NELSON Mandela Bay artists lifted three gongs at the MetroFM Awards at the weekend. Nomfundo Xaluva, Heavy K Siqula and Vusi Nova helped prove the Bay has talent.
New Brighton-born Xaluva, 29, was the first artist called to collect her award for best urban jazz album at the awards evening in Durban.
“The ceremony had just started and I could not believe it when they called my name. I jumped when I heard them calling me,” said Xaluva.
The jazz artist said she was thrilled and relieved at the same time.
“This was my first nomination and I did not think I was going to win but it shows that I am doing the right thing for my fans.”
She was accompanied to the stage by her mother Buli.
Before thanking her fans, Xaluva presented her award to her mother.
“She deserved it because I wouldn’t be where I am if it was not for her.” Heavy K, 22, of Veeplaas, was excited when he was lauded for the best dance album.
Wearing a yellow T-shirt and black pants, Heavy K made his way to the stage where he thanked God.
“I was nominated in two categories and with that alone I already knew I was a winner.”
Heavy K said he had always wanted to get people to dance. “I come from the dusty streets of Veeplaas and I had one thing on my mind – to produce music that will make people dance.”
He was grateful for all the opportunities given to him.
“I come from nothing but today I am a MetroFM award winner. I am taking this award straight to PE.
“My fans and those who voted for me should know that a big party is coming soon,” the Wena star said.
Dwesi-born Nova won a gong for being the best styled artist.
“I was not dressed by anyone in particular. It’s just that I know how to put my stuff together. I go to shops like Zara and they have never failed me,” Nova said.
Nova also thanked his brother Sisa Hena who plays Sikhumbuzo on SABC 3’s Isidingo.
Zahara, who dominated the MetroFM awards in 2011, did not win anything this year.
New Brighton-born hip hop artist Ifani also failed to collect an award. He was nominated in four categories.
His fans vented on social media sites saying he was robbed of at least one award.
The biggest winners of the night were Mafikizolo, walking away with best-produced album, best African pop album and best duo or group for their album Reunited.