The country’s musicians’ union, the Botswana Music Union (BOMU), will be bringing a little twang in the country when nominees will be announced this week.
BOMU Publicity Secretary, Pagson Ntsie, confirmed that the final list is currently being worked on and nominees will be voted by the public via SMS.
“Preparations for this year’s awards are at an advanced stage and we expect the awards to be glamorous,” said Ntsie.
He revealed that they are working around the clock to ensure that all the nominees walk away with a consolation price.
“We want all our nominees to get price monies,” he said.
BOMU has introduced four categories to cater for the media.
The Dee Jay award is among the newest categories of awards to be won at this year’s BOM awards night.
It has pulled an impressive number of entries from those vying for the privilege of being the award’s first winners.
Apart from the DJ category, there are two other new additions to the awards that include Best Mosakaso (Mbaqanga) and Best Print Journalist. The Mosakaso category, which came about after numerous protests by MC Maswe, is also expected to be another thriller.
Other categories include reggae, ragga, folk, Afro pop, RnB, disco, kwaito, kwaito kwasa, song of the year, best female artist, and best male artist.┬á
This year’s awards have 38 categories whose winners will be unveiled on the day of the big event to be held at the GICC.
Ntsie said that growth in the number of potential winners has been made possible by an improved budget.
The awards ceremony will be put together by Sweet Bands and Pleasant Worthy, which are owned by David Abram and Mosupi Masole.
From a budget of P750 000 in 2009 (the last time the awards were held), this year’s ceremony is sponsored to the tune of P1.3 million.┬á┬á
The awards are set to be held on the 30th November 2012.