Award-winning musician Phyzix, real name Noel Chikoleka continues to make positive steps in his music career, the latest being his nomination in the African Hip Hop Awards.
However, there is no information online which has seen some quarters questioning the credibility of the awards.
But Phyzix said these are new awards, according to the organisers, which have seen him receiving four nominations in the categories of Hip Hop Album of the Year for Gamba Season, Best Male Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for ‘Makofi’ and People’s Choice.
In an emailed response, the organisers maintained that this was not fake indicating that their technical team is working on the issue and that soon they will have a press conference.
A letter from the awards organisers from South Africa, dated March 2021 has since congratulated Phyzix on his nomination for the African Hip Hop Awards.
“The recognition of your peers within the African music industry is a significant and meaningful honour that entitles you to proudly wear the title of ‘African Hip Hop Awards’[winner] as you join a select and prestigious group who share that achievement,” reads the letter.
The letter signed by the President and Chief Executive Officer, says the African Hip Hop board salutes Phyzix for his accomplishment.
In the category of Song of the Year, Phyzix is up with ‘Party After Parte’ by Bigtril from Uganda, ‘Ndaremerwa’ from Holy Ten in Zimbabwe, ‘Tinto’ by William Last KRM from Botswana and ‘Imaliningi’ by Big Zulu featuring Ricky Ricky.
On People’s Choice, Phyzix is up against Yanga Chief from South Africa, Dee Koala from South Africa, William Last from Botswana and King 98 from Zimbabwe.
On Best Male Artist of the Year, the ‘Makofi’ creator is up against William Last from Botswana, Reminisce from Nigeria, Big Zulu from South Africa and Holy Ten from Zimbabwe.
Phyzix described his nomination as exciting news to him.
“This was not expected at all. It’s purely a surprise. I just received a letter telling me that I have four award nominations. I initially thought it was fake. Actually it still feels surreal. I am waiting for the actual event to believe it,” he said.
“All in all, this is big news for our brand. It means we are gradually growing into the African scene and eventually towards the global scene. I am truly humbled to represent Malawi at such a level. I owe my success to God”.
The artist last year collected a number of awards in the 2020 Urban Music People (UMP) and inaugural Malawi Hip Hop Awards.
The artist is set to release his latest album Flaws on March 26 2021.