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MBABANE – The countdown to Eswatini’s biggest music awards is on.

Last Saturday evening, local entertainers and industry players gathered at Royal Swazi , Gigi’s Lounge for an evening of  celebrating  the nominees for this year’s MTN SWAMA Awards, set to take place in December.
The annual MTN SWAMA Awards nominees were announced to members of the media and the music industry. Local afro soul singer, Nomzamo ‘Zamo’ Dlamini, who is now based in South Africa, is the front-runner for this year’s awards. She scooped  four nominations which are under best Swati artist based in the diaspora nominees, best afro-pop artist nominees, best Swati soul artist nominees, song of the year nominee’s categories. This makes her the most nominated artist this year.

The nominees were announced by a star panel of the local industry players, which include the likes of former SWAMA President Lutfo Dlamini, MTN BUSHFIRE Director Jiggs Thorne, HipNotik Founder Sakhile Nkambule and Hip Hop artists KrTC, who was also the MC for the night. Announcing the song of the year category was Princess Sakhizwe. Joining this stellar line-up of artists in announcing nominees for the MTN SWAMA Awards was MTN CEO Ambrose Dlamini. “The MTN SWAMA Awards represents the highest accolade for achievement in the arts of recorded music,” said Dlamini when he made his remarks. “The awards capture the defining spirit of music in the country, and we get the chance to celebrate our finest music talent.


The CEO said they can’t wait for the final event in December to take place, as they expect it to be at an international standard. “We increased our sponsorship to E700 000,  to ensure that the event is of the highest international standard,” he added. Adding a vote of thanks was SWAMA President Melusi Zox Dlamini, who also expressed his excitement. Currently, SWAMA membership stands at 103 members. The new initiative is expected to increase membership by up to three times.


Membership is open to musicians, singers, producers, composers, artist managers, poets, dancers, choreographers, comedians, actors, actresses, theatre directors, fine and visual artists, authors, arts activists, among all other forms of arts, as well as interested individuals. The launch lasted for a good three hours, with guests treated to food and beverages while they socialised and cheered on their nominated industry peers.

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