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Local artists line up for the upcoming 25th SA Music Awards

Black Coffee stamped his authority on the local music scene when he walked away with an impressive five nods at the South African Music Awards nominee announcement on 25 April.


The internationally acclaimed DJ’s album Music is King secured him spots in Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Best Dance Album.

He also scored a double nomination in the Collaboration of the Year Award, first for Drive featuring David Guetta and Delilah Montagu and second for Wish You Were Here featuring Asanda Lusaseni-Mvana.

For their 25th year, the SAMAs returned home to their cradle at the Alberton Civic Theatre, east of Johannesburg where they were first held in 1994.

The night, heavy with sentiment and nostalgia, was hosted by the iconic Dosto Noge of Duku Duku fame and child star Hulisani Ravele and featured some spectacular performances from SAMA award-winning musicians.

The industry also came out in droves to place bets on who would be nominated and what a nail-biter it turned out to be.

Nhlanhla Sibisi, Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) CEO congratulated the nominees and said this has been a great year of music.

Music legend, Steve Kekana performs at the South African Music Awards nomination event in Johannesburg. Photo: Supplied

“We are proud of this nomination list which we believe is a fair reflection of the artists who made a good impact in the industry and had music lovers entertained,” said Sibisi.

“The stage is set for a showdown as we start the countdown to Sun City for the final awards show. We salute all the nominees and send out best wishes to all.”

The theme for this year was revealed as #recognise and Sibisi said they recognise that this 25th year anniversary moment is bigger than any single artist, genre, award or song.

He said they are here because of all that has gone before citing the artists, genres, the story of our democracy, and the soundtracks of our lives.

“We recognise the power of the moment where stand right now…and we recognise the possibility of where we are going,” concluded the CEO.

The SAMA25 award show will be staged on May 31 and June 1 at Sun City resort in North West province.

Details: www.samusicawards.co.za

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