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The 13th Metro FM Music Awards celebrates '20 years of beat'

Rhodé Marshall

Get ready for the 13th annual Metro FM Music Awards, held in Durban for the second consecutive year.

Afro-pop group Mafikizolo made a strong comeback into the music industry last year with the release of 'Reunited'. (Gallo)

This weekend, for the second consecutive year, the 13th annual Metro FM Music Awards will be held in Durban. 

The theme of the awards show, taking place on Saturday March 1, is "Celebrating 20 Years of Beat" – a showcase of the journey of South African music over the past 20 years.  

This year the show will be hosted by two of Metro FM's presenters, Phat Joe and Pearl Thusi. Award-winners are chosen based on public votes. 

Afro-pop group Mafikizolo made a strong comeback into the music industry last year with the release of Reunited. Mafikizolo has been nominated in four categories with two of their songs competing for the song of the year award.

One of the highly contested categories this year is for the best dance album award, which sees producers Uhuru, Mi Casa, Lulo Café, Heavy K and Zakes Bantwini compete against each other. 

This year only three rappers were nominated in the best hip-hop album category, namely iFani, Kwesta and L-Tido.

However, four rappers were nominated in the best music video category, along with Donald.

Da Les for Heaven, Khuli Chana's hit Mnatebawen, Ghetto Ruff artist Veezo for Money, Sex, Clothes, Girls, Xhosa rapper iFani for Milli and Donald's Your Joy.

The awards will be held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Conference Centre (ICC), and will be broadcast live on SABC1, at 8pm. 

Full list of nominees:

Best African pop album

  • Mafikizolo – Reunited 
  • Zahara – Phendula 
  • Naima Kay – Umsebenzi 
  • Danny K – Good Look
  • Ntando – Monday to Sunday

Best compilation album

  • Euphonik – For the Love of House Vol. 5
  • Soul Candi Sessions – 2014
  • The Fresh Drive – Ultimix @ 6 Vol. 4
  • DJ T-Deep – Fundamentals of House
  • DJ Fresh – Fresh House Flava Vol. 7

Best dance album

  • Uhuru – Our Father
  • Mi Casa – Su Casa
  • Lulo Café – Soul Africa
  • Heavy K – Respect the Drumboss 2013
  • Zakes Bantwini – My Music Bible

Best female artist

  • Zama Jobe – Thula Mntwana
  • Zahara – Phendula
  • DJ Cndo – Finest Lady of House Vol. 5
  • Indwe – Indwe
  • Naima Kay – Umsebenzi

Best duo/group

  • Mi Casa – Su Casa
  • Mafikizolo – Reunited 
  • Muzart – Muzart 
  • Uhuru – Our Father
  • Big Nuz – Made in Africa

Best hit single

  • DJ Ganyani – Xigubu
  • Khuli Chana – Mnatebawen 
  • Black Coffee – Buya 
  • AKA – Kontrol
  • Gino Brown – Body Language

Best urban jazz album

  • Julius Schultz – Colour Blind
  • Zama Jobe – Thula Mntwana
  • Indwe – Indwe
  • Swazi Dlamini – Soul of Me 
  • Nomfundo – Kusile

Best Kwaito Album

  • Character – Self Control
  • Big Nuz – Made in Africa
  • Alaska – Revival 
  • Mandoza – Sgantsontso

Best male artist

  • Zakes Bantwini – My Music Bible
  • Vusi Nova – Walk Into Light
  • iFani – I Believes In Me
  • Lulo Café – Soul Africa
  • Culoe De Song – Exodus

Best Newcomer

  • Muzart – Muzart 
  • Happy – Ahead of Time
  • iFani – I Believes In Me
  • Naima Kay – Umsebenzi 
  • Indwe – Indwe 

Best R'nB album

  • GB Collective – Collective Conscience
  • Presss – Black
  • Vusi Nova – Walk Into Light 
  • Danny K – Good Look
  • Lungi Naidoo – I Am 

Best urban gospel album

  • Takie Ndou – Palmist 
  • Thapelo Tau – Sediba Sa Nnete
  • Judith Sephuma – The Experience 
  • We Will Worship – YHWH
  • Nqubeko Mbatha – Sentiments of a Worshiper

Best collaboration

  • Revolution ft Black Motion, Yasira – Noqatiko
  • Mafikizolo ft May D – Happiness
  • Uhuru ft Oskido, Professor, DJ Bucks – Y-Tjukuja
  • Lulo Café ft Black Motion Nape Leon – Whistling to Bed
  • DJ Ganyani ft FB – Xigubu

Song of the year

  • Mi Casa – Jika 
  • Mafikizolo &Puih; Happiness 
  • Mafikizolo – Khona 
  • Heavy K – Wena 
  • Uhuru – Y-Tjukuj
  • Big Nuz – Inazo 
  • Big Nuz – Hawaii
  • Zahara – Phendula 
  • Lulo Café – Whistling To Bed 
  • Naima Kay – Lelilanga (remix)

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