South Africa-based jazzman Bothwell “Bekezela” Nkomo has been nominated at this year’s South African Afro Music Awards (SAAFMA) and he is over the moon about the achievement.
The awards which are in their third edition are set to take place on August 24 at the Wits University’s Great Hall in Johannesburg.
Bekezela, who is making waves with his smash hit Amanzi featuring his fellow Muthaland stable mate Ntando Bangani is nominated for Best Afro artiste alongside songstress Amanda Black and Afrotraction.
Speaking from his base in the city of gold, the Amakhosi theatre graduate revealed that he was happy with the nomination and he was looking forward to scooping the accolade.
“I collaborated with Candy of the Tsa Mandebele fame on the song Hupenyu Unenge Vhiri which also won the title for Candy’s album. This made me believe more in myself because the project I worked on with her won the Best Traditional Album gong at this year’s South African Music Awards.
“I am excited with the recognition I received this year at the SAAFMAs and being nominated with the likes of Amanda Black and Afrotraction is a sign that my music has impact in most people’s lives and am looking forward in scooping the accolade,” said Bekezela.
Back home, recently Bekezela scooped an award for Outstanding Ambassador in the Republic of South Africa and he revealed that he is always grateful with love that he always receives from his mother city.
As he was not available during the night of the awards which were held at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Hall 3, the Bekezela hit maker revealed that he was willing to do a show in Bulawayo to make up for that absence.
“I have so much love for Bulawayo because this is the city that made me to be the star I am today and I am grateful with the love I always receive from my fans koNtuthu Ziyathunqa.
“I will be around Bulawayo in September and I am willing to engage with the Intwasa Arts Festival to stage a one-man performance during the festival,” said Bekezela.
Bekezela also revealed that his fellow stable mates including Asphelelanga hit-maker Vusi Nova, 047, Ntando and former Accapella group The Soil front-man Ntsika Ngxanga were planning a show in the city on dates yet to be announced.
“We are planning to also do a show with my friends in Bulawayo because they love the city so much such that they always ask me when I am taking them to Bulawayo.
“As such, we have come up with an initiative to stage a show in the city with the dates yet to be confirmed. Stakeholders and various promoters who are willing to work with us are welcome to push this initiative,” said Bekezela.