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SAMA23 – New artists shine brightest

IT’S the year of the newcomer. The list of SAMA23 nominees is dominated by new artists who released their debut or second projects in the past year. They are making great strides in the music industry, proving that youthful exuberance sometimes trumps experience.

The nominees were unveiled at Destiny Exclusive Hotels in Kempton Park, much to fanfare and celebrations. Nhlanhla Sibisi, RiSA CEO toasted the achievers.

‘This is the year newcomers take most of the limelight undoubtedly. It is truly encouraging to see so many young and new artists dominate the list. It can only bode well for the industry. The future is bright and we couldn’t be happier for them.’

Rap wunderkind Nasty C leads the SAMA23 pack with an impressive six nominations.

His Bad Hair Extensions album earned him nods for Best Newcomer of the Year, Best Male Artist of the Year, Best Album of the Year and Best Rap Album. To top his SAMA23 honours, his videos Don’t Do It and Good Girls are in the running for Best Music Video of the Year.

Hot on the heels of 20-year-old Nasty C is rapper Kwesta with five nods, while new singing sensation Amanda Black bagged four.

Durban’s queen of gqom Babes Wodumo finds herself in the exlusive league of multiple nominations sitting pretty with three nods. Keeping her company are the likes of Idols SA 2013 winner Musa, DJ Ms Pru; young Afro-soul duo Soul Kulture, veteran vocalist Thandiswa Mazwai; dance pair Black Motion; gospel giant Dr Tumi; and the soulful trio The Soil.

For the much sought after Best Newcomer of the Year category Nasty C (Bad Hair Extensions) will slug it out with Afro-Soul duo Soul Kulture (Ngeliny’ilanga); Durban’s gqom pioneer Babes Wodumo (Gqom Queen Vol.1); house and pop musician Sketchy Bongo and Idols SA alumni Amanda Black (Amazulu).

The Best Duo/Group of the Year is a battle between The Soil (The Soil); Jaziel Brothers (Jaziel Brothers); Soul Kulture (Ngeliny’ilanga); The Parlotones (Trinkets Relics and Heirlooms); and Black Motion (Ya Badimo).

In the Best Female Artist of the Year, vocal heavyweight Kelly Khumalo (My Truth) takes on Thandiswa (Belede); Lebo Sekgobela (Restored); Babes Wodumo (Gqom Vol.1); and Amanda Black (Amazulu).

The Best Male Artist is an epic duel between Dr Tumi (Heart of A King); Kwesta (Dakar II); Musa (Mr Serious); NastyC (Bad Hair Extensions); and Nathi (Umbulelo Wam).

The coveted Best Album of the Year is a mesh-up of genres that will see established names square off against newcomers as Kwesta (Dakar II) competes with Black Motion (Ya Badimo); Amanda Black (Amazulu); Nasty C (Bad Hair Extensions); and Thandiswa (Belede).

In the genre specific categories, it will be battle royale in the Best Rap Album as Nasty C (Bad Hair Extensions) goes up against A Reece (Paradise); Khuli Chana (One Source); Kwesta (Dakar); and Stogie T (Stogie T).

The Best Dance Album is a tight competition between DJ Clock (The 5th Tick); Black Motion (Ya Badimo); Durban’s Finest (Durban Finest – Reloaded); Mobi Dixon (Live The Music); and NaakMusiQ (Born to Entertain)

The Best Traditional Faith Music Album will see the late powerhouse Sfiso Ncwane (Wethembekile Baba) take on Deborah Fraser (Uhambo); Spirit of Praise (Spirit of Praise Vol.6); Teboho (Nkutlwele Bohloko); and Zaza (Blowing The Horn of Chronicle)

In the Best Contemporary Faith Music Album Dr Tumi is nominated twice for his releases Heart of A King and Love and Grace. He faces stiff competition from Khaya Mthethwa (The Dawn); Lebo Sekgobela (Restored); and We Will Worship (Mmuso).

To seal her comeback, Thandiswa Mazwai’s album Belede booked her a place in the Best Jazz Album category where she competes with Darren English (Imagine Nation); Dave Reynolds & Pops Mohamed (Live in Grahamstown); Nduduzo Makhathini with Umgidi Trio and One Voice Vocal Ensemble (Inner Dimensions); and Sydney Mavundla (Luhambo).

The Best Afro Pop Album is a clash of the titans as Jaziel Brothers (Out of the Box) go head to head with The Soil (Echoes of Kofifi), Robbie Malinga (The Duets), Vusi Nova (Naninina) and Musa (Mr Serious).

The Best African Artist gong will be fought over by Jay Prayzah, Oliver Mtukudzi, Patoranking, Vee Mampeezy and Vuyo Katsha.

The glittering SAMA23 ceremony will be held in Sun City resort in the North West province on May 27. North West provincial government director of marketing and communication Shuping Sebolecwe commented: ‘The return of the SAMA23 in the province is very significant and could not have come at a better time when we are Rebranding, Renewing and Repositioning Bokone Bophirima. We are equally excited because this is not only going to be an entertainment event but an event that also concretises the five concretes of the fifth administration and contributes to the socio economic conditions of our people

‘They are a cultural expression of the national resolve to create social cohesion amongst the citizenry. An event of this magnitude puts our province and government on the map and is an event that shows that through Arts and Culture people can change their lives. The Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs wishes every nominated artist the best of luck. It always seems impossible until it is done.’



Best Newcomer of the Year

Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’ilanga

Babes Wodumo  – Gqom Queen Vol. 1

Sketchy Bongo- Unmasked

Nasty C – Bad Hair Extentions

Amanda Black – Amazulu


Best Duo/Group of the Year

The Soil – The Soil

Jaziel Brothers – Jaziel Brothers

Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’ilanga

The Parlotones – Trinkets  Relics & Heirlooms

Black Motion – Ya Badimo


Best Female Artist of the Year

Lebo Sekgobela – Restored

Babes Wodumo  – Gqom Queen Vol. 1

Kelly Khumalo – My Truth

Amanda Black – Amazulu

Thandiswa – Belede


Best Male Artist of the Year

Dr Tumi – Heart of a king

Kwesta – Dakar II

Musa  – Musa

Nasty C – Bad Hair Extentions



Best Album of the Year

Kwesta – Dakar II

Black Motion – Ya Badimo

Amanda Black – Amazulu

Nasty C – Bad Hair Extentions

Thandiswa – Belede


Best Rock Album

The Sweet Resistance – Where There Is Hope

Lost & Found – Lost & Found

Richard Stirton – Middle Ground

The Parlotones – Trinkets, Relics & Heirlooms

Albert Frost – The Wake Up


Best Pop Album

Matthew Mole – Run


GoodLuck – The Nature Within

Sketchy Bongo – Unmasked

TiMO ODV – Origins (Digital Edition)


Beste Pop Album

4Werke – 4 Warm

ADAM – Hoogtevrees

Dewald Wasserfall – Jy Is Die Storm

Kurt Darren – Sal Jy Met My Dans

Snotkop – HKGK


Best Adult Contemporary Album

Elvis Blue – Optics

Hugh Masekela – No Borders

Majozi – Fire


Msaki – Zaneliza: How The Water Moves


Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

Adam Tas – Patatas en Pyptabak

Coenie de Villiers – Emoji

Joshua na die Reën – Die Wêreld Binne My

Refentse – My hart bly in ‘n taal

Ricus Nel – Ouskool Boerseun


Best African Adult Album

Dumza Maswana – Molo

Kelly Khumalo – My Truth


Nozipho – Thando

Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’ilanga


Best Alternative Music Album

Arno Carstens – Die Aandblom 13

Chris Chameleon – Firmament

Native Young – Kings

Somerfaan – Alien Boogie Stuff

Tailor – Trust Part 1


Best R&B Soul Reggae Album

Afrotraction – Love and respect

Amanda Black – Amazulu

Brenda Mtambo – So Much More

Karabo – Matters of the heart

Tima Reece – 9


Best Rap Album

A Reece – Paradise

Khuli Chana – One Source

Kwesta – Dakar II

Nasty C – Bad Hair Extentions

Stogie T – Stogie T

Best Kwaito Album

Babes Wodumo – Gqom Queen Vol. 1

Bullistic – N.W.O (New World Order)

Dr Malinga – Goodwill

Taylor K – Paper Chase

Trademark & Zinhle Ngidi – Trademark & Zinhle Ngidi

Best Dance Album

DJ Clock – The 5th tick

Black Motion – Ya Badimo

Durbans’ Finest – Durbans’ Finest – Reloaded

Mobi Dixon – Live The Music

NaakMusiQ – Born to Entertain


Best Traditional Faith Music Album

Deborah Fraser – Uhambo

Sfiso Ncwane – Wethembekile Baba

Spirit Of Praise – Spirit Of Praise Vol.6


Zaza – Blowing the horn of chronicle


Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

Dr Tumi – Heart of a king

Dr Tumi – Love and grace

Khaya Mthethwa – The Dawn

Lebo Sekgobela – Restored

We Will Worship – Mmuso


Best Traditional Music Album

Candy – Easy Come Easy Go

Dr Thomas Chauke Na Shinyori Sisters – Shimatsatsa No 34: Xiganga

Mmaausi – Monna Oa Sokelwa

Qadasi & Maqhinga – Lashis’ Ilanga

Shabalala Rhythm – Yebo Ngiyavuma


Best Maskandi Album

Imfez’emnyama – Monalisa

imithente – s”yawuvala umlomo

Khuzani – Inyoni yomthakathi

Shwi noMtekhala – Kwabhalwa etsheni

Thokozani Langa – Amabrazo


Best Jazz Album

Darren English – Imagine Nation

dave reynolds & pops mohamed – live in grahamstown

Nduduzo Makhathini with Umgidi Trio and One Voice Vocal Ensemble – Inner


Sydney Mavundla – Luhambo

Thandiswa – Belede

Classical Instrumental Album


Charl du Plessis Trio – Baroqueswing Vol. II

Imilonji KaNtu Choral Society – And Then I Heard A Voice by SJ Khosa

The Voice of Angels – The Voice of Angels Volume 2

University of Pretoria – Love and War


Best Afro Pop Album

Jaziel Brothers – Jaziel Brothers

Musa – Musa

Robbie Malinga – Robbie Malinga

The Soil – The Soil


African Indigenous Gospel Album

Amadodana Ase Wesile – Amadodana Ase Wesile

Jerusalema E Ncha – Jerusalema E Ncha

Lejwe la Motheo – Lejwe la Motheo

Living In Christ Legends – Living In Christ Legends



Best African Artist

Jah Prayzah – Jah Prayzah

Oliver Mtukudzi – Oliver Mtukudzi

Patoranking – Patoranking

Vee Mampeezy – Vee Mampeezy

Vuyo Katsha – Vuyo Katsha


Live Audio Visual Recording Album

Joyous Celebration – Joyous Celebration 20 – Part 2 – The Alumni

Joyous Celebration – Joyous Celebration 20 Live at The Moses Mabhida Stadium

Khaya Mthethwa – The Dawn

Krone & Various Artists – Krone 3 DVD

Spirit Of Praise – Spirit Of Praise Vol.6


Best Collaboration Album

Black Coffee – Your eyes

Kwesta ft DJ Bucks, Okmalumkoolkat & DJ Maphorisa – Mayibabo ft DJ Bucks,

Okmalumkoolkat & DJ Maphorisa

Kwesta – Ngud’

Miss Pru – Ameni

Musa – Mthande


Best Music Video of the Year

Khuli Chana – One Source

Miss Pru – Ameni

Nasty C – Don’t do it

Nasty C – Good Girls

Reason ft AKA & Khuli Chana – Yipikayay


Best Produced Album

Afrotraction – Love and respect

Brenda Mtambo – So Much More

Matthew Mole – Run

Rubber Duc – The Secret Sun

sjava – Isina Muva


Best Engineered Album

The Soil – Echoes of Kofifi

Arno Carstens – Aandblom 13


Jesse Clegg – Things Unseen

LeAnne Dlamini – Warrior

Remix of the Year

Distruction Boys – Wololo (Dbanj Remix)

DJ Mizz – Close to you (Mizz Afro Remix)

Evida – The Woods (Evida Remix)

Kyle Deutsch – Can’t Get enough (Official Remix)

Vic – Wena Wedwa (MusicCraftMAN Mix)

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