Bright young things to vie for

Bright young things to vie for glory with evergreen pros at SAMA 20

The nominees for the milestone 20th edition of the annual South African Music Awards were announced at Sun International’s Carnival City in Ekurhuleni last week. A number of new kids on the music block dominate the major categories – with some familiar favourites also creeping into the running.

Bright young things to vie for

gangs of balletNewcomers Gangs of Ballet are set to rock the 20th annual South African Music Awards (SAMAS) with five nominations, leading the pack along with dance darlings Mi Casa.

Another two stellar fresh faces, Naima Kay and Nakhane Touré, have emphatically announced their presence on the scene with four nods apiece — including three in the coveted top five categories.

mi casa (Medium)Also bagging four SAMA nominations are Mafikizolo, whose comeback release Reunited has been crowned with nods for Best Pop Album, Best Collaboration, Duo or Group of the Year and Album of the Year.

mi casa (Medium)Previous SAMA winners The Parlotones have made it clear that they have no intention of slowing down any time soon by securing nominations across four categories.

Joining Mafikizolo in the Album of the Year category are music acts representing a diverse mix of genres: DJ Kent, Mi Casa, Naima Kay and Nakhane Touré.

Another fiercely contested category is Duo or Group of the Year, in which electronic trio GoodLuck and Afropop duo Mafikizolo vie for glory with veteran rockers The Parlotones and newbies Gangs of Ballet, as well as house favourites Mi Casa.

SAMA 20 will once again see debutantes basking in the well-deserved limelight, with the Newcomer of the Year category contested among Gangs of Ballet, Nakhane Touré, Naima Kay, IFani and MuzArt.

Kay also gamely steps up to the plate to compete with her more established counterparts in the Female Artist of the Year category: Judith Sephuma, Rebecca, Zahara and Dear Reader.

Similarly, fellow newcomer Touré will be hoping to stand his ground when it comes to the competition for Male Artist of the Year. He will be slugging it out with breakthrough singer-songwriters Connell Cruise and Matthew Mole, as well as more seasoned campaigners Vusi Mahlasela and Kabomo.

David du Plessis, the Chief Operating Officer of the Recording Industry of SA (RISA), said this year’s event will be special in more ways than one: “Not only are we celebrating 20 years of South Africa’s premier music awards, we are also commemorating the country’s 20th anniversary of democracy.”

“This year’s crop of SAMA nominees perfectly encapsulate the rainbow nation in all its creative diversity and vibrancy. We are extremely proud to be sharing our 20-year milestone with the birth of the new South Africa as a nation.”

As always, all eyes will be on the Record of the Year category, which is determined by a public vote. The nominees for this award will be announced shortly, after which fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite song and artist.

The Annual South African Music Awards are organised by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA), a trade association of recording companies operating in South Africa.

Nominees for the 20th Annual South African Music Awards:

Album of the Year

DJ Kent – The Weekent

Mafikizolo –  Reunited

Mi Casa – Su Casa

Naima Kay –  Umsebenzi

Nakhane Touré – Brave Confusion


Duo or Group of the Year

Gangs of Ballet – Yes/No/Grey

GoodLuck – Creatures of the Night

Mafikizolo – Reunited

Mi Casa – Su Casa

The Parlotones – Stand Like Giants


Female Artist of the Year

Dear Reader – Rivonia

Judith Sephuma – The Experience Live in Concert

Naima Kay – Umsebenzi

Rebecca – Bayos’Khomba

Zahara – Phendula


Male Artist of the Year

Connell Cruise – Connell Cruise

Kabomo – Memory Remains

Matthew Mole – The Home We Built

Nakhane Touré – Brave Confusion

Vusi Mahlasela – Sing to the People


Newcomer of the Year

Gangs Of Ballet – Yes/No/Grey

IFani – I Believes in Me (1st Quadrant)

MuzArt – MuzArt

Naima Kay – Umsebenzi

Nakhane Touré – Brave Confusion


Best Rock Album

Gangs of Ballet – Yes/No/Grey

Shadowclub – Goodbye Wild Child

The Black Cat Bones – Beatipiller

The Parlotones – Stand Like Giants

Van Coke Kartel – Bloed, Sweet & Trane


Best Pop Album

Danny K – Good Look

GoodLuck – Creatures of the Night

LCNVL – Faster Longer Mixtape

Mafikizolo – Reunited

Matthew Mole – The Home We Built


Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans)

4Werke – 4 Harte

Charlize Berg – Charlize Berg

JAY – Dis Hoe Ons Rol

Karlien van Jaarsveld – Uitklophou

Kurt Darren – Seerower


Best Adult Contemporary Album

Connell Cruise – Connell Cruise

Farryl Purkiss – Home

Hinds Brothers – Ocean of Milk

Michael Lowman – Crayon Boxes

Shaun Jacobs – Love Can


Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

Ampie – Niks en Niemand

Andriëtte  – Wat Rym met Liefde

Bok van Blerk – Steek Die Vure Aan

Elvis Blue – Afrikaans

Jak de Priester – N1 van My Hart


Best African Adult Album

Naima Kay – Umsebenzi

Selaelo Selota – The Promise

Vusi Mahlasela – Sing to the People

Zamajobe – Thula Mntwana

Zonke – Give and Take Live


Best Alternative Album

Chris Letcher – Hyperbalist

Dear Reader – Rivonia

Death by Misadventure – Dumb Dumb

Die See – II

Nakhane Tour̩ РBrave Confusion


Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album

Kabomo – Memory Remains

MuzArt – MuzArt

The Soil – Reflections Live in Joburg

Vusi Nova – Walk into Light

Zahara – Phendula


Best Rap Album

AB Crazy – Home Coming

iFani – I Believes in Me (1st Quadrant)

Kwesta – DaKAR

L-Tido – All of Me

Molemi – A Sia


Best Kwaito Album

Alaska – The Revival

Big Nuz – Made in Africa

Character – Self-Control

Mandoza – Sgantsontso

Tzozo – Amabills


Best Dance Album

DJ Kent – The Weekent

Lulo Caf̩ РSoul Africa

Mi Casa – Su Casa

Uhuru – Our Father

Zakes Bantwini – The Fake Book & Real Book: My Music Bible


Best Traditional Faith Music Album

Andile KaMajola – Chapter 6 ujehova ungibiyele

Deborah – Umqhele

Lusanda Spiritual Group – Uhambo Lwam

Rebecca – Bayos’Khomba

Worship House – Project 10 Live in Limpopo, RSA


Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

Benjamin Dube – Renewal in His Presence with Benjamin Dube

Judith Sephuma – The Experience Live in Concert

Nqubeko Mbatha – Sentiments of a Worshiper

Soweto Gospel – Choir Divine Decade & Friends

We Will Worship – YHWH


Best Traditional Album

Hennie de Bruyn en die Kitaark̻rels РKitaar Kw̻la

Joe Shirimani na Vana va Ndoda – Hawu Ra Mina

PS. Manyike Na Vatirhi Va Hosi – Taduma e Kerekeni

Sayicology – Round 2

Dr. Thomas Chauke Na Shinyori Sisters – Shimatsatsa No 32


Best Maskandi Album

Amabunjwa – X6

Buselaphi – Gijima Ntuthwane

Khwelebhasini – Ngiyistress

Phuzekhemisi – Kungakho Nilwa Nodwa

Thokozani Langa – Inyakanyaka


Best Jazz Album

Marcus Wyatt – Quartet One Life in the Sun

Shane Cooper – Oscillations

Sisa Sopazi – Images & Figures

Tumi Mogorosi – Project Elo

Zim Ngqawana – Live at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival


Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album

Cape Consort – Claudio Monteverdi – Selected Madrigals

Guy Buttery – Live in KwaZulu

Ockie Vermeulen – Obsession

Tygerberg Children’s Choir – Glorious

Zanne Stapelberg & Kathleen Tagg – Soul of Fire


Best Live DVD

Nataniël – Factory

Skouspel 2013 – Skouspel 2013

The Soil – Reflections Live in Joburg

Unathi – An Intimate Night with Unathi

Zonke – Give and Take Live


Best Collaboration

DJ Kent Ft The Arrows – Spin My World Around

LCNVL Ft Lakota Silva – Closer

Mafikizolo Ft May D – Happiness

The Parlotones, Khuli Chana & Jon Savage – Sleepwalker

Uhuru Ft Oskido, Professor & DJ Bucks – Y-tjukutja


Best Music Video of the Year

Goldfish – One Million Views

Mi Casa – Jika

The Muffinz – Umsebenzi Wendoda (An Ode to Single Mothers)

The Parlotones, Khuli Chana & Jon Savage – Sleepwalker

Toya Delazy – Memoriam


Best Producer of the Year

Danny K – Good Look by Danny K

Darryl Torr – Yes/No/Grey by Gangs of Ballet

David Poole & Dominic Peters – Three Second Memory by Goldfish

Dan Roberts – Border Crossing by Laurie Levine

Shaun Jacobs – Love Can by Shaun Jacobs


Best Engineer of the Year

Peter Auret – Pimp My Piano by Charl du Plessis

Darryl Torr – Yes/No/Grey by Gangs of Ballet

Matthew Fink – The Home We Built by Matthew Mole

Matthew Fink – Goodbye Wild Child by Shadowclub

Shaun Jacobs – Love Can by Shaun Jacobs


Remix of the Year

Euphonik – Hallelujah Anyway

Khuli Chana – Hape (Part 2)

Mi Casa – Jika

Oskido – Tsa Ma Ndebele

Uhuru – Thath’isghubu

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