Tshepiso Makhele
6 minute read
21 Apr 2016
3:01 pm

And the SAMA nominees are…

Tshepiso Makhele

The moment most fans and artists have been waiting for has finally arrived.

Amanda du Pont and Cassper Nyovest. Picture: SAMA Flickr

The South Africa Music Awards (SAMA) 2016 nominee list is out, and now its just up to fans to begin making sure that their favourite muso’s walk away with the prestigious award.

The competition seems extremely tight this year, with some fans up in arms and not pleased with the list and others adamant on who they believe will take most awards. Similar to the latest Metro FM awards, the new man in the hip hop scene, artist Emtee is nominated in most of the awards, leaving his followers excited and speculating that the hip hop star will walk away with more than one award. Emtee won four metro FM awards this year, and since then, the musician has become a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

Other major artist that got nominated in a few categories include, renowned DJ Black Coffee, hip hop star Riky Rick, music sensation Nathi and Motswako’s first lady Fifi Cooper. The announcement for the prestigious ‘Song of the Year’ category will be announced on Friday at 19:30, during SABC 1 music show, Live Amp.

The South African Music will be held in Durban this year.

Nominees for the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards:

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 & Lady Zamar – Cotton Candy
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

Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans)   
Karlien van Jaarsveld – My Hartjie
Brendan Peyper – Stop, Wag, Bly Nog ’n Bietjie
Vaughan Gardiner – Sit Vanaand op Herhaal
Pierre Rossouw – In my Bloed
Suzanne – Vuurbestand

Best Adult Contemporary Album   
Judith Sephuma – One Word
Watershed – Watch the Rain
Karen Zoid & Various – Republiek van Zoid Afrika Vol. 2
Kahn – Salt
Josie Field & Laurie Levine – Tigerlily

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album 
Elvis Blue – Êrens in die Middel van Nêrens
Andriëtte – Pêrel vir ’n Kroon
Neil Somers – Hierdie Hande
Bok van Blerk – Sing Afrikaner Sing
Stiaan Reynierse – Sonde

Best African Adult Album  
Dizu Plaatjies & Friends – Ubuntu – The Common String
Kabomo – Sekusile
Thiwe – Soul Therapy
L’wei Netshivhale – Mudzimu washu
Jessica Mbangeni – Busisiwe – Tribute to the African      Heroines

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 Traditional Faith Music Album
TYGC Family – The Journey Begins
Worship House – Project 12 Praise Live
Worship House – True Worship 2015
Dumi Mkokstad – Ukhona Uthixo
Women in Praise – Various Artists

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album 
Ntokozo Mbambo – Spirit and Life
Mark Counihan – To the Brave Ones
Mahalia Buchanan – Redeemed to Worship
24 Skies – Endless Anthem
Benjamin Dube – Sanctified in His Presence

Best Maskandi Album
Imithente – Ichakijana
Thokozani Langa – Khuzeka Mshana
Shwi no Mtekhala – Bazali Bami
Buselaphi – Gabi Gabi
Phuzekhemisi – Woze Durban

Best Jazz Album
Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR Jazz Orchestra – One Night in the Sun
Nduduzo Makhathini – Listening to the Ground
Benjamin Jephta Quintet – Homecoming
Amandla Freedom Ensemble – Bhekisiwe
Bokani Dyer – World Music

Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album
Wouter Kellerman – Love Language
Guy Buttery – Guy Buttery
Deep South – Heartland
Cape Consort – Christoph & Sebastian
KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra – Mintirho ya SJ Khosa

Best Live Audiovisual Recording

Jimmy Dludlu – Live at Emperors Palace
Krone – Krone 2
Ntokozo Mbambo – Spirit and Life
Neyi & Omega – Friends in Praise
Benjamin Dube – Sanctified in His Presence

Best Collaboration
Dbn Nyts ft. Zinhle Ngidi & Trademark – Shumaya
Shekinah x Kyle Deutsch – Back to the Beach
AKA ft. Redsan, Burna Boy & Stoneboy – All Eyes on Me
Major League DJz ft. Cassper Nyovest, Okmalumkoolkat, Riky Rick & Carpo – Sylza Tsotsi
Khuli Chana ft. Patoranking – No Lie

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

Best Produced Album of the Year
Zahara – Country Girl
Mi Casa – Home Sweet Home
Sannie Fox – Serpente Masjien
Mark Counihan – To the Brave Ones
Zonke – Work of Heart

Best Engineered Album of the Year
Black Coffee – Pieces of Me
Brendan Peyper – Stop, Wag, Bly Nog ’n Bietjie
Zonke – Work of Heart
Mi Casa – Home Sweet Home
Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR Jazz Orchestra – One Night in the Sun

Best Remix of the Year
DJ Sliqe – Do Like I Do Remix
AKA – Baddest Remix
Mobi Dixon – My Sugar
Mobi Dixon – Never Let Me Go Remix
The Fraternity – Bheka Mina Ngedwa Amplified

Category winners to be announced at the awards ceremony:

International and Lifetime Achievement Awards

·         Best Selling Album
·         Best Selling DVD
·         Best Selling Mobile Music Download
·         Best Selling True-Tone
·         Best Selling Ring-Back Tone
·         Best Selling Full-Track Download