The Gist From The 23rd Installment Of The SAMAs

Each and every year the music industry looks forward to pretigious award ceremonies such the South African Music Awards. These ceremonies not only remind the artists on the amount of work they’ve put in over the past year, but it’s also a way of listeners appreciating and saluting these artists for the amazing music they produce. The 23rd installment of the SAMAs took place Saturday 27th May, in the beautiful Sun City where hundreds of industry individuals and supporters twirled and slayed in glamorous outfits.

It seems as if the red carpet looks get better each and every year as we watched many individuals actually putting in some effort for this prestigious event. The hosts were SA Idol judge & choreographer, Somizi Mhlongo and comedian Tumi Morake; and can we just add that they made the night a memorable one especially with their ‘Enough is Enough’ performance, which was based on the current women abuse dilemma.

Nonetheless, who were the winners? Any surprises? Did or did we not expect some of the winners or were most of them obvious?

Firstly, it was surely Kwesta’s night and year as the rapper bagged a whole 6 awards for his track Ngud‘, issa lot to take in, pulling a Drake on us hey! Amongst the many awards, the rapper received two highest airplay awards from SAMRO (South African Music Rights Organisation) and SAMPRA (South African Music Performance Rights Association). Not only was it Kwesta’s night, but Ambitiouz Entertainment artist Amanda Black also managed to scoop quite a number of awards. Both these artists are deserving of these awards and it said that these are Kwesta’s first awards ever and as for Amanda, only being in the industry for year, it’s a job well done! Another pair was Black Motion who also managed to win more than one award; but we always expect nothing less from this amazing house duo who continue to remind us of our roots & why African music should be recognized.

The night began with a performance by Kurt Darren, followed by quite a number of other joyous performances by Khuli Chana, Emtee, Stogie T, Sjava, Miss Pru, Amanda Black, Thee Legacy, Soul Kulture, Dr Tumi, Lebo Sekgobela, Naak Musiq, DJ Tira & Sox, Okmalumkoolkat, Babes Wodumo & Mampintsha, just to name a few.

The list of nominees this year was filled with the younger artists in the industry, which also means there’s progress amongst the crowds in terms of the reception of the newcomers art and sound. Unfortunately for many artists who didn’t take home awards, for example Babes Wodumo whom the crowds routed for and expected to see win, it was quite an emotional night as it was also seen in the closing performance. She also took to social media to bash the awards claiming artists ‘buy’ & bribe the organizers for the awards. This was also mentioned during the Metros when Mabala Noise artists bagged almost all the awards.

With the whole controversy around Mabala Noise, Nasty C was able to scoop the biggest award of the night, Record Of the Year. As you may know, the rapper bagged quite a number of awards at the Metros and crowds were expecting the same as he was nominated in a few other categories. Seems as if he wasn’t able to settle the score between himself & Dr Malinga huh?

In closing, it was an amazing night, the energy was refreshingly different and it reminded the crowds why these type of events are actually done in the first place. Congrats to all the winners, nominees included! With all the amazing music being released lately, there’s sure going to be an even bigger battle in 2018! See the list of winners below.

SAMRO highest airplay of the year:

Kwesta for Dakar 11.

Best Traditional Faith Music Album:

Spirit Of Praise – Spirit Of Praise Vol.6

Record Of The Year:

Nasty C – Hell Naw

Best Kwaito Album:

Dr Malinga GoodwillTh

Best Male of the year:


Best Afro Pop Album:

Vusi Nova  NANINA

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

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Best Pop Album Goodluck:

The Nature Within

Lifetime achievement Awards:

Babsy Mlangeni
Don Laka
Dr Rebecca Mlope

The SAMA for Best Rock Album

Albert Frost – The Wake Up

The Best Rap Album:

Kwesta Dakar 11

Best Dance Album Award:

Black Motion -Ya Badimo

Best Maskandi Album 

Khuzani –  Inyoni Yomthakathi

Honorary Award for Best International Artist

Pretty Yende

Best Newcomer of the year:

Amanda Black – Amazulu

Artist of the year:

Amanda Black

Best Duo/Group of the year:

Black Motion

The SAMPRA highest airplay of the year SAMA:

Kwesta – Ngud’