Black Coffee, Sho Madjozi, Sjava and others in SAMA Nominee List: Facts, Stats, Possibilities…



An idea that began 25 years ago, with many not taking it too seriously back then, has today morphed into one of the most prestigious awards in South Africa, with entertainers scrambling for nomination slots.

That is the South African Music Awards (SAMA) for you. And yes the award is a quarter of a century old and one of the most coveted. The year’s event – the 25th SAMA – is billed for Alberton, Johannesburg, the same place the award began 25 years ago.

It would be more like a homecoming for the event and its organizers, a walk through memory’s didactic gates. It is not in doubt that this is one walk that will be relished and for a long time too. There are many reasons for this, of course.

On is that the award – contrary to the expectations of some peeps at the outset – has not flopped. It has rather become one of the biggest music awards in South Africa. You may say Southern Africa. And if you have won a SAMA your art probably means something.

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The SAMA is awarded in over a dozen categories, including Male Artist of he Year, Female Artist of the Year, Duo/ Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Best Jazz Album, Best pop Album. Best Live Audio Visual recording and Best Maskandi Album.

Other categories are Best Afro Pop  Album, Best Reggae Album, Hest Hip hop Album, Best Dance Album, Best African Adult Contemporary Album, Best Kwaito/Gqom/Amapiano, Best Traditional Album and Best African Indigenous Faith Album. The list is by no means comprehensive.

The nominee list for this year’s SAMA has just been announced. The list spots the cream of South African musical stars, with leading the pack with five nominations, proving once again that he is one of the kings on the music scene in South Africa.

Following fiercely behind are artistes like , , and Dikana. They all have four nominations each.

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Other nominees on the list are AKA, Anatii, Nicksoul, Busiswa, Distruction Boyz, DJ Maphorisa, Jeremy loops, Sannie Fox, Ard Matthews, Georgetown, DJ Capital, Prince Kaybee, Vilakazi, Zakes Bantwini, Nasty C and Mlindo the Vocalist.

Apparently the nominee list covers artistes of every stripe, skill and persuasion. It may be thought of as all inclusive, with honour beads potentially waiting for whoever would receive.

For those with nomination in just one category the chances of winning may be slim indeed, unlike those with nominations in four, five categories. To this end it might be said that the SAMA 2019 award night might ultimately belong to . With nominations in five categories, including Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year, he stands a chance of at least going home with two award plaques.

Black Coffee’s nomination is one that has been greeted with open joy and approval. He is probably South Africa’s number one disc jockey right now, highly revered and in high demand around the world.

He was part of the lineup for the Global citizen festival in 2018 and immediately after the global event received an invitation to a private party by Beyonce and Jay Z. He began 2019 with two international gigs.

Need one say he has won the International DJ Awards at Ibiza three years in a row? Need one also add that Portuguese football star Christiano Ronaldo was jamming to a song of Black Coffee’s the other day?

For who has got several hits to her name including the album “Limpopo Champions League,” a four-category nomination is no big deal. She is one outstanding songstress who has worked with some of the big names on the global stage. In fact, as we had observed earlier, she is a music jewel in the sun.

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The 25th SAMA is scheduled to take place June 1 2019 in Sun City. It might turn out a night of many surprises, with favourites either not winning anything or falling short of expected wins. Either way, it is going to be a revealing night. Already, South Africa can’t wait.

Interested in the full list of nominees? You may find it below:

Male Artist of the Year

Anatii – IYEZA
Black Coffee – Music is King
Nakhane – You will not die
  – Umqhele
Thokozani Langa  – Iyabuza Induna

Female Artist of the Year

Busiswa – Summer Life
Kelly Khumalo – Unleashed
Lebo Sekgobela – Umusa
Sho Madjozi – Limpopo Champions League
  – L.O.V.E

Duo/Group of the Year

Tshwane Gospel Choir – The Next Revival
Spirit of Praise – Spirit of Praise Vol.7
Ofeleba – Hi & Low
Encore – Segarona
Black Motion – Moya Wa Taola

Album of the Year

Black Coffee – Music is King
Black Motion – Moya Wa Taola
– Umqhele
Vusi Nova – Manyan-nyan
– L.O.V.E

Newcomer of the Year

Mlindo The Vocalist – Emakhaya
Paxton – This is me
Sho Madjozi – Limpopo Champions League
Simmy – Tugela Fairy
– Africa to the World

Best Jazz Album

Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane – Closer to Home
Thandi Ntuli – Exiled
Bokani Dyer Trio – Neo Native
Tune Recreation Committee – Afrika Grooves with the Tune Recreation Committee
Mandisi Dyantyis – Somandla

Best Pop Album

Jarrad Ricketts – Break the Rules
Paxton – This is me
Majozi – Majozi
Tresor – Nostalgia
Tholwana –

Beste Pop Album

4 Werke –  4 by 4
The Rockets  – Sonskyn
Brendan Peyper – Dis Nie Sonde Nie
Snotkop – SOUS
Jan Bloukaas – Lewe

Best Live Audio Visual Recording

Neyi Zimu – Another Level of Worship
Krone Various Artists – Krone 5
Jabu Hlongwane – Crosspower Experience 3
Cassper Nyovest – Fill up Orlando Stadium
Spirit of Praise Vol 7 –  Spirit of Praise 7

Best Maskandi Album

Thokozani Langa – Iyabuza Induna
Ofeleba – Hi & Low
Sgwebo Sentambo – Yekani Umona
Mbuzeni – Ungishiyelani
Ichwane Lebhaca – Imali Yesoso

Rest of Africa Artist

Diamond Platnumz – A Boy From Tandale
Kommanda Obbs – Kommanda Obbs
Mr Eazi – Lagos to London
Nixon – Who We Are
Oliver Mtukudzi – Hany’ga

Best Afro Pop Album

Kelly Khumalo – Unleashed
Mlindo The Vocalist – Emakhaya
Simmy – Tugela Fairy
Sjava – Umqhele
Vusi Nova – Manyan-Nyan

Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album

Almero – Maandag
Coenie de Villiers – Pure Coenie
Douvoordag – Die Avontuur
Jan Blohm – Die Liefde Album
Refentse – Liefdegenerasie

Best Reggae Album

Black Dillinger – Mavara is King
The Meditators – Explosion
Ras Vuyo – Diversion
Botanist – Game Changer
Bongo Riot – Next Levels 

Best Hip Hop Album

AKA – Touch my Blood
Emtee – DIY2
Jabba X – #FGTBB
Kid X – Thank Da King
Nasty C – Strings and Bling

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

Tshwane Gospel Choir – The Next Revival
Khaya Mthethwa – All About Jesus
Neyi Zimu – Another Level of Worship
Ntokozo Mbambo – Moments in Time
We Will Worship – Seasons Volume 1

Best Dance Album

DJ Fistaz  – Mixwell Summer
– Africa To The World
Mobi Dixon – 10 Steps Forward
Black Coffee – Music is King
Black Motion – Moya Wa Taola

Best Traditional Faith Album

Lebo Sekgobela – Umusa
Paul K – Time of God Manifest
Sipho Ngwenya – Intimate Worship Season 3
Spirit of Praise 7 – Spirit of Praise Vol.7
Kholeka – Your Word – Alibuyi Lilambatha Izwi Lakho

Best African Adult Contemporary Album

Anatii – IYEZA
Encore – Segarona
Nathi –  Iphupha Labantu
Ntokozo Mbambo & Nqubeko Mbatha – The Anniversary Project
Tabia – The Journey

Best R&B/Soul Album

Kabomo – All Things Red
Mlu – A Day For The Universe
Lady X – Love.Life.Complicated
Zonke – L.O.V.E
Nicksoul – Therapy

Best Kwaito/Gqom/Amapiano

Busiswa – Summer Life
Distruction Boyz – It Was All A Dream
DJ Maphorisa – Gqom Wave Vol.2
Sho Madjozi – Limpopo Champions League
Spikiri –  King Don Father

Best Rock Album

CrashCarBurn – Headlights
Dan Patlansky – Perfection Kills
Hellcats – The Hex and the Healer
The Black Cat Bones – Here is a Knife
The Parlotones – China

Best Traditional Album

Vhavhenda Cultural Group – Tshianda Nguvhoni
University of Limpopo Choristers & Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra  – Africa Tivule
Tswelelang Cultural Dancers – Motho Wa Me
Mzimkhulu Happy Boys – Nqoba izitha
Candy – Hupenyu Unenge Viri

Best Alternative Album

Breindy and Matt – Ruth Ave
Gabi Motuba- Tefiti Goddess of Creation
Jeremy Loops  – Critical As Water
Nakhane – You will Not Die
Sannie Fox – My Soul Got Stranger

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Watershed –  Harbour
Roan Ash – Whiskey to my Soul
Georgetown – The Dog Show
Ard Matthews – Impossible Machines
8 Misses Croon – …Like never before

Best African Indigenous Faith Album

Trust in Christ Ministries – Elami Igama
The General Isitimela – Amen Ezulwini
Ithimba Le-Africa – Sesiphunyukile
In Zion of Christ –  Izinyembezi
Christ Worshippers Mass Choir – Nkosi Ngiyakuthanda

Best Engineer

CH2 – Starstruck
Nasty C – Strings and Bling
Sjava – Umqhele
Hellcats – The Hex and the Healer
Vusi Nova – Manyan-nyan

Remix of the Year

DJ Capital – Skebe Dep Dep ft. Kwesta, Kid X, Reason, Youngsta CPT and Stogie T
Prince Kaybee – Club Controller
SPHEctacula and DJ Naves – Bhampa
Zakes Bantwini – Bang Bang Bang
Zakwe –  Sebentin ft. Refiloe Maele Phoolo, Jabulani Tsambo; Lesego Moiloa; Senzo Mfundo Vilakazi; Ncazelo Mtolo

Collaboration of the year

Sun-El Musician – Sonini ft. Simphiwe Nhlangulela
Sun-El Musician – Ntaba Ezikude ft. Simphiwe Nhlangulela
Dj Sumbody – Monate Mpolaye ft. Cassper Nyovest, Thebe and Vettis
Black Coffee – Drive  ft. David Guetta and Delilah Montagu
Black Coffee – Wish you were here ft. Asanda Lusaseni-Mvana

Music Video of the Year

Bongeziwe Mabandla ft. Spoek Mathambo – Bawo Wam
Jeremy Loops – Gold
Mafikizolo ft. Jah Prayzah  –  Mazuva Akanaka
Sho Madjozi  –  Huku
The Parlotones  – Beautiful Life

Best Produced Album

AKA – Touch my Blood
Kholeka – Your Word – Alibuyi Lilambatha Izwi Lakho
The Vocalist – Emakhaya 
Nasty C – String and Bling
Zonke – L.O.V.E