#SAMA22 promises to be a night of the stars

#SAMA22 promises to be a night of the stars

Television viewers and those lucky enough to be in Durban for the live event can prepare themselves to be dazzled by a constellation of South Africa’s leading music and showbiz celebrities at the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards this Saturday, June 4.

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.
Event organisers RiSA have provided a sneak peek of the performers and guest presenters who will be pushing the entertainment factor to the max on the night.

Look out for exhilarating live performances and collaborations by a cross-section of #SAMA22 nominees. Among the highlights will be what promises to be a show stopping opening performance featuring Grammy Award winning and three time SAMA 21 winning flautist Wouter Kellerman, alongside rappers Kid X and Da L.E.S.

Audiences should also get ready to for a genre-bending, multi-sensory mash-up that includes artists Petite Noir, The Muffinz and Desmond & the Tutus.
Local Durban favourite DJ Bongz will add to the mix with a high-energy performance, while hip-hop leading lights Emtee and Kwesta will team up.
There will also be an array of guest presenters adding an extra “wow” factor to the event, drawn from the ranks of South Africa’s most popular musicians, celebrities and entertainment personalities.

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 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’

* Buy your tickets at Computicket, priced from R350 for the main show and from R150 for the Public Viewing Area and After party. Viewers can also tune in to SABC1 from 8pm on the night, or watch the show in normal view or virtual reality (360 degree) on the official SAMA 22 App, available in both the iOS and Google App stores.

Visit www.samusicawards.co.za; or www.facebook.com/SAMusicAwards for more information.