The King of Amapiano fans had a lot to celebrate with Kabza De Small winning Best Produced Album for KOA II Part 1 alongside Da Muziqal Chef, Mdu aka TRP, Stakev, DJ Maphorisa and Felo le Tee and Best Kwaito Album for Speak N Vrostaan with Kwesta.
As the second most nominated artist for #SAMA29, this puts Kabza De Small ahead with two out of seven of his nominations in the bag.
The Megacy’s icon, the late AKA shows us that his spirit lives on forever as he took home Best Engineered Album for Mass Country, in collaboration with Robin Kohl and Itu. AKA continues to stand as the most nominated artist for #SAMA29 with eight nominations in total. An undeniable feat.
In his mere second year as a solo artist, Mörda has proved to have true skin in the game as he took home the Best Dance Album for his first solo project Asante, named after his daughter. The musical sensation also took home Remix of the Year for his take on Yallunder which he partners up with Ndinovalo on.
This means the artist is one album away from a total grand slam as he is also nominated for Best Collaborations alongside House DJ, Oscar Mbo.
Desire, winner of the Best Alternative Album shines through reminding us of the importance of dancing to the beat of your own drum, staying true to your sound and embracing your originality in its entirety. This is Desire Marea’s first SAMA win. He is also nominated for Album of the Year.
Another first time SAMA winner and nominee is soulful tenor Lloyiso who bagged Best Pop Album of the Year. The media favourite is also one win away from total triumph for all his nominations.
KZN Gospel rockstar Dumi Mkokstad took home Best Traditional Faith Album brought to you by Motsweding FM for Overflow Gcwala Kimi while Ntokozo Mbambo won Best Contemporary Faith Music Album for Lavish Worship.
Fan favourite Francois van Coke lives up to his rockstar title with Best Rock Album for Kanniedood.
We wait to see what the main show has in store for us as it takes place tomorrow 18 November 2023, live at the SunBet Arena at Times Square in Menlyn Maine with red carpet kicking off at 16:00.
RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi celebrated the winners: “Our winners are always a reflection of the work that is put into their craft and the music industry as a whole. These artists, producers, writers and musical practitioners invest years into this moment and we are so grateful that we are able to acknowledge and celebrate them for #SAMA29. This is just the beginning of the trajectories of their careers and we encourage them to continue to leave an indeniable mark on the South African music industry and the world. We commend you on your excellence.”
Live broadcast of the 29th Annual South African Music Awards link:
Full list of non-broadcast winners
|Best Adult Contemporary Album||Dark Secrets by Louise Carver|
|Best Kontemporere Musiek Album||Toe Roep Ek Jou Naam by Jan Blohm and Ryno Velvet|
|Best African Adult Contemporary Album brought to you by Phalaphala FM||Usiba Lwe Gazi by Nathi.|
|Best Alternative Album||On the Romance of Being by Desire Marea|
|Best African Indigenous Faith Music Album brought to you by Ikwekwezi FM||Emmanuel (Farewell to Phodiso Joel Kgaudi) by JTG Gospel Choir|
|Best Classical/Instrumental Album||Fire Beast by Vox Chamber Choir and Franco Prinsloo|
|Best Reggae Album||Unleashed by Blakka Yut|
|Best R&B/Soul Album brought to you by Radio2000||But Could the Moments in Between by Manana|
|Best Dance Album||Asante by Morda|
|Best Rock Album||Kanniedood by Francois van Coke|
|Best Afro Pop Album||Isibuko by Sjava|
|Best Traditional Faith Music Album brought to you by Motsweding FM||Overflow Gcwala Kimi by Dumi Mkokstad|
|Best Contemporary Faith Music Album||Lavish Worship by Ntokozo Mbambo|
|Best Jazz Album||In the Spirit of Ntu by Nduduzo Makhathini|
|Best Produced Music Video||Shine by Elaine produced by Shayna Gianelli, Jesse Ray Diamond and Elaine|
|Best Produced Album||KOA II Part 1 by Kabza De Small produced by Kabza De Small, Da Muziqal Chef, Mdu aka TRP, Stakev, DJ Maphorisa, and Felo le Tee|
|Best Engineered Album||Mass Country by AKA engineered by Robin Kohl and Itu|
|Best Pop Album||Seasons by Lloyiso|
|Remix of the Year||Ndinovalo by Morda and Yallunder|
|Best Maskandi Album||Umqhele neThawula by Khuzani|
|Best Kwaito Album||Speak N Vrostaan by Kwesta and Kabza De Small|
|Best Gqom Album||Meeting with the King by DJ Lag|
|Rest of Africa||Sounds of Peace by Moreira Chonguica|
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- The eligibility period for SAMA29 is between 1 February 2022 and 14 April 2023.
- The submissions period was between 6 March 2023 and 14 April 2023.
- The awards ceremony will take place at the SunBet Arena at Time Square, Menlyn Maine on 18 November 2023.
Sponsors for SAMA29 are SABC1; Department of Sports Arts and Culture; SABC; PRASA; SAMPRA; SAMRO; CAPASSO; Proudly SA; ViB Mobile and AfroBotanics.
Tickets are available at Computicket from R200. https://tickets.computicket.com/event/africa_fest/7232986/7232990/82473