Telling empowering stories, South Africans want to hear

Saturday, 18 November 2023 22:44

Kabza de Small wins big and Supa Mega continues his posthumous reign at SAMA 29.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The 2023 South African Music Awards (SAMAs) took place at the SunBet Arena at Time Square, Menlyn, Pretoria thanks to several sponsors, including the Motsepe Foundation.

DJ Sabby and Nomalanga Shozi hosted the glittering ceremony and leading up to the big night, they served interactive content, rallying the public.

Actresses Hope Mbhele and Thuthuka Mthembu served as red carpet hosts.

The ceremony featured performances from the likes of Kabza De Small, Makhadzi, Loatinover, Msaki, Alter Ego, 25K and Maglera Doe Boy.

Kabza De Small was the biggest winner with four awards in the Best Duo/Group of The Year award alongside Dj Maphorisa, Best Produced Album, Best Amapiano Album and Best Kwaito Album.

Following with three trophies was gospel singer Ntokozo Mbambo who walked away with Female Artist of The Year, Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Faith Album awards. AKA posthumously scored the hotly contested Male Artist of The Year and Best Collaboration for 'Lemons (Lemonade)' featuring Nasty C. His album, Mass Country, scooped the Best Engineered Album.

Amapiano sensation Myztro was named Newcomer of the Year for '2.0 Nkwari' while Makhadzi won Best Traditional Album for African Queen 2.0. Mörda cemented his brand as a solo artist and a true performer, winning Best Dance Album and Remix of the Year for 'Ndinovalo' jointly with Yallunder.  Lloyiso's Seasons won him Best Pop Album.

K.O's 'Sete', featuring Young Stunna and Blxckie, emerged tops as the SAMRO Highest Airplay Composer Award and CAPASSO Most Streamed Song Award. Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Batwini and Nomcebo Zikode were each honoured with the International Achievement Award for their remarkable track 'Bayethe', which earned them a Grammy win.

The Lifetime Achievement awards went to Mandoza (posthumous), Ihhashi Elimhlophe, Gloria Bosman (posthumous) and Pops Mohammed for their outstanding contribution to the music industry.

SABC1 Channel Head Ofentse Thinane commented: "Storytelling through the art form of music has always been at the core of SABC1. We want to give a special mention to everyone that has ever contributed to the music. Congratulations to all the nominees on being recognised and all the winners for taking home the trophy."

RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi was elated at the winners: "#SAMA29 was definitely filled with multiple challenges but through the art of collaboration, artists, esteemed industry professionals, guest presenters and hosts we were able to celebrate all our winners. We are so grateful for them and for South Africa as a whole and their love for the country's music and entertainment industry. We are so proud of all our winners and wish that their careers continue to be as unforgettable as this evening has been. #SAMA30 let's go!"

Below is the full list of winners:

Female Artist of the Year

  • Ntokozo Mbambo – Lavish Worship
  • Kelly Khumalo – From A God To A King
  • Sincerely Anne – To Whom It May Concern
  • Hle – Take Heart
  • Thandi Ntuli – Blk Elijah & The Children of Meroë 

Male Artist of the Year

  • AKA – Mass Country
  • Kabza De Small – KOA II Part 1
  • Sjava – Isibuko
  • K.O – SR3
  • Lloyiso – Seasons

Duo/Group of the Year

  • DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small – Scorpion Kings Live Sun Arena 
  • DJ Maphorisa and Visca – Ba Straata
  • Venom and Shishiliza – Love Is Pain
  • Mafikizolo – Idwala
  • Msaki and Tubatsi – Synthetic Hearts

Album of the Year

  • Lavish Worship – Ntokozo Mbambo
  • Mass Country – AKA
  • SR3 – K.O
  • Isibuko – Sjava
  • KOA II Part 1 – Kabza De Small

Newcomer of the Year

  • Myztro – 2.0 Nkwari
  • Blakka Yut – Unleashed 
  • Sincerely Anne – To Whom It May Concern
  • Lloyiso – Seasons 
  • Venom and Shishiliza – Love Is Pain

Best Amapiano Album

  • KOA II Part 1 – Kabza De Small
  • Amukelani – Kelvin Momo
  • Ba Straata – DJ Maphorisa and Visca
  • 2.0 Nkwari – Myztro
  • Scorpion Kings Live Sun Arena – DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small

Best Collaboration

  • AKA featuring Nasty C – Lemons (Lemonade)
  • K.O, Young Stunna featuring Blxckie – Sete
  • DJ Maphorisa and Visca featuring 2woshortrsa, Stompiiey, ShaunMusiQ, Ftears and Madumane – Ba Straata
  • Morda featuring Oscar Mbo and Murumba Pitch – Mohigan Sun
  • AKA featuring Kiddominant – Company

Best Hip Hop Album

  • This Is Religion – MashBeatz
  • Mass Country – AKA
  • SR3 – K.O
  • Life is Gangsta – Thato Saul
  • Diaspora – Maglera Doe Boy

Best Traditional Album

  • African Queen 2.0 – Makhadzi
  • Ke Bone Molelo O Timile – MmaAusi
  • A Reyeng Bahurutshe – Oarabele France Makgore
  • Obe Happy – Molebatsi Tsotetsi
  • Inkabi Nation – Big Zulu

Beste Pop

  • Jona – Bernice van der Westhuizen
  • Insomnia – Brendan Peyper
  • Loufi Flippen Loufi – Ifan-Luc Carlo Handel
  • Hittegolf – Brandon Eloff
  • Die Onbekende – Renier van der Westhuizen

Best Adult Contemporary Album

  • Dark Secrets – Louise Carver
  • Bait For Steps Forward – Nobuhle Ashanti
  • Memories – Drakensberg Boys Choir
  • Ndikhethiwe – Vusi Nova
  • Love – Viwo Kulati

Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album

  • Toe Roep Ek Jou Naam – Jan Blohm & Ryno Velvet
  • Sing, Hoop, Weerklink – Prop
  • Skree Net Sag – Alter Ego
  • Ep In F – Herman Kleinhans
  • Jagvat – Jan Rhaap

Best African Adult Contemporary Album

  • Usiba Lwe Gazi – Nathi
  • Celebrating African Song – Dumza Maswana,
  • Smile – Choko 
  • I am Gold – S'nazo 
  • Ubuhle Ubuhle – Lethiwe Sithole

Best Alternative Album

  • On the Romance of Being – Desire Marea
  • Glitch Vol 2: The Future Is Now – uBeyond
  • Synthetic Hearts – Msaki and Tubatsi
  • Blue Lawns – The Great Yawn
  • Leaving All The Time – Bye Beneco

Best African Indigenous Faith Album

  • Emmanuel – JTG Gospel Choir
  • Mantswe A Supileng – Spiritual Gospel Choir
  • Ikhoni Mfuyo – In Zion of Christ
  • Ba Ya Mo Nyatsa – Wacha Mkhukhu Wachumlilo
  • Ntate Le Rato La Hao – Ingqayizivele Gospel Choir

Best Classical/Instrumental Album

  • Fire Beast – Vox Chamber Choir and Franco Prinsloo
  • Live in Europe 22 – CH2 
  • One Night On Earth – Derek Gripper
  • Maike – Juliet String Quartet
  • Sanctuary – Carol Thorns

Best Reggae Album

  • Unleashed – Blakka Yut
  • Youth's Cry – Botanist Mr Lamington
  • Red Carpet Live – Maximum Stylez
  • Flight More Riddim – Blackness Blue Productions
  • Healing – Lavoro Duro

Best R&B Album

  • But Could The Moments in Between – Ndumiso Manana
  • Germander II – Lesego Kyle Mnyandu
  • 4LUV (Deluxe) – Sihle Sithole
  • Bad Weather – Nanette Siphesihle
  • Passion Fruit – Kabomo

Best Dance Album

  • Asante – Morda
  • Next Level – Russell Zuma
  • The Gospel According to Artwork Sounds – Grain
  • WL4OM – Bonga Ntozini
  • A New Dawn – Siyanda Makanya 

Best Rock Album

  • Kanniedood – Francois Badenhorst
  • Fine Thanks, and You? – Russell Coward
  • Hellcats – End of Days – Warwick Rautenbach/Alessandro Benigno
  • Fuzigish – Malcolm King
  • Testify – Basson Laubscher

Best Afropop Album

  • Isibuko – Sjava
  • From A God to A King – Kelly Khumalo
  • Idwala – Mafikizolo
  • Love is Pain – Venom
  • Ekhayakomama – Philadlozi Mfekayi

Best Traditional Faith Album

  • The Overflow – Dumi Mkokstad
  • Hoja Ke Sena Wena – IPCC
  • Ndiyabulela – Tsholofelo Ntuli
  • The Grace Encounter Vol. 1 – Phumulani Radebe
  • Sedi Laka – Brown Mosiapoa

Best Contemporary Faith Album

  • Lavish Worship – Ntokozo Mbambo
  • Mhalamhala – Brenden Praise
  • Take Heart – Hle
  • Restored: The Jesus Collective – The Jesus Collective
  • Hope – Vincent Jiyane

Best Jazz Album

  • In the Spirit of Ntu – Nduduzo Makhathini
  • Isambulu – Linda Sikhakhane
  • Blk Elija & The Children of Meroe – Thandi Ntuli
  • The 1st Gospel – Mthunzi Mvubu
  • Finish the Sun – Shane Cooper and Mabuta

Best Produced Music Video

  • Shine – Elaine (producer: Shayna Gianelli; director: Jesse Ray Diamond)
  • Lemons (Lemonade) – AKA featuring Nasty C (producer: Tebogo Mabaso; director: Nate Thomas)
  • Sete – K.O featuring Young Stunna & Blxckie (producer: K.O, Tsholofelo Moremedi, Ted Magerman; director: Ted Magerman)
  • Be Free – Desire Marea (producer: Will Nicholson; Director: Imraan Christian
  • Been Thinking – Tyla (producer: Jimi Adesanya; director: Meiji Alabi)

Best Produced Album

  • KOA II Part 1 – Kabza De Small (producer: Leslie George Theko, Artwork Sound, Da Muziqal Chef, Mdu aka TRP, Stakev, DJ Maphorisa and Felo Le Tee)
  • Things We Don’t Talk About – Jimmy Nevis (producer: Darren Petersen)
  • Amukelani – Kelvin Momo (producer: Kelvin Momo)
  • Lindokuhle – Lindokuhle (producer: Mthunzi, Howard, Herc, Tshepo Morone, DJ Maphorisa, Masiano)
  • Isibuko – Sjava (producer: Delayde, Ruff, Jah Cool)

Best Engineered Album

  • Mass Country – AKA (engineered & produced by Robin Kohl and Itu)
  • To Whom it May Concern – Sincerely Anne (engineered and produced by Tjaart van der Walt and Daniel Baron)
  • Kanniedood – Francois van Coke (engineered & produced by Taylor Soundworks)
  • Blk Elijah & The Children of Meroë – Thandi Ntuli (engineered & produced by Shane, Tshepo, Thandi & Clinton)
  • Isibuko – Sjava, (engineered & produced by Ruff)

Best Pop Album

  • Seasons – Lloyiso
  • Things We Don't Talk About – Jimmy Nevis
  • Heard You Got Love – Jeremy Loops
  • Game Over – Tyler Page
  • Petrichor – Amy Lilley

Remix of the Year

  • Ndinovalo – Morda
  • Sete – K.O featuring Young Stunna, Oxlade & Diamond Platnumz
  • Hayii Citizen Deep Remix – Citizen Deep X Mzux Maen ft Yasmin Levy
  • Au Dede – Karyendasoul
  • Tobesta Remake – Myztro featuring Focalistic, Daliwonga, Shaunmusiq and Ftears

Best Maskandi Album

  • Umqhele Nethawula – Khuzani
  • Ngeke Ungiphathe – Menzi
  • Is’khiye Se-Coldroom – Thokozani Langa
  • Iphakade Lami – Abafana Bakamgqumeni
  • Home Alone – Inkos'yamagcokama

Best Kwaito Album

  • Speak n Vrostaan – Kwesta and Kabza De Small
  • R Mashesha – Big Nuz
  • I Am Who I Am – Nkiyase
  • Jukebox – Shisaboy
  • Barabbas – Taylor K

Best Gqom Album

  • Meeting with the King – DJ Lag
  • Fikelephi – Sizwe Mdlalose
  • Love & Light – Cairo CPT
  • Nande 2.0 – DJ Sandiso
  • Ithuba – Newlandz Finest

Rest of Africa Award

  • Sounds of Peace – Moreira Chonguiça
  • Sad Romance – CKay
  • Timeless – Davido
  • Worry – Lyre
  • Dynastie – Ferre Gola

SAMRO Highest Airplay Composer Award

  • 'Sete' ft. Young Stunna & Blxckie

CAPASSO Most Streamed Song Award

  • 'Sete' ft. Young Stunna & Blxckie

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Mandoza (posthumous)
  • Ihhashi Elimhlophe
  • Gloria Bosman(posthumous)
  • Pops Mohamed

International Achievement

  • Wouter Kellerman
  • Zakes Bantwini
  • Nomcebo Zikode.