In celebration of the milestone 25 years of the SA Music Awards (SAMA), the theme for this year is 25toLife. It’s a nostalgic trip into the past which provides a better understanding of the present, in a manner that excites us about the future.
For a quarter of a century, the SAMAs have proven to be a mainstay of the local music industry. While music trends come and go, and influences evolve with every passing year, the SAMA remains the one constant element that spurs on the industry to do more and be the best in their endeavours.
As the most prestigious and sought after trophy, the SAMA is a validation chased by every ambitious musician, singer, producer or engineer and anyone in the music food chain.
From their humble beginnings at the Alberton Civic Centre, 25 years ago, the SAMAs have evolved into a glittering star studded extravaganza, broadcast live on SABC1 and attracting millions of viewers. In today’s world of social media, the SAMAs always sit at the top of the trends and are one of the most hunted invites for musicians, socialites, hustlers, the media and everybody in between.
They have been hosted in Johannesburg, Sun City and Durban over the 25 years with Sun City dominating most of the years.
The SAMAs have honoured the achievements of practically all the musicians who have contributed to the music landscape, from the Sophiatown songbirds, Miriam Makeba, Manhattan Brothers, Dolly Rathebe, Dorothy Masuka, to 60s, 70s and 80s legends from a whole spectrum of music genres that spans bubblegum, pop, jazz and alternative.
The SAMAs are also the most inclusive with winners in Afrikaans, traditional, maskandi, alternative and contemporary, along with popular genres such as hip hop, dance, kwaito and reggae competing on an equal footing.
Their stage has been graced by some of the greatest talents to emerge from South Africa as hosts such as Trevor Noah, Bonang Matheba, Somizi Mhlongo, Kabelo Mabalane, the late HHP and presenters drawn from television, radio, government and the business sector.
The collaboration mashup showstoppers are a trademark element that distinguishes the SAMAs from the rest. These performances are eagerly awaited and with high production values, energy and daring effects always send the Superbowl into a frenzy.
The red carpet has also evolved as a social highlight which attracts fashion pundits and is a hot topic of discussion among fashionistas, glamazons and those who have a keen interest in all things sartorial.
Nhlanhla Sibisi, RiSA CEO commented: ’25 to Life is a celebration of the 25 years of SAMA’s existence and the role music played in driving social cohesion. We have lived music since the dawn of time and it has shaped the way we think and feel, and has helped us forge our identity as a nation.
‘We look forward to sharing memorable SAMA moments, from their humble beginning and how different genres have evolved in the last 25 years to reflect the country’s evolution. There is no doubt that South Africans live music and appreciate its meaning and impact in their lives, that is why the SAMAs continue to honour the artists through this premium event.’
Mme Ontlametse Mochware MEC for the North WestDepartment of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA) said her department enjoyed an inseparable affair with the SAMA and Sun City as the meeting place.
‘We pride ourselves for the indelible mark and touching the lives of many a musician and the business community of North West Province who keep benefitting economically during the SAMA season. The SAMAs are turning 25, and along it, we celebrate 25 years of democracy as a nation. This year’s theme of 25toLife resonates well with the number of years which have brought life to the living through our partnership with the SAMAs. ‘
AMA25 nominees led by Black Coffee and the year’s biggest hitmakers.
Black Coffee stamped his authority on the local music scene when he walked away with an impressive five nods at tonight’s SAMA25 nominee announcement.
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 featuring 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.
Hot on the heels of Black Coffee was Sjava’s Umqhele that earned him four nominations in Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Best Afro Pop Album and Best Engineer. Also standing at four nods is Sho Madjozi in Female Artist of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Best Kwaito/ Gqom/ Amapiano Album for Limpopo Champions League and Music Video of the Year for Huku.
It was also a good night for Zonke who bagged four nods in Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Best R&B/Soul Album and Best Produced Album for L.O.V.E. Sun-El Musician also hit a slam dunk with four nominations in Newcomer of the Year, Best Dance Album for Africa To The World and a double whammy in the Collaboration of the Year first for Sonini featuring Simmy and Ntaba Ezikude featuring Simmy.
Nasty C scored three nominations in Best Hip Hop Album, Best Produced Album and Best Engineer for Strings and Bling while Vusi Nova also sits pretty with nods in Album of the Year, Best engineer and Best Afro Pop Album for Manyan-nyan.
The late Oliver Mtukudzi is up for the Rest of Africa Artist award where he is nominated with Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania, Kommanda Obbs from Lesotho, Mr Eazi from Nigeria and Nixon Zimbabwe.
It will be an epic battle as the Best Hip Hop Album award is vied for by AKA (Touch My Blood), Emtee (DIY2), Jabba X (#FGTBB), Kid X (Thank Da King) and Nasty C (Strings and Bling).
The top honours in the Best Jazz Album category is contested by Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane (Closer to Home), Thandi Ntuli (Exiled), Bokani Dyer Trio (Neo Native), Tune Recreation Committee (Afrika Grooves with the Tune Recreation Committee and Mandisi Dyantyi (Somandla).
In the Best Maskandi Album Thokozani Langa (Iyabuza Induna) takes on Ofeleba (Hi &Low), Sgwebo Sentambo (Yekani Umona), Mbuzeni (Ungishiyelani) and Ichwane Lebhaca (Imali Yesoso).
SAMA25 sees the return of the Best Reggae Album category. Nominees vying for the trophy are Bongo Riot (Next Levels), Botanist (Game Changer), Ras Vuyo (Diversion) The Mediators (Explosion) and Black Dillinger (Mavara is King).
Two reality TV show winners Tholwana (22.214.171.124) and Paxton (This is Me) stake their claim for glory in the Best Pop Album as they go up against Majozi (Majozi), Tresor (Nostalgia) and Jarrad Ricketts (Break the Rules) while in the Beste Pop Album Snotkop (SOUS) is pitted up against 4 Werke (4 by 4), The Rockets (Sonskyn), Brendan Peyper (Dis Nie Sonde Nie) and Jan Bloukaas (Lewe).
The Best Traditional Faith Music Album is a stiff competition between Lebo Sekgobela (Umusa), Kholeka (Your Word – Alibuyi Lilambatha Izwi Lakho), Spirit of Praise (Spirit of Praise Vol.7), Sipho Ngwenya (Intimate Worship Season 3) and Paul K (Time of God Manifest). In the Best Contemporary Faith Music Album Ntokozo Mbambo (Moments in Time) will slug it out with Neyi Zimu (Another Level of Worship), Khaya Mthethwa (All About Jesus), Tshwane Gospel Choir (The Next Revival) and We Will Worship (Seasons Volume 1).
Nhlanhla Sibisi, RiSA CEO congratulated the nominees: “This has been a great year of music. 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. 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.”
Just like the SAMAs, Vodacom celebrates 25 years of connecting South Africans to the music they love this year, and in doing so acknowledges the hard work and dedication that goes in before
being recognised on a nominees list of this calibre. My Muze, connected by Vodacom, congratulates every nominee, and wishes them all the best on the night and for a very exciting future.” – Rehana Hassim: Vodacom Portfolio Manager – Music.
For the first time in the history of the SAMAs local audiences and around the world can secure a front row seat by streaming the nominations formalities live from Alberton on www.samusicawards.co.za on Thursday 25 April 2019 from 7pm to 9pm. The announcement show can also be viewed on www.mymuze.com after the event.
The North West MEC for Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs, Mme Ontlametse Mochware also congratulated the nominees. “As sponsors of the Awards, we recognise that getting a nomination for the SAMA’s is in itself an achievement. We look forward to the finals at Sun City and by the best win”
The SAMA25 award show will be staged on May 31 and June 1 at Sun City resort in North West province.
The annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs) are organised by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) in partnership with the North West Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs.
SABC is the official broadcast partner of SAMA25.
SAMA25 is supported by MY MUZE, Department of Arts and Culture, CAPPASSO, SAMPRA and SAMRO
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The annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs) are organised by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) in partnership with the North West Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs.SABC is the official broadcast partner of SAMA25