SAMA 2012 nominees announced

2012-03-08 11:13 Johannesburg - The annual MTN South African Music Awards nominees were announced on Thurdsay in Johannesburg.

Zahara is the frontrunner for the Samas with seven nominations for her album

Loliwe – this includes three in the Top 5 categories and one for MTN Record of the Year.

Soul-House trio Mi Casa is close on her heels with five nominations in total. Four are for their debut album

Mi Casa Music, the fifth nomination is for the MTN Record of the Year for their track These Streets.

Also earning five nominations is newcomer Kwa-Zulu Natal emcee Zakwe, who is in the running for Best Street Urban Album, Remix of the Year, Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.

Highest accolade

The 18th MTN Samas will be taking place on Sunday April 29 and Monday April 30 at the Sun City Resort.

The nominees were announced by Samas alumni including Loyiso Bala, HHP, Kabelo Mabalane, Solly Mahlangu, Kurt Darren, Ziyon Hamilton (Liquideep), Matshediso Mholo (Malaika), Greg Carlin (Zebra & Giraffe), Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse and Lira.

Joining the artists in announcing nominees for the Samas were MTN Sama CEO Randall Abrahams and MTN SA's Chief Marketing Officer Serame Taukobong .

"The MTN South African Music Awards represents the highest accolade for achievement in the art of recorded music," Abrahams said.

"The awards capture the defining spirit of music in South Africa and celebrate our finest musical talent."

Two-day event

In announcing the 29 categories, the panel revealed another multi-nominee in the form of accomplished songwriter and versatile Afro-Soul performer, Zonke, whose 2011 record,

Ina Ethe is up for three MTN South African Music Awards.

This includes a nomination for Album of the Year, where she's up against Zahara, Zakwe, Mi Casa and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who have earned the nomination for their album

Songs from the Farms.

Cape Town-based group Goodluck also earned multiple nominations including for Duo or Group of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Dance Album.

Rock also reared its head in the Best Newcomer of the Year category with Shadowclub's debut

Guns and Money up against Mi Casa, Zahara and Zakwe, as well as the Lwanda Gogwana.

Alongside winners in the 29 categories revealed on Thursday, several categories will be announced at the two-day awards event in April.

These include the Lifetime Achievement Award, the International Achievement Award and the Best-Selling Awards.

Voting is now open for the MTN Record of the Year – the only publicly voted category at the 18th Annual MTN South African Music Awards. The public can vote by sending an SMS with the letter assigned to their favourite artist to 083 123 SAMA (7262) at standard SMS rates.

The full list of nominees for the18th Annual MTN South African Music Awards:

Record Of The Year:

Amapansula Ajabulile – Kabelo Mabalane; Casanova – DJ Choice; Clap Your Hands – Zakes Bantwini Feat. Xolani Sithole;  Ex – Character;  Facebook – DJ Cleo; Get Over It – Bucie; I Wanna Love You – Lulo Café Feat. Nothende; Lengoma – DJ Sbu Feat. Zahara; Lento – Professor Feat. Speedy; Lighthouse – Elvis Blue; Loliwe – Zahara; Make It Easy – Lloyd Cele; Phakade – Lira; Settle For Less – Liquideep ; Taking It Easy – GoodLuck; These Streets – Mi Casa; Thinking About You – Theo; Kgosinkwe Feat. Zonke; Turning In My Sleep – Prime Circle; World of Mine – Loyiso Feat. Khuli Chana; You And I – Charlize Berg & Heinz Winckler

Album Of The Year:

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Songs From The Farms

Mi Casa – Mi Casa Music

Zahara – Loliwe

Zakwe – Zakwe

Zonke – Ina Ethe

Duo or Group Of The Year:

Big Nuz – Pound For Pound

Goodluck – Goodluck

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Songs From The Farms

Mi Casa – Mi Casa Music

Taxi Violence – Unplugged: Long Way From Home

Female Artist Of The Year:

Charlize Berg – Charlize Berg

Josie Field – 1984

Nomhle – Ikwezi (Morning Star)

Zahara – Loliwe

Zonke – Ina Ethe

Male Artist Of The Year:

AKA – Altar Ego

Bhekumuzi Luthuli – Isipho (Gift)

Jimmy Dludlu – Tonota

Lwanda Gogwana Songbook – Chapter 1

Zakwe – Zakwe

Newcomer Of The Year:

Lwanda Gogwana Songbook – Chapter 1

Mi Casa – Mi Casa Music

Shadowclub – Guns and Money

Zahara – Loliwe

Zakwe – Zakwe

Best Traditional:

Bhekumuzi Luthuli – Isipho (Gift)

Joe Shirimani Na Va Ndoda – Banana

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Song From The Farms

Soul Brothers – Amaphutha

Zozo – Tshigotsha Nama

Best Classical and Instrumental:

Ben Schoeman – Liszt

CH2 – Ping!

Charl Du Plessis Trio – Shanghai Brunch

Derek Gripper – The Sound Of Water

Zoë Beyers – Mendelssohn

Best Jazz:

Adam Glasser – Mzansi

Jimmy Dludlu – Tonota

Lwanda Gogwana Songbook – Chapter 1

Marcus Wyatt – ZAR

Vusi Khumalo – Reasons For Seasons

Best Adult Contemporary Album:

Chris Chameleon – As Jy Weer Skryf

Coenie De Villiers – Hart Van Glas

Elvis Blue – Elvis Blue (2CD Special Edition)

Josie Field – 1984

Judith Sephuma – I Am A Living Testimony

Best Africa Adult:

Moreira Chonguica And Various – Khanimambo: Tributes To Legends Of Mozambique

Nomhle – Ikwezi(Morning Star)

Somizi – 9 Lives - My Genesis

Unathi – With Love

Zonke – Ina Ethe

Best Contemporary Faith Music:

Joe Niemand – Ek Sal Nie Bang Wees Nie

Martin PK – Man On A Mission

Swazi Dlamini – Gospel Meets Jazz Live In Durban

The Plain Truth – We Are The Shining Ones

We Will Worship – The MoveMEANT Begins

Best Traditional Faith Music:

Kgotso – New Dawn

Nqubeko Mbatha – Forever I'll Worship

Sfiso Ncwane – Kulungile Baba

Solly Mahlangu – Mwamba Mwamba

Soweto Spiritual Singers – Open Heaven

Best Kiddies Album:

Carike Keuzenkamp – Carike & Ghoempie Kuier Saam Met Ghoeghoe In Kinderland 8

Helena Smith – Luidkiz 2 - U Naam Is Ons Kreet

Minki Burger & Alta Joubert – Lollos 3 Boem Boem, Ons Gaan Groen!

Riku Lätti – Janneman In Die Diereryk

Wendy Oldfield – Singalong Kidz Volume 2

Best Rock:

aKING – The Red Blooded Years

Shadowclub – Guns And Money

Taxi Violence – Unplugged: Long Way From Home

The Graeme Watkins Project – Corridors Of The Mind

Van Coke Kartel – Wies Bang

Best Alternative:

Ashtray Electric – Measured In Falls

Dear Reader – Idealistic Animals

Die Heuwels Fantasties – Wilder As Die Wildtuin

The Dirty Skirts – Lost In The Fall

Wrestlerish – Towns

Best Pop:

Brandon October – Brandon October

Charlize Berg – Charlize Berg

Hulle – Hulle

Jozi – Moving The City

Lloyd Cele – One

Best Dance:

G.Family – Deep House Chronicles 6

Ganyani Entertainment Family Presents The Family – 1st Gathering

Goodluck – Goodluck

Mi Casa – Mi Casa Music

Pascal & Pearce – Passport

Best Street Urban:

AKA – Altar Ego

HHP – Motswafrika

Jack Parow – Eksie Ou

L-Tido – All Or Nothing

Zakwe – Zakwe

Best Smooth Urban:

Afro'traction – Soulfully Yours

Kabomo – All Things Grey

Lira – Return To Love (Deluxe Edition)

Mckenzie – Poetic Genesis

Zahara – Loliwe

Best Maskandi:

Imithente – Mbibi

Mfiliseni Magubane – Amandla Ami

Phuzekhemisi – Amapasi

Sakhile Mfuphi – Ngikhanyisele

Thokozani Langa – I-Protection Order

Best Sokkie Dans:

Donovan Vallance – Rock My Wêreld

Gerrie Pretorius – Gister En Vandag

Izak Davel – Vreesloos

MarulaBoom – Dijam

Snotkop – Ek Laaik Van Jol

Best Kwaito:

Big Nuz – Pound For Pound

Brickz – Ruffcast

Character – Marathon

Kabelo Mabalane – Immortal Vol.1

Spikiri – King Don Father 2.5

Best Collaboration:

Character – The Marathon

Kabomo – All Things Grey

Lloyd Cele ft Loyiso Bala – Uthando

Spikiri – King Don Father 2.5

Zahara – Loliwe

Best Live DVD:

Concord – Live in Joburg

Simphiwe Dana – An Evening With Simphiwe Dana (Live In Concert)

Solly Mahlangu – Mwamba Mwamba

Various – Skouspel 2011

Various – Spirit Of Praise Vol.3


Best Video of the Year:

Goldfish – We Come Together

Locnville – Stars Above You

The Graeme Watkins Project – Music Affair

The Parlotones – Its Magic

Toby – My Dad

Best Producer:

Josie Field – 1984

Laurie Levine – Six Winters

Lira – Return To Love (Delux Edition)

Lloyd Cele – One

Nkulee Dube – My Way

Best Engineer:

Jimmy Dludlu – Tonota

Lira – Return To Love (Delux Edition)

Moreira Chonguica And Various – Khanimambo: A Tribute To The Legends Of Mozambique

Mpho-za – Dream To Reality

Zahara – Loliwe

Remix of the Year:

DJ Sbu ft Zahara – Lengoma

Lira ft Tebogo Moloto – Call Me

Merissa Guzzman / Black Coffee Mix – Time To Go

MXO – Zandiy'bone

Zakwe ft Zulu Boy & Danger – Bathi Ng'yachoma