South African Music Awards

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The South African Music Awards (SAMAs) are an annual award ceremony, run by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA), where accolades are presented to members of South Africa's music industry. Winners receive a statuette called a SAMA. The event was established in 1995. The ceremony is held in May or April every year and contenders are judged on performances made in the previous year. The show is held at the Super Bowl in Sun City and broadcast on SABC1. The ceremony features live performances by some of the nominees. The SAMAs are the South African equivalent of the American Grammy Awards.

Awards[edit]

SAMAs grouped into a number of categories (List of South African Music Award categories) which are representative of South Africa's varying popular musical genres. The majority of these are awarded to artists chosen by a panel of judges.

SAMAs that are not decided by a panel of judges[edit]

The winners of the following SAMAs are not chosen by a panel of judges:

  • Best-selling Album: Judged purely on sales, i.e. the South African album with the highest number of sales
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Chosen by the executive committee of RiSA
  • Record of the Year: Determined by a public vote, by SMS

Top 5[edit]

The Top 5 are considered to be the most prestigious of the SAMAs.

  • Album of the year
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Female Artist
  • Best Male Artist
  • Best Duo or Group

Other Awards[edit]

Several other awards are also given out, approximately 50 in total, with many changing from year to year to accommodate changes in music styles and changes in popularity of already existing genres. They include awards for specific genres of music, such as Mbaqanga, Rock, and Kwaito; as well as for performances in specific languages such as Afrikaans or Tsonga; and for other things such as production and music videos. At times genres are grouped together into a single category based on their popularity amongst a certain demographic (e.g. Best Urban Artist nominees are often Hip Hop, African pop and Kwaito artists grouped together since these genres are popular amongst South Africans living in urban areas).

Judging process[edit]

Most categories are judged by panels of unpaid, independent judges drawn from the broadcast and print media, as well as freelance writers and critics, performing musicians, and from academia. Entries are submitted by record companies belonging to RISA but the body of judges, which numbers a couple of hundred people, is chosen specifically for its lack of formal involvement with the record industry. Unlike some "academies", the body of SAMA judges is constantly evolving to introduce new expertise and opinion.

5th South African Music Awards (1999)[edit]

The 5th Annual SAMAs were held on 18 May 1999[1] with the following key awards issued:

  • Best Female Artist - Brenda Fassie for Memeza
  • Best Male Artist - Ringo for Mamelani
  • Best Duo/Group - TKZee for Halloween
  • Best Newcomer (artist or group) - Tasché for Tasché
  • Song of the Year - Brenda Fassie for Vul'indlela
  • Best African Gospel Album-Rebecca Malope-Uzobe Nam

6th to 9th South African Music Awards (2000-2003)[edit]

10th South African Music Awards (2004)[edit]

The award ceremony took place on 29 May 2004 at the Sun City Super Bowl. Special, "of the decade" categories were introduced once off to mark the tenth anniversary of the SAMAs. The winners were: SAMA 2004 winners in major categories:

11th South African Music Awards (2005)[edit]

The award ceremony took place on 16 April 2005 at the Sun City Super Bowl. SAMA 2005 winners in major categories:

12th South African Music Awards (2006)[edit]

The award ceremony took place on 6 May 2006 at the Sun City Super Bowl. SAMA 2006 winners in major categories:

Lifetime Achievement Winners: Piet Botha, Joe Correira, Al Debbo, Thandi Klaasen, Rex Rabanye

13th South African Music Awards (2007)[edit]

The award ceremony took place on 14 April 2007 at the Sun City Super Bowl. SAMA 2007 winners in major categories:

14th South African Music Awards (2008)[edit]

The award ceremony took place on 3 May 2008 at the Sun City Super Bowl. SAMA 2008 winners in major categories:

15th South African Music Awards (2009)[edit]

The 15th Annual MTN South African Music Awards took place on 2 May at the Sun City Super Bowl. The multiple award winners included Lira, Goldfish, Thembisile and Joyous Celebration. Rhythmic Elements' 2 by 2 won MTN Record of the year. It was hosted by Trevor Noah and featured performances by top South African acts such as GoldFish, Bhekumuzi Luthuli (died April 2010),[2] Prime Circle and Zamajobe. Major winners were:-

16th South African Music Awards (2010)[edit]

The 16th Annual MTN South African Music Awards took place on 17 April at the Sun City Super Bowl. Kelly Rowland premiered the official MTN World Cup 2010 theme song Everywhere You Go alongside other African singers such as 2face Idibia, Zuluboy or Chameleone. Other local superstars who performed at the glitzy award ceremony which was presented by Trevor Noah, included Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP), Die Heuwels Fantasties, Sterling EQ, Romanz, and Soweto Gospel Choir SAMA 2010 winners:[3]

  • Male Artist of the Year Artist: Black Coffee - Home Brewed
  • Female Artist of the Year: Lira - Live in Concert: A Celebration
  • Duo / Group of the Year: Jaziel Brothers - The Journey
  • Newcomer of the Year: Tshepo Mngoma - People and Places
  • Album of the Year: Big Nuz - Undisputed
  • Best Music Video of the Year: The Parlotones - Push Me To The Floor
  • Best Maskandi Album: Umgqumeni - I SMS
  • Best Rock Album (English): The Parlotones - Stardust Galaxies
  • Best Pop Album (English): Axene - 16
  • Best Pop Album (Afrikaans): Bobby van Jaarsveld - Net Vir Jou
  • Best Pop Album (African): Ntando - Inqubenko
  • Best Urban Pop Album: Jozi - Wild Life
  • Best Sokkie Dans Album: Die Campbells - Mamma Maria
  • Best Urban Dance Album: Black Coffee - Home Brewed
  • Best Rap Album: Teargas - Dark or Blue
  • Best Kwaito Album: Big Nuz - Undisputed
  • Best Jazz / Instrumental / Popular Classical DVD - Wouter Kellerman
  • Best Contemporary Jazz Album: Adam Glasser - Free at First
  • Best African Traditional Gospel Album: Sechaba - Mangihamba Mawe
  • MTN Best Selling Mobile Music Download: Hands Up - DJ Cleo
  • Best Selling Album: Afrikaner Hart - Bok van Blerk
  • Lifetime Achievement: Carike Keuzenkamp & Jabu Khanyile
  • International Achievement: Soweto Gospel Choir
  • MTN Record of the Year: Umlilo - Big Nuz featuring Tira

17th South African Music Awards (2011)[edit]

For the first time, the SAMAs were held in Johannesburg at Montecasino, Fourways. The main ceremony which was broadcast on SABC 1 was on Saturday 21 May 2011, but a smaller gala event took place the night before. Loyiso Bala was one of the presenters, and freshlyground, Goldfish and Nomfusi amongst the guest performers. Some of the big winners were:

  • Album of the Year: Liquideep – Fabrics of the Heart
  • Newcomer of the Year: Locnville – Sun in My Pocket
  • Duo or group of the Year: Liquideep – Fabrics of the Heart
  • Male Artist of the Year: Professor – University Of Kalawa Jazmee
  • Female artist of the Year: Thandiswa Mazwai – Dance of the Forgotten Free – Live in Concert
  • MTN Record of the Year: Professor - Imoto
  • Best Music Video of the Year: The Parlotones – The Stars Fall Down
  • International Achievement Award: Die Antwoord
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Lance James & Sipho Gumede
  • Best African Pop Album: Theo Kgosinkwe - Grateful
  • Best English Pop Album: Jax Panik – I Am Jax Panik
  • Best Afrikaans Pop Album: Juanita du Plessis – Engel Van My Hart
  • Best English Rock Album: Prime Circle – Jekyll & Hyde
  • Best Afrikaans Rock Album: Van Coke Kartel – Skop, Skiet en Donner
  • Best Sokkie Dans Album: Kurt Darren - Die Beste Medisyne
  • Best Rap Album: Amu – The Principle
  • Best Kwaito Album: Professor – University Of Kalawa Jazmee
  • Best Instrumental Album - Wouter Kellerman
  • Best Jazz / Instrumental / Popular Classical DVD: Sterling EQ
  • Best popular classical album: Peter Martens & Luis Magalhães – Beethoven Cello Sonatas
  • Best R&B/Neo-Soul Album: Leanne - The Journey
  • MTN Best-selling Mobile Music Download: DJ Mzi ft. DJ Cleo – Nababantwana
  • Full-track Download of the Year: Shout – Artists for a Safer South Africa
  • Best English Adult Contemporary Album: Freshlyground - Radio Africa
  • Best African Adult Contemporary Album: Stimela - A Lifetime
  • Best English Alternative Music Album: Yoav – A Foolproof Escape Plan
  • Best African Alternative Music Album: Nomsa Mazwai - Nomisupa
  • Best Global Chart DVD: The Parlotones - Live Design
  • Best Global Dance Album: Goldfish – Get Busy Living
  • Best Multi-Artist Live DVD: Huisgenoot Skouspel 2010

18th South African Music Awards (2012)[edit]

The 18th Annual MTN South African Music Awards took place on 29–30 April at Sun City. They were regarded as a major success garnering praise from critics and the public. SAMA 18 came with a new silk award design.

And the winners are:

  • Best Alternative Album: The Dirty Skirts for Lost In The Fall
  • Best Kiddies Album: Wendy Oldfield for Singalong Kidz Volume 2
  • Best Smooth Urban Music Album: Zahara for Loliwe
  • Best Contemporary Faith Music Album: The Plain Truth – We Are The Shining Ones
  • Best Classical and Instrumental Album: CH2 for Ping
  • Best Collaboration: Zahara featuring Georgy for Incwad’Encane
  • Best Jazz Album: Jimmy Dludlu for Tonota
  • Best Pop Album: Lloyd Cele for One
  • Best African Adult Album: Zonke for Ina Ethe
  • Best Rock Album: Shadowclub for Guns and Money
  • Best Traditional Music Album: Soul Brothers for Amaphutha
  • Best Traditional Faith Music Album: Solly Mahlangu for Mwamba Mwamba
  • Best Street Urban Music Album: AKA for Altar Ego
  • Best Sokkie Dans Album: Snotkop for Ek Laaik Van Jol
  • Best Adult Contemporary Album: Elvis Blue for Elvis Blue (2CD Special Edition)
  • Best Maskandi Album: Thokozani Langa for I-Protection Order
  • Best Kwaito Album: Big Nuz for Pound for Pound
  • Best Dance Album: Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music
  • Special Award: Best Selling Album: Zahara for Loliwe
  • Special Award: MTN Best Selling Mobile Music Download: Facebook by DJ Cleo
  • Newcomer of the Year: Zahara for Loliwe
  • Duo/Group of the Year: Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music
  • Male Artist of the Year: AKA for Altar Ego
  • Female Artist of the Year: Zahara for Loliwe
  • MTN Record of the Year: Mi Casa for These Streets
  • Album of the Year: Loliwe by Zahara
  • Best Engineer: Johan van der Colff for Zahara - Loliwe

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SA Rock Digest No. 17". Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  2. ^ Thedeadrockstarsclub.com Accessed April 2010
  3. ^ http://www.samusicawards.co.za/#/news/id:63

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