“Basadi In Music Awards” Nominees Announced

DBN Gogo, Nomfundo Moh and Pabi Cooper lead the pack with three nominations each for the inaugural Basadi in Music Awards.

The nominees, voted for by the public, were announced at an intimate virtual event held at Kaya959 studios in Johannesburg this afternoon celebrating girl power in music. Also announced was the prestigious CEO’s Mosadi in Business Achievement Award, the honour will be bestowed on a select few in recognition of their successes in business.


DBN Gogo is up for Artist of the Year, DJ of the Year and Song of the Year for Bambelela; while Pabi Cooper earned nods in SAMPRA Amapiano Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for Banyana ke Bafana. Nomfundo Moh is nominated in Kaya959 Afropop Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for Phakade Lami.

Sitting with two nominations, Makhadzi is in the running for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for Ghanama, so is Lerato Kganyago in the DJ of the Year and Entertainment Radio Presenter categories. She will also be honoured with the CEO’s Mosadi in Business Achievement Award.

Simmy also walked away with two nominations for Artist of the Year and Sofnfree Dance Artist of the Year while Chairo is nodded in Gospel Artist of the Year and Newcomer of the Year categories. Skye Wanda is up for the Songwriter of the Year and Kaya959 Afropop Artist of the Year and Jamie Lee Sexton is nominated in the Pop Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year categories.


DJ Zinhle is in the running for DJ of the Year category and will receive the CEO’s Mosadi in Business Achievement Award.


The categories for Kontemporêre Kunstenaar van die Jaar, Music Video Director of the Year,  Gqom Artist of the Year and Kwaito Artist of the Year  were abandoned because they did not receive any votes.

“Kaya 959 is proud to sponsor the Afropop category for the first annual Basadi in Music awards. To be a part of an event that honours women in their endeavours is truly a pleasure. Congratulations to all the nominees who continue to break boundaries in this often-male dominated industry, embrace their power through the music and entertain us every day” says Managing Director Sibongile Mtyali at Kaya 959.

AC Wines team said: “As AC Wines we are honored to sponsor the Jazz Category, because Jazz and wine mesh well together. They both allow innovators to express themselves in ways they would never otherwise be able to. We believe there is nothing greater than a glass of wine whilst listening to the jazz sound. Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it. – Steve Lacy”

Kiki Nadoda, Brand Manager of Sofnfree said: “The road to gender equality for women on our continent remains long and challenging, especially when it comes to the nuanced ways gender intersects with race, and sexuality. Sofnfree is proud to join with the first annual Basadi in Music awards to celebrate some of our most influential and powerful female voices, who equally give us hope and raise the bar of excellence in this art form. We wish each nominee the very best! You inspire us to greatness.” 

Hloni Modise, CEO and founder of Basadi in Music Awards commented: “We are proud of the calibre of nominees for the first ever Basadi in Music Awards. We send our congratulations and best wishes to our nominees. These awards have put power in the hands of the fan, the supporter and lover of South African music. We owe a debt of gratitude to the voters who were so keen an enthusiastic to vote their favourites in. We call on them again to vote for the winners who will walk away with the prestigious trophies of Basadi in Music Awards. A note of appreciation also goes out to Kaya959 who hosted us today and all the generous sponsors of Basadi in Music Awards.”

To vote for your favourite nominee; SMS the category code and nominee name to 49960. Each SMS is at a cost of R2 with no limit to the number of times the public can vote for their favourites. Closing date 31 July 2022 Midnight. Terms and conditions apply.

See the complete list of nominees below.


SAMPRA Amapiano Artist of the year    


DJ Fonzi

Kamo Mphela   


Pabi Cooper


Kaya959 Afropop artist of the year         

Phumla Music   


Amanda Black   

Nomfundo Moh

Skye Wanda      


SofnFree Dance artist of the year            

Lady X  

Lalova Fox          


Rethabile Khumalo         



Gospel artist of the year              

Bathabile Skhosana        



Puleng March   



Newcomer of year         


Buhle Womculo

Millie Ngwalangwala     




Rap/Hiphop artist of the year   


Gigi Lamayne    


Nadia Nakai       



Songwriter of the year 



Jamie Lee Sexton            


Skye Wanda      


Traditional artist of the year      

Basetsana Ba Setso        

Candy Tsamandebele    

Mphoroku Moritini         


Zipho Radebe   


Pop artist of the year    

Jamie Lee Sexton            

Jacky Carpede  

Holly Rey            




AC Wines Jazz artist of the year

Zodwa Mabena

Linda Tshabalala              

Shannon Mowday          

Thembelihle Dunjana    

Zoe Modiga       


Artist of the year            


Pabi Cooper      

DBN Gogo          

Holly Rey            


Nomfundo moh               



DJ of the year   

DJ Zinhle             

DBN Gogo          

Lamiez Holworthy           

Lerato Kganyago             

Lesego M            


Social Media Influencer of the year        

Bad Milk              

Khanyisa Patricia              


Mihlali Ndamase             

Yaya Mavundla                 


Entertainment Radio Producer of the year          Name of Show

Hlengiwe Khumalo                                                          The Glenzito Super drive

Nthabiseng Mamabolo                                                 better together

Nthabiseng Molapo                                                        Jozi FM Local Top 20

Phila Tyekana                                                                     The Touch Down

Prudence Mathebula                                                    The Midday Link up


Entertainment Radio Presenter of the year         Name of Show

Anele Mdoda                                                                    Anele and the Club (947)

Jabulile Vilakazi                                                                Ghetto Sound Zone (SK FM)

Lebo Jojo Mokoena                                                         Opulent Life (Opulence Radio)

Lerato Kganyago                                                              The Midday Link up (Metro FM)

Minenhle Masondo                                                       Behind the curtain (Imvula FM)


Music TV Show Presenter                                           Name of show

Anele Zondo                                                                     Massive Music

Helicopter Ndlovu                                                          Ugubhulwami

Lalla Hirayama                                                                  Massive Music

Lamiez Holworthy                                                           Live Amp

Lootlove                                                                             Mzanzi Magic Music Specials


Entertainment Journalist of the year                     Name of publication

Amanda Maliba                                                         Sowetan

Doreen Molefe                                                                Daily Sun

Kedibone Modise                                                           The Star

Patience Bambalele                                                 Sowetan

Qhama Dayile                                                                   Drum Magazine


Song of the year               Song

Pabi Cooper                    Banyana ke bafana (Pabi Cooper, Focalistic & Ch’cco feat LuuDadeejay & Nobantu Vilakazi)

DBN Gogo                       Bambelela   (DBN Gogo & Felo Lee Tee feat Pabi Cooper & Young Stunna)

Makhadzi                        Ghanama  (Makhadzi feat prince Benza)

Nomfundo Moh               Phakade lami  (Nomfundo Moh feat Sha Sha & Ami Faku)

Shekhinah                       Questions


Stylist of the year           

Boitumelo Katali              

Mbalenhle Pokwane      

Thobeka Mbane              

Tsakane Ndlovu

Tshiamo Modisane         


Recipients of the  CEO’s Mosadi In Business Achievement Award            


Dineo Ranaka                     Founder of Luvdr beauty

DJ Zinhle                              Founder of Era by DJ Zinhle, Hair Majesty & CEO at Boulevard Rose

Lerato Kganyago              Founder of Flutter By LKG & CEO of OTAREL



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