THE days to the second Eastern Cape Music Awards are drawing closer and the nominees’ list has been issued.
The Eastern Cape Music Awards (ECMAs) is the brainchild of Koko Godlo, a well-renowned talent scout who has produced big names in the entertainment and sports industries.
Due to his vision and realising the need to nurture, provide exposure and to celebrate our own artists, the ECMAs first came to life last year.
After having 21 categories last year, they have downed them to 15 this year, which include artist of the year, song of the year, best male, best female, best hip-hop, best kwaito, best afro-pop, best gospel group, best traditional group to name a few.
Godlo said there has been a great industry buzz as artists and supporters alike eagerly await the announcement of the nominees for the second edition of the ECMAs, an event which is scheduled to take place on October 29 at the multipurpose 4000-seater Christian Centre, which is located in Abbotsford, East London.
East London artists such as Zahara, Berita, Mobi Dixon, Butho Vuthela are among the artists who are contesting for the artist of the year category.
Mdantsane FM, Kumkani FM and Izwilethemba FM are nominated in the best community radio station category this year.
“These second annual ECMAs are going to create more than 1000 job opportunities and big business for our SMMEs, hotels, Bed and Breakfast, shops and the transport industry,” Godlo said.
“ It will also bring millions to our province, especially to the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality.”
To vote, SMS “ECMAS”, category, name of artist or radio station to 33459.
Voting lines are open.
“The more you vote, the greater the chances that your favourites will be the winners on the night. May the best artist win. See you on October 29 at Abbotsford Christian Centre in East London at 7pm and you can get your ticket for R200 at the Computicket,” Godlo said.