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SA: Mzantsi Jazz Awards announce 2022 nominees

The nominees for the sixth edition of Mzantsi Jazz Awards (MJA) have bee announced ahead of the presentation ceremony at Soweto Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 22 August.


Melorie Jane received five nominations. Photo: Facebook


The event seeks to celebrate and recognise the rich heritage and contribution of jazz music, jazz artists and radio stations in the country.

The Best Jazz Album, Best Jazz Song, Best International Jazz Album/Artist and Best Radio Station Playing Jazz categories are open for public voting. To vote, SMS 40439.

Below is the full list of nominees:

Best Jazz Album

  • (BJ2) Tanz Nero – Up To the Minute.

  • (BJ3) Melorie Jane – More Or Less.

  • (BJ5) Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane – Music From My People (BJ4) Roland Moses – Paths Of Light.

  • (BJ6) Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O – Umdali.

  • (BJ7) The Jazz Catz – Con Fusion.

Best Jazz Song

  • (BS2) Melorie Jane – Mr Tswai.

  • (BS4) Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O – Ntate Gwangwa's Stroll (BS5) Roland Moses – African Sun.

  • (BS3)Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane – 1976.

  • (BS6) Muneeb Hermans Quintet – One For HP.

  • (BS9) Kgethi Nkotsi – Dipopayi.

Best Radio Station Playing Jazz

  • (BR1) Kofifi FM 97.2

  • (BR2) Vibe FM 94.7

  • (BR3) Thetha FM 100.6

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

  • Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane – Music From My People.

  • Tanz Nero – Up To The Minute.

  • Roland Moses – Paths Of Light.

  • Melorie Jane – More Or Less.

  • The Jazz Catz – Con Fusion.

Best Traditional Jazz Album

  • Mduduzi Magwaza – Siyabonga Njinji.

  • Mthobisi Mthalane – Mthobisi Mthalane Live At Playhouse.

  • Sandile Masilela – Mbazo Jazz.

  • Azah Mphago – Ngoma Dza Maphungubwe.

  • Cebo Ngema – Ulibo Lokuqala (First Fruit).

  • Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O – Umdali.

Best Female Jazz Artist

  • Melorie Jane

Best Male Jazz Artist

  • Ndivhuho NL

  • Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O Roland Moses

  • Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane Tanz Nero

  • Muneeb Hermans Quintet

Best Newcomer Jazz

  • Timothy Ehrenreich

  • Muneeb Hermans Quintet

  • Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O

  • Kghethi Nkotsi

  • Sandile Masilela

  • Melorie Jane

Best International Jazz Collaboration

  • Nlite

  • The Jazz Catz

Best International Jazz Album/Artist

  • Somi – Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba (BF3).

  • Azah Lawrence – A New Sky (BF2).

By Ano Shumba

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