Local songstress Amantle Brown has been nominated for the (African Music Industry) Ami Awards Afrika for Best Southern Female Artist for her song Black Mampatile. The awards take place in March in Senegal. Amantle revealed her exhilaration about the nomination, which has made her the first Motswana to receive such recognition. Though she is very excited about the nomination, she can only wait for the final day of the awards to see if she will manage to bring the silverware home. She has been nominated alongside with some of Southern African’s best music powerhouses. in Londie London from South Africa, Sally Boss Madama from Namibia, Shashi from Zimbabwe, Lizha James from Mozambique, Zahara from South Africa, Dama Do Bling from Mozambique, Neyma from Mozambique, Babes Wodumo from South Africa and Cleo Ice Queen from Zambia. She has asked Batswana to vote for her. Details of how to go about voting for her are on her Facebook page. She has grown phenomenally in recent years, garnering many awards locally. She said that she has learnt in the past years not to let failure discourage her because she knows that growth comes from failure. “2017 was a year that taught me a lot and I look forward to 2018 for the growth that I am going to encounter,” she said. Her latest single SaPelo is trending as the song talks about losing a loved one, and as such something that most can relate to.