After winning the SABC Summer Song of the Year title, it’s only natural to imagine that this year would be one filled with recognitions for Van Damme hitmaker Mroza.
However, it appears we were absolutely wrong as there was no love for the artist at the Metro FM Music Awards nominations.
The nominees for the much-anticipated awards ceremony were announced at a party in Johannesburg and as expected by many, neither Mroza nor his hit track Van Damme made the list.
Notwithstanding, there are plausible reasons why the song was not listed for an award. According to SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago, the song was not eligible for a nomination.
“The award’s rules clearly state that in order to be nominated for an award, a song first has to be playlisted by the station and, secondly, be submitted for consideration. Mroza’s song has never been playlisted on the station and therefore was not considered for a nomination,” Kaizer said.
This is to say that the fact that Mroza did not make the list is not because of a personal issue. Thus, Metro FM had not playlisted Van Damme because its licence agreement did not allow it to play certain genres which the song falls under.
“Certain genres are not playlisted on the station. That is why we do not have a reggae or maskandi category at the awards. It is not about a certain song. We did not change the rules for a specific song. These rules have always been in place and we cannot change them,” he said.
Van Damme’s success was beyond the expectations of fans as they thought that Babes Wodumo’s Wololo or King Monada’s Ska Bhora Moreki would win the title.
However, the auditing report for the SABC Summer Song of the Year vote which was released by the public broadcaster shows that the race was tight. In fact, Mroza’s Van Damme won by a mere 5%.