MTN SWAMA 2018

The MTN SWAMA Awards 2018 Nominees have been announced and voting is now open.

The highly anticipated MTN SWAMA Awards Nominee Launch was held on the 30th of June at Gigi’s, Royal Swazi.

These awards are the second edition of a concept created by The Swaziland Arts and Music Association (SWAMA) in partnership with Swazi MTN to celebrate and recognize musicians who have contributed to the growth of the music industry in the Kingdom of Eswatini.

This year we are going Bigger and Better, and have introduced two new categories to the awards, these being ‘Best Comedian’ and ‘Best Swati Artist in the Diaspora’.

As we celebrate 50 Years of Independence in The Kingdom of Eswatini, the awards theme this year is #Emvembili or #BackToTheFuture. This in essence is aimed at celebrating our history and heritage within in the of Arts and Music industry in the country, we are Taking it Back to The Future.

The voting lines are now open. We encourage you to vote for your favourite artist as many times as you like, and also follow us on our social media pages for regular updates on roadshows where you can watch them performing live as we build up to the main event to be held on 1 December 2018.

To vote:

SMS ‘Category , Artist Name’ to 6161. E1 / SMS.

The Nominees:

Best Gospel Artist

  • Banele Dlamini
  • Linda Dlamini
  • Skeel
  • Linda M
  • Phathwakahle
  • Nduduzo Matse

Best Collaboration

  • DJ 1D ft. Diba Diba, Qibho Intalektual & Jurie – Lendlela
  • DJ Master P ft. Mandisa, Mozaik & King Terry - MissBehave
  • Shepard Brothers ft. Velemseni - Gendza
  • Sifiso M ft. Nono – All to you
  • Tendaness ft. Bholoja & LO – Jika
  • Virus ft Sands – Overseas

Best Country Artist

  • Cleopatra
  • Dusty and Stones
  • Isaac Gamedze
  • Lerato

Best Swati Artist Based in the Diaspora (artist based outside of Eswatini)

  • Big Dreams
  • DJ Touch of Soul
  • Jazz P
  • Zamo
  • Sheejay Zoe

DJ of The Year

  • DJ 1D
  • DJ CYBOS
  • DJ Mavava
  • DJ Zulu D
  • The Scientists

Best House Artist

  • Dj Njebza
  • Slotta
  • Sifiso M
  • Speech Umlangeni
  • S-Tone
  • Dj Czar

Best Hip Hop Artist

  • Mozaik
  • King Terry
  • Lyrikal Busta
  • Kena
  • Mr. Kangaroo
  • Diba Diba
  • MP

Best Kwaito Artist

  • Candies Evolution
  • Immortal 7
  • Magaya
  • Metal Chains
  • Thiba

Best Reggae / Ragga / Dancehall Artist

  • Jack Rhallie
  • M. Triggerson
  • Plateau Roots
  • Umbutfo Nhlavu
  • Zairman

Best Traditional / Mbaqanga / Maskandi Artist

  • Majalibhunu (Maskandi)
  • Bocwephesha (Mbaqanga)
  • Sithobela Band (Mbaqanga)
  • Sontonzima (Maskandi)
  • Amathole Amahle (Maskandi)
  • Umajika (New Maskandi)

Best Jazz Artist

  • John Phillip
  • Quad Element
  • Soul friends
  • Step by Step

Best Afro-Pop Artist

  • Amanda Mo
  • Mvilas
  • Nomsa M
  • Zamo
  • Judah

Best Poet / Wordsmith

  • Beko The Story Teller
  • Majaha Nkonyane
  • Qibho Intalektual
  • Skeel
  • Zinyane Lebenguni
  • Thabani Maseko

Best Comedian

  • Dr. Shakes
  • Mandy
  • Mdura

Best Swati Soul Artist

  • Symphony
  • Velemseni
  • Zamo
  • Amanda Mo
  • Mr Music

Best R&B Artist

  • Adrienne Foo
  • Mandisa
  • Sasha
  • Zoe Genesis

Artist of The Year

  • Illa Penboy
  • Linda Dlamini
  • Mozaik
  • Symphony
  • Immortal 7
  • Nduduzo Matse

Female Artist of The Year

  • Adrienne Foo
  • Banele Dlamini
  • Symphony
  • Phathwakahle

Male Artist of The Year

  • Diba Diba - Diba WaNgwane
  • Kena - Litsemba lemaginsa
  • Linda Dlamini - From Lo Debar to Palace
  • Mozaik - Nearly Far
  • Mr. Kangaroo - Broke Superstar
  • Illa Penboy – Bra Wami

Best Producer

  • LO
  • Mozaik The Producer
  • Mr. Kangaroo
  • SubJamz
  • Squash
  • M. Seth
  • AOS

Newcomer of The Year

  • NR
  • Size Killa
  • Skhubash
  • Smokey&Wigo
  • Sthe Manyatsi
  • Umfana Webhejisa

Video of The Year

  • Dance for Mi - Lyrikal Busta
  • Jika - Tendaness ft. Bholoja & LO
  • Uwami - Amanda Mo
  • Woza woza - Sands
  • The Blow Up – Big Dreams feat Kwesta

Song of The Year

  • Dance for Mi – Lyrikal Busta
  • Gendza – Shepard Brothers ft. Velemseni
  • Jika – Tendaness ft. Bholoja & L.O
  • Lendlela – DJ 1D ft. Diba Diba, Qibho Intalektual & Jurie
  • MissBehave – DJ Master P ft. Mandisa, Mozaik & King Terry
  • Monarchial Democracy – Mshikishi
  • Right on Time – Mozaik
  • Tinyembeti – Zamo
  • Uwami – Amanda Mo
  • Yaya – 80 Script ft. Una Rams
  • Colors – King Terry
  • Lona Ngumnyaka Wetfu – Linda Dlamini

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