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.