South African artists get noticed


19 June 2014

The South African music flag is flying high at this year’s Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards with not one, but three nominations, for local musicians.

Rapper AKA and acapella group The Soil have been nominated for Best International Act: Africa and hip-hop musician and producer Cassper Nyovest is up for the Viewer’s Choice Award: Best New International Act.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast on DSTV channel 129 on 30 June at 8.10pm.

Congratulations pour in

Proud fans took to Twitter in response.

‏@koo_lee_can tweeted: “@akaworldwide thank you for representing S.A hip hop.”

‏@ImKhweziN tweeted: “Let’s go get that BET award now!” and ‏@KayGeeMarley congratulated the nominees, saying history would be made.

“I really hope The Soil win the BET award this year. They’re different and stand out!” tweeted ‏@bantsunduncapha.

Other nominees

AKA and The Soil are nominated alongside Congolese artist Fally Ipupa, Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie, Kenyan afro-group Sauti Sol, Ghanaian reggae musician Stonebwoy, Nigerian R&B diva Yemi Alade and Nigeria’s Wizkid.

In his category, Nyovest is up against Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo, the UK’s George the Poet and Mic Lowry, Ghana’s MzVee and France’s Novelists.

BET created the awards in 2001 to celebrate and honour African American and other minorities in the music and entertainment industry. As with most awards shows in the industry, it is a glittering affair, with performances from popular artists. This year, Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, among others, will take to the stage.

SAinfo reporter