Universal Music Group Africa dominate SAMA25 nominees with 38 nominations

Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA, May 1, 2019: 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. Universal Music South Africa’s artists and label partners received an overwhelming 38 nominations across a broad array of categories at the ceremony.

Nkosinathi Maphumulo aka Black Coffee; South African multi-award winning record producer and DJ.

“Congratulations to our label partners Soulistic Music for Black Coffee’s 5 nominations and to Ngwane Records for leading the Maskandi category with 4 nominations. Artists leading the way: Black Coffee (5), Nasty C (3), Kelly Khumalo (2) and Encore (2).”

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.”

Nasty C

The theme for this year was revealed as #recognise.

“We recognise that this 25th year anniversary moment is bigger than any single artist, genre, award or song. We recognise that we are here because of all that has gone before: The artists, The genres, The story of our Democracy, The soundtracks of our lives, we recognise the power of the moment where stand right now and we recognise the possibility of where we are going.”

Male Artist of the Year

Black Coffee – Music is King

Female Artist of the Year

Kelly Khumalo – Unleashed

Duo/Group of the Year

Encore – Segarona

Ofeleba – Hi & Low

Album of the Year

Black Coffee – Music is King

Best Pop Album

Majozi – Majozi

Tresor – Nostalgia

Beste Pop Album

Jan Bloukaas – Lewe

Best Maskandi Album

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

Best Afro Pop Album

Kelly Khumalo – Unleashed

Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album

Douvoordag – Die Avontuur

Best Hip Hop Album

Jabba X – #FGTBB

Nasty C – Strings and Bling

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

Khaya Mthethwa – All About Jesus

Best Dance Album

DJ Fistaz  – Mixwell Summer

Black Coffee – Music is King

Best African Adult Contemporary Album

Encore – Segarona

Ntokozo Mbambo & Nqubeko Mbatha – The Anniversary Project

Best R&B/Soul Album

Mlu – A Day For The Universe

Best Kwaito/Gqom/Amapiano

Spikiri –  King Don Father

Best Traditional Album

Candy – Hupenyu Unenge Viri

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Roan Ash – Whiskey to my Soul

Best Engineer

Nasty C – Strings and Bling

Remix of the Year

Prince Kaybee – Club Controller

Zakes Bantwini – Bang Bang Bang 

Zakwe –  Sebentin ft. Refiloe Maele Phoolo, Jabulani Tsambo; Lesego Moiloa; Senzo Mfundo Vilakazi; Ncazelo Mtolo

Collaboration of the year

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

Mafikizolo ft. Jah Prayzah  –  Mazuva Akanaka  

Best Produced Album

Nasty C – String and Bling

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