Durban gets to host the SAMA’s for the very first time

Durban gets to host the SAMA’s for the very first time

The 22nd Annual South African Music Awards is set to take place at the Durban International Convention Centre on Saturday, June 4, at 8pm. This prestige event is held annually and is coming to Durban for the first time.
Broadcast live on SABC 1, the South African Music Awards have become the country’s premier annual music awards ceremony, recognising musical excellence across all genres – from traditional, to Afrikaans, to Rock and Pop as well as paying tribute to the various facets of musical production including production, engineering and video production.

Some of the most hotly contested categories include:

Album of the Year
Francois van Coke – ‘Francois van Coke’
Emtee – ‘Avery’
Nathi – ‘Buyelekhaya’
Tresor – ‘VII’
Black Coffee – ‘Pieces of Me’

Duo or Group of the Year
Desmond & the Tutus – ‘Enjoy Yourself’
Witness the Funk – ‘Finding Nomusa’
Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR Jazz Orchestra – ‘One Night in the Sun’
Junior Taurus &Cotton Candy – ‘Lady Zamar’
Big Nuz – ‘For the Fans’

Female Artist of the Year
Judith Sephuma – ‘One Word’
Zahara – ‘Country Girl’
Fifi Cooper – ‘20Fifi’
Karen Zoid – ‘Drown Out the Noise’
Zonke – ‘Work of Heart’

Male Artist of the Year
Nathi – ‘Buyelekhaya’
Black Coffee – ‘Pieces of Me’
Riky Rick – ‘Family Values’
Emtee – ‘Avery’
Francois van Coke – ‘Francois van Coke’

Newcomer of the Year
Riky Rick – ‘Family Values’
Emtee – ‘Avery’
Tresor – ‘VII’
Fifi Cooper – ‘20Fifi’
Nathi – ‘Buyelekhaya’

Best Rock Album
Desmond & the Tutus – ‘Enjoy Yourself’
Francois van Coke – ‘Francois van Coke’
Shortstraw – ‘Youthless’
Karen Zoid – ‘Drown Out the Noise’
Saarkie – ‘Reisiger’

Best Pop Album
Tresor – ‘VII’
Lakota Silva – ‘Pop: The Mix Tape’
Loki Rothman – ‘The Way Back’
Can Skylark – ‘Overdrive’
Vincent Bones – ‘Shaded Soul’

Best Alternative Album
Petite Noir – ‘La Vie Est Belle/Life is Beautiful’
Sannie Fox – ‘Serpente Masjien’
The Plastics – ‘In Threes’
Moonchild Sanelly – ‘Rabulapha!’
Die Heuwels Fantasties – ‘Ja. Nee. Lekker (Deluxe)’

Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
Nathi – ‘Buyelekhaya’
Zonke – ‘Work of Heart’
Olwethu – ‘Imbewu’
Zahara – ‘Country Girl’
The Muffinz – ‘Do What You Love’

Best Rap Album
Emtee – ‘Avery’
Kid X – ‘3 Quarter Pace’
Da L.E.S – ‘North God’
Riky Rick – ‘Family Values’
Zakwe – ‘Impande’

Best Kwaito Album
Big Nuz – ‘For the Fans’
Dbn Nyts – ‘Believe’
Kabelo Mabalane – ‘Immortal Vol. 3’
Dj Bongz – ‘Game Changer’
Mzansi – ‘North Coast Vibe’

Best Dance Album
Black Coffee – ‘Pieces of Me’
Mi Casa – ‘Home Sweet Home’
Mobi Dixon – ‘Tribal Soul Special Edition’
DJ Merlon – ‘Original Copy’
Junior Taurus & Lady Zamar – ‘Cotton Candy’

Best Music Video of the Year
Jack Parow & Freshly Ground – ‘Army of One’
Riky Rick ft. Cassper Nyovest & Anatii – ‘Fuseg’
Al Bairre & PH Fat – ‘Caviar Dreams’
iFani – ‘Ayadelela’
Monark – ‘Negatives Deluxe’

* Tickets priced at R350 can be booked at Computicket.