominations for  BEST GROUP, Best kwaito, Best newcomer.  But the most interesting tussle could be for the female artist of the year where Berry Heart and  Nnunu Ramogotsi are fighting it out for the first time. They are  among the top  hard working  women musicians in  the country to date. Nnunu, in a year that she launched her debut album, Mmasonoko, has been appearing in several corporate gigs dishing out  her tunes  with gusto. Sometimes entering the stage carried aloft by muscle-men, she has exhibited style and talent, be it as a member of the women of jazz, alongside Punah and Kearoma, or in her solo bookings.

For her impressive efforts Nnunu was on Tuesday rewarded with four BOMU award nominations for Best Jazz  artist, Best female artist, best Sleeve design for her album, and Best Album. Female musical poet Berry Heart could also end the year on a high in what has largely been a great year for the  performing star. She notched two BOMU Award nominations for best female artist and best folk music. If she goes on to clinch both it would cap a highly eventful year for the talented and hard working poet who is also currently Miss BOMU Queen.  A month ago she was honoured by the United Nations, when she was  the only performing artist selected from Botswana to attend a workshop in South Africa  aimed  at artists like her who can use spoken word poetry to address issues related to women and children abuse. She has also released a charity album aimed at raising funds for the  under privileged children. The album was produced locally by producers from Union and Malawi, and was sponsored by the department of Culture.

2012 has been a year of corporate shows for Berry Heart both here and in South Africa, but  she will have to fend off competition from the sexy Slizer, Jazz woman Nnunu, and newcomer, Jojo, for the title.2012 sensation A.T.I has been nominated in the song of the year category ( Ke Lekhete), along with afro-jazz man, Thabang(Ke a gana), and Maghebula (Ga taka lekeke)Sexy Slizer has also notched three BOMU award nominations for Best DVD, best Female artist and Best kwaito-kwasa.Charma gal will perhaps feel its high time she releases the Ekentolo albums under her own name. She has not featured anywhere as best female artist but her Ekentolo project has notched two nominations for best Mosakaso and Best group. 

A bit of controversy there considering that this year's awards are supposed to take into account songs released between 2009-2012. Ironically, Ekentolo's hits Chika, and Sia le Matebele, have not made it into the song of the year nomination list.



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