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MTN SWAMA Awards voting update

The ongoing MTN SWAMA Awards voting process gained momentum in the last couple of weeks, with an additional 1 560 votes. Best House Artist/Group maintained its top position, with 2 037 votes compared to 1 715 in the previous tally. In actual fact, the top five categories maintained their lead.

In addition to Best House Artist/Group; these were Best Word Smith/Poet, DJ of the Year, Best Comedian and Best Traditional/Maskandi/Mbhacanga. All but one of these categories were introduced this year.
Best Swati Artist based in the Diaspora, Best Afro-Pop Artist/Group and Best Jazz Artist/Group remained at the bottom of the list. A lot of improvement was noted in the Best Music Producer, Best Hip Hop Artist/Group and Best Music Producer categories.

The total number of votes as at the 3rd September 2018 were 9 907 compared to 8 347 on the 16th August 2018.

Again, we encourage fans to continue voting for their favourite artists by SMSing the Category and Name of the Artist (e.g. Artist of the Year, Dynamic Trio) to 6161. Voting closes on 30th September 2018.
TABLE SHOWING VOTES AS AT 3RD SEPTEMBER 2018

CURRENT POSITION CATEGORY CURRENT NO: OF VOTES PREVIOUS POSITION
1 Best House Artist/Group 2037 1
2 Best Word Smith/Poet 1117 2
3 DJ of the Year 1090 3
4 Best Comedian 990 4
5 Best Traditional/Maskandi/Mbhaqanga 654 5
6 Best Reggae Artist/Group 556 6
7 Best Newcomer 468 7
8 Best Music Producer 353 10
9 Best Hip-hop Artist/Group 326 11
10 Best Country Artist/Group 323 8
11 Best Kwaito Artist/Group 291 9
12 Best Gospel Artist/Group 263 13
13 Best Collaboration 259 17
14 Best Swati Soul Artist/Group 254 12
15 Female Artist of the Year 212 14
16 Artist of the Year 172 15
17 Song of the Year 161 16
18 Best R&B Artist/Group 141 18
19 Male Artist of the Year 99 19
20 Best Video of the Year 47 23
21 Best Jazz Artist/Group 38 20
22 Best Afro-Pop Artist/Group 35 21
23 Best Swati Artist based in the Diaspora 21 22

THABILE MDLULI (SWAMA PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER)
ON BEHALF OF SWAMA EXECUTIVE

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