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The SAMA nominations have officially been announced

The South African Music Award nominees have officially been announced and we wish all the artists the best of luck.

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The South African Music Awards is a premier music showcase hosted by RiSA. This annual event honours the country’s finest music talent over two days in key categories, as they battle for the South African industry’s highest honour – a statuette at the South African Music Awards.


Nominees also take the stage by storm with a series of epic, never-to-be-repeated performances, as the nation watches SA’s finest talent at work.

Best Rock Album

  • Snakes and Ladders - Lost & Found
  • If You Don’t You Never Will - Prime Circle
  • Those Meddling Kids (TMK) - Shortstraw
  • Blitzkriek - Willim Welsyn
  • Selfmedikasie - Fokofpolisiekar

   

Best Pop Album

  • Restless - Craig Lucas
  • Barely Breathing - Connell Cruise
  • The Beautiful Madness - TRESOR
  • Monark - Monark
  • Rose Gold - Shekhinah

   

Beste Pop Album

  • Uitbasuin - Ray Dylan
  • Sing Vir Liefde - Karlien van Jaarsveld
  • Hy Loop Oop - Brendan Peyper
  • Laat Die Dansvloer Brand - Kurt Darren
  • Iemand Om Lief Te He - Lianie May

   

Best Adult Contemporary Album

  • Indie Soul - Josie Field
  • Now Listen Properly - Swing City
  • Symphonic Soweto - Wouter Kellerman
  • Life’s Journey - Charlie Finch
  • Miscellany - Janie Bay


Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

  • Queen van die Toorbos - Saarkie
  • OKAY! - Die Heuwels Fantasties
  • Skepe - Jo Black
  • Korreltjie - Kantel Luna Paige, Nick Turner, Jamie Jupiter
  • Jy en Ek en Ek en Jy - Chris Chameleon

Best African Adult Contemporary Album

  • Time II Time - Joe Nina
  • Ilanga - Siseko Pame
  • Based on a True Story - Serame Sediti
  • Siphokazi - Siphokazi
  • Tribute Birdie Mboweni The Deluxe Edition Album - Tribute Birdie Mboweni

   

Best Alternative Music Album

  • You Princess is in Another Castle - Loui Lvndn
  • Afrika 4 Beginners - Jack Parow
  • Hierdie is die Lewe - Francois van Coke
  • The Morning Show - Josh Kempen
  • Mangaliso - Bongeziwe Mabandla

   

Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album

  • Busisiwe - Cici
  • The Greatest Hits - The Nameless Band
  • Songs About You - Thabsie
  • Relationships - Afrotraction
  • Never Lost - Thami

   

Best Hip Hop Album

  • Stay Shining - Riky Rick
  • The New Era Sessions - Rouge
  • Yellow Shane - Eagle
  • Manando - Emtee
  • F2D Presents: Hall of Fame - Fresh 2 Def Productions

 

Best Kwaito Album

  • Bona That Rural Dream - Mashabela Galane
  • So fa Silahlane - Team Mosha
  • Do Mo Squats - Chomee
  • Highly Flavoured - Busiswa
  • Ska Ba Hemisa - Trendsetters

   

Best Dance Album

  • Pure Black Album - DJ Merlon
  • Ganyani’s House Grooves 10 - DJ Ganyani
  • King Zamar - Lady Zamar
  • I Am Music - Prince Kaybee
  • Familia - Mi Casa

   

Best Traditional Faith Music Album

  • Live In Johannesburg - Women In Praise
  • Sinekhaya - Sipho Makhabane
  • Egameni LikaJesu - Dumi Mkokstad
  • Worship In Spirit & in Truth with Omega Khunou - Omega Khunou
  • Andile KaMajola Chapter 8 Sekwanele - Andile KaMajola

   

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

  • Wonders of Mercy - Bongani Nchang
  • Victorious In His Presence with Benjamin Dube - Benjamin Dube
  • The Alabaster - Swazi
  • Solid Rock - Sicelo Moya
  • Heaven’s Ways - Nqubeko Mbatha

   

Best African Indigenous Gospel Album

  • Yala Nkosi - Believers in Christ
  • Samson Aphi Amandla Akho - Vuma Zion
  • Bonke Abamethembayo - Futhi Shongwe
  • Soloko Intliziyo Yam - Amadodana Ase Wesile
  • Ntjhafatso - Barorisi Ba Morena


Best African Artist Album

  • This is Me - NINIOLA
  • Sounds from the Other Side - Wizkid
  • Yellow The Novel - Zoë Modiga
  • M&M - Moreira Chonguica and Manu Dibango
  • The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience - Simphiwe Dana

   

Best Traditional Music Album

  • Pitsi - Dinonyane Cultural Group
  • Uthando - Bomshell
  • Isiqalo – The Beginning - Complete
  • Jessica Mbangeni Sings IGoli Live @Lyric Theatre Johannesburg - Jessica Mbangeni
  • Indodana - University of Pretoria Camerata

   

Best Maskandi Album

  • Miss South Africa - Uqhosha Ngokwenzakwakhe
  • Emkhathini - Shwi noMtekhala
  • Isixaxa Samaxoki - Khuzani
  • 6 to 6 - Abafana Baka Mgqumeni
  • Wavuma - Mbuzeni

   

Best Jazz Album

  • The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience - Simphiwe Dana
  • Live at the Bird’s Eye - The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra
  • Yellow The Novel - Zoë Modiga
  • Voices of our Vision Tune - Recreation Committee
  • Ikhambi - Nduduzo Makhathini

   

Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album

  • Insomnia - CH2
  • Chilled - James Grace
  • Matimba Ya Vuyimbeleri - University of Limpopo Choristers & the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Window to the Ashram - Kinsmen
  • Baroqueswing Vol. III - Charl du Plessis Trio

   

Best  Afro Pop Album

  • Inqola - Blaq Diamond
  • Mayibuye - Ntando
  • 20 - Mafikizolo
  • Mgodi - Zahara
  • Robbie Malinga - Robbie Malinga
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Best Live Audio Visual Recording / DVD

  • Krone 4 Live - Krone
  • Victorious In His Presence with Benjamin Dube - Benjamin Dube
  • The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience Experience - Simphiwe Dana
  • The Parlotones Orchestrated - The Parlotones
  • Red Mic Experience - Donald

   

Best Collaboration

  • Omunye - Distruction Boyz ft Benny Maverick & Dladla Mshunqisi
  • Spirit - Kwesta ft Wale
  • Inde - Heavy K ft Busi & Nokwazi
  • Akanamali - Sun_EL Musician ft Samthing Soweto
  • Ngempela - Sjava ft Howard & DJ Maphorisa

   

Music Video of the Year

  • Let It Flow - Shane Eagle
  • Naaa Meaan - Nadia Nakai
  • Spirit - Kwesta ft Wale
  • Don’t do it - Nasty C
  • Arumtumtum - Rouge

   

Best Produced Album

  • Rose Gold - Shekhinah
  • Familia - Mi Casa
  • 20 - Mafikizolo
  • Late Night People - Goldfish
  • I Am Music - Prince Kaybee


Best Engineered Album

  • A Noise in the Void Kahn
  • Familia Mi Casa
  • 20 Mafikizolo
  • Ikhambi Nduduzo Makhathini
  • Gqom Is The Future Distruction Boyz

   

Remix of the Year

  • Faith Alive - King Bayaa
  • I Got You - Mobi Dixon
  • Free - Household Funk
  • Buy It Out - Riky Rick feat. Youngsta CPT, KLY, Da Les, Frank Casino, J Molley & Stilo Magolide
  • Lake By The Ocean - Mobi Dixon

 

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