Africa Fest Harmonizes Global Amapiano Surge with SAMA Integration

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The Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) unveiled the triumphs of this year’s South African Music Awards (SAMAs) during a dazzling ceremony at SunBet Arena in Pretoria on Saturday 18 November.

The star-studded line-up DBN Gogo, Pabi Cooper, Uncle Waffles, Kamo Mphela, Makhadzi, Mas-Musiq, Sam Deep, Samthing Soweto, Nkosozana Daughter, DJ Stokie and Lesego M.

Amapiano has become a standout example of why Africa is at the forefront of the world. This international phenomenon of ‘new’ music gender, born in South African townships has taken over the world.

The SAMA29 red carpet kicked off at 16:00 and the broadcast section was beamed live from the Arena on SABC1 at 20:00. The after-party courtesy of Africa Fest commenced at the end of the show.

“I was thrilled with how all the elements came together and how we were able to create a world-class production on stage combined with electrifying performances and dancers,” says Ceehle Suntele, AfricaFest Spokesperson.

Africa Fest is the newest African flagship event to celebrate and showcase the best Amapiano artists South Africa offers on home soil – with a good balance between DJs and performers.

The partnership with SAMA29 also highlighted the importance of Amapiano as a genre, with some of our performers taking home multiple awards

The night belonged to Amapiano maestro Kabza De Small, who clinched an impressive four awards. Notable victories include the coveted Best Duo/Group of The Year alongside DJ Maphorisa, Best Produced Album, Best Amapiano Album, and Best Kwaito Album.

Gospel sensation Ntokozo Mbambo shone brightly, securing three accolades, including Female Artist of The Year, Album of the Year, and Best Contemporary Faith Album. AKA, in a poignant posthumous moment, claimed Male Artist of The Year and Best Collaboration for ‘Lemons (Lemonade)’ featuring Nasty C. His album, ‘Mass Country,’ was also recognized as the Best Engineered Album.

Africori, a powerhouse in the music industry, celebrated a triumphant night, bagging three awards. Their wins included Best Afropop Album for Sjava, Best Hip-Hop Album for MashBeatz, and Best Traditional Music Album for Makhadzi.

The Newcomer of the Year title was bestowed upon Amapiano sensation Myztro for ‘2.0 Nkwari,’ while Makhadzi’s ‘African Queen 2.0’ earned her the Best Traditional Album award. Mörda, a force to be reckoned with, emerged victorious in the categories of Best Dance Album and Remix of the Year for ‘Ndinovalo,’ shared with Yallunder. Lloyiso‘s ‘Seasons’ won him the prestigious Best Pop Album accolade.

K.O’s track ‘Sete,’ featuring Young Stunna and Blxckie, claimed the SAMRO Highest Airplay Composer Award and the CAPASSO Most Streamed Song Award. Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini, and Nomcebo Zikode received the International Achievement Award for their Grammy-winning track ‘Bayethe.’

In a touching tribute, the Lifetime Achievement awards were posthumously presented to Mandoza and Gloria Bosman, alongside Ihhashi Elimhlophe and Pops Mohamed for their outstanding contributions to the music industry.

The first batch of winners in the non-broadcast categories included Nduduzo Makhathini for Best Jazz Album, Khuzani for Best Maskandi Album, and Dumi Mkokstad for Best Traditional Faith Album. Bernice West and Nathi were honored with the Beste Pop Album and Best African Adult Contemporary Album awards, respectively.

Reflecting on the challenges faced, RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi expressed gratitude to the artists, industry professionals, guest presenters, and hosts for their collaborative efforts in making SAMAs29 a memorable celebration of South Africa’s music and entertainment industry. Sibisi congratulated all the winners and wished for their continued success in the dynamic world of music.

“SAMAs29 was filled with challenges, but we celebrated our winners through collaboration. We are grateful for the love South Africa has shown for its music and entertainment industry. Congratulations to all our winners, and may their careers shine as brightly as this unforgettable evening,” Sibisi concluded.

Below winner mentioned here: Below is the full list of winners:

Female Artist of the Year

  • Ntokozo Mbambo – Lavish Worship
  • Kelly Khumalo – From A God To A King
  • Sincerely Anne – To Whom It May Concern
  • Hle – Take Heart
  • Thandi Ntuli – Blk Elijah & The Children of Meroë 

Male Artist of the Year

  • AKA – Mass Country
  • Kabza De Small – KOA II Part 1
  • Sjava – Isibuko
  • K.O – SR3
  • Lloyiso – Seasons

Duo/Group of the Year

  • DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small – Scorpion Kings Live Sun Arena 
  • DJ Maphorisa and Visca – Ba Straata
  • Venom and Shishiliza – Love Is Pain
  • Mafikizolo – Idwala
  • Msaki and Tubatsi – Synthetic Hearts

Album of the Year

  • Lavish Worship – Ntokozo Mbambo
  • Mass Country – AKA
  • SR3 – K.O
  • Isibuko – Sjava
  • KOA II Part 1 – Kabza De Small

Newcomer of the Year

  • Myztro – 2.0 Nkwari
  • Blakka Yut – Unleashed 
  • Sincerely Anne – To Whom It May Concern
  • Lloyiso – Seasons 
  • Venom and Shishiliza – Love Is Pain

Best Amapiano Album

  • KOA II Part 1 – Kabza De Small
  • Amukelani – Kelvin Momo
  • Ba Straata – DJ Maphorisa and Visca
  • 2.0 Nkwari – Myztro
  • Scorpion Kings Live Sun Arena – DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small

Best Collaboration

  • AKA featuring Nasty C – Lemons (Lemonade)
  • K.O, Young Stunna featuring Blxckie – Sete
  • DJ Maphorisa and Visca featuring 2woshortrsa, Stompiiey, ShaunMusiQ, Ftears and Madumane – Ba Straata
  • Morda featuring Oscar Mbo and Murumba Pitch – Mohigan Sun
  • AKA featuring Kiddominant – Company

Best Hip Hop Album

  • This Is Religion – MashBeatz
  • Mass Country – AKA
  • SR3 – K.O
  • Life is Gangsta – Thato Saul
  • Diaspora – Maglera Doe Boy

Best Traditional Album

  • African Queen 2.0 – Makhadzi
  • Ke Bone Molelo O Timile – MmaAusi
  • A Reyeng Bahurutshe – Oarabele France Makgore
  • Obe Happy – Molebatsi Tsotetsi
  • Inkabi Nation – Big Zulu

Beste Pop

  • Jona – Bernice van der Westhuizen
  • Insomnia – Brendan Peyper
  • Loufi Flippen Loufi – Ifan-Luc Carlo Handel
  • Hittegolf – Brandon Eloff
  • Die Onbekende – Renier van der Westhuizen

Best Adult Contemporary Album

  • Dark Secrets – Louise Carver
  • Bait For Steps Forward – Nobuhle Ashanti
  • Memories – Drakensberg Boys Choir
  • Ndikhethiwe – Vusi Nova
  • Love – Viwo Kulati

Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album

  • Toe Roep Ek Jou Naam – Jan Blohm & Ryno Velvet
  • Sing, Hoop, Weerklink – Prop
  • Skree Net Sag – Alter Ego
  • Ep In F – Herman Kleinhans
  • Jagvat – Jan Rhaap

Best African Adult Contemporary Album

  • Usiba Lwe Gazi – Nathi
  • Celebrating African Song – Dumza Maswana,
  • Smile – Choko 
  • I am Gold – S’nazo 
  • Ubuhle Ubuhle – Lethiwe Sithole

Best Alternative Album

  • On the Romance of Being – Desire Marea
  • Glitch Vol 2: The Future Is Now – uBeyond
  • Synthetic Hearts – Msaki and Tubatsi
  • Blue Lawns – The Great Yawn
  • Leaving All The Time – Bye Beneco

Best African Indigenous Faith Album

  • Emmanuel – JTG Gospel Choir
  • Mantswe A Supileng – Spiritual Gospel Choir
  • Ikhoni Mfuyo – In Zion of Christ
  • Ba Ya Mo Nyatsa – Wacha Mkhukhu Wachumlilo
  • Ntate Le Rato La Hao – Ingqayizivele Gospel Choir

Best Classical/Instrumental Album

  • Fire Beast – Vox Chamber Choir and Franco Prinsloo
  • Live in Europe 22 – CH2 
  • One Night On Earth – Derek Gripper
  • Maike – Juliet String Quartet
  • Sanctuary – Carol Thorns

Best Reggae Album

  • Unleashed – Blakka Yut
  • Youth’s Cry – Botanist Mr Lamington
  • Red Carpet Live – Maximum Stylez
  • Flight More Riddim – Blackness Blue Productions
  • Healing – Lavoro Duro

Best R&B Album

  • But Could The Moments in Between – Ndumiso Manana
  • Germander II – Lesego Kyle Mnyandu
  • 4LUV (Deluxe) – Sihle Sithole
  • Bad Weather – Nanette Siphesihle
  • Passion Fruit – Kabomo

Best Dance Album

  • Asante – Morda
  • Next Level – Russell Zuma
  • The Gospel According to Artwork Sounds – Grain
  • WL4OM – Bonga Ntozini
  • A New Dawn – Siyanda Makanya 

Best Rock Album

  • Kanniedood – Francois Badenhorst
  • Fine Thanks, and You? – Russell Coward
  • Hellcats – End of Days – Warwick Rautenbach/Alessandro Benigno
  • Fuzigish – Malcolm King
  • Testify – Basson Laubscher

Best Afropop Album

  • Isibuko – Sjava
  • From A God to A King – Kelly Khumalo
  • Idwala – Mafikizolo
  • Love is Pain – Venom
  • Ekhayakomama – Philadlozi Mfekayi

Best Traditional Faith Album

  • The Overflow – Dumi Mkokstad
  • Hoja Ke Sena Wena – IPCC
  • Ndiyabulela – Tsholofelo Ntuli
  • The Grace Encounter Vol. 1 – Phumulani Radebe
  • Sedi Laka – Brown Mosiapoa

Best Contemporary Faith Album

  • Lavish Worship – Ntokozo Mbambo
  • Mhalamhala – Brenden Praise
  • Take Heart – Hle
  • Restored: The Jesus Collective – The Jesus Collective
  • Hope – Vincent Jiyane

Best Jazz Album

  • In the Spirit of Ntu – Nduduzo Makhathini
  • Isambulu – Linda Sikhakhane
  • Blk Elija & The Children of Meroe – Thandi Ntuli
  • The 1st Gospel – Mthunzi Mvubu
  • Finish the Sun – Shane Cooper and Mabuta

Best Produced Music Video

  • Shine – Elaine (producer: Shayna Gianelli; director: Jesse Ray Diamond)
  • Lemons (Lemonade) – AKA featuring Nasty C (producer: Tebogo Mabaso; director: Nate Thomas)
  • Sete – K.O featuring Young Stunna & Blxckie (producer: K.O, Tsholofelo Moremedi, Ted Magerman; director: Ted Magerman)
  • Be Free – Desire Marea (producer: Will Nicholson; Director: Imraan Christian
  • Been Thinking – Tyla (producer: Jimi Adesanya; director: Meiji Alabi)

Best Produced Album

  • KOA II Part 1 – Kabza De Small (producer: Leslie George Theko, Artwork Sound, Da Muziqal Chef, Mdu aka TRP, Stakev, DJ Maphorisa and Felo Le Tee)
  • Things We Don’t Talk About – Jimmy Nevis (producer: Darren Petersen)
  • Amukelani – Kelvin Momo (producer: Kelvin Momo)
  • Lindokuhle – Lindokuhle (producer: Mthunzi, Howard, Herc, Tshepo Morone, DJ Maphorisa, Masiano)
  • Isibuko – Sjava (producer: Delayde, Ruff, Jah Cool)

Best Engineered Album

  • Mass Country – AKA (engineered & produced by Robin Kohl and Itu)
  • To Whom it May Concern – Sincerely Anne (engineered and produced by Tjaart van der Walt and Daniel Baron)
  • Kanniedood – Francois van Coke (engineered & produced by Taylor Soundworks)
  • Blk Elijah & The Children of Meroë – Thandi Ntuli (engineered & produced by Shane, Tshepo, Thandi & Clinton)
  • Isibuko – Sjava, (engineered & produced by Ruff)

Best Pop Album

  • Seasons – Lloyiso
  • Things We Don’t Talk About – Jimmy Nevis
  • Heard You Got Love – Jeremy Loops
  • Game Over – Tyler Page
  • Petrichor – Amy Lilley

Remix of the Year

  • Ndinovalo – Morda
  • Sete – K.O featuring Young Stunna, Oxlade & Diamond Platnumz
  • Hayii Citizen Deep Remix – Citizen Deep X Mzux Maen ft Yasmin Levy
  • Au Dede – Karyendasoul
  • Tobesta Remake – Myztro featuring Focalistic, Daliwonga, Shaunmusiq and Ftears

Best Maskandi Album

  • Umqhele Nethawula – Khuzani
  • Ngeke Ungiphathe – Menzi
  • Is’khiye Se-Coldroom – Thokozani Langa
  • Iphakade Lami – Abafana Bakamgqumeni
  • Home Alone – Inkos’yamagcokama

Best Kwaito Album

  • Speak n Vrostaan – Kwesta and Kabza De Small
  • R Mashesha – Big Nuz
  • I Am Who I Am – Nkiyase
  • Jukebox – Shisaboy
  • Barabbas – Taylor K

Best Gqom Album

  • Meeting with the King – DJ Lag
  • Fikelephi – Sizwe Mdlalose
  • Love & Light – Cairo CPT
  • Nande 2.0 – DJ Sandiso
  • Ithuba – Newlandz Finest

Rest of Africa Award

  • Sounds of Peace – Moreira Chonguiça
  • Sad Romance – CKay
  • Timeless – Davido
  • Worry – Lyre
  • Dynastie – Ferre Gola

SAMRO Highest Airplay Composer Award

  • ‘Sete’ ft. Young Stunna & Blxckie

CAPASSO Most Streamed Song Award

  • ‘Sete’ ft. Young Stunna & Blxckie

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Mandoza (posthumous)
  • Ihhashi Elimhlophe
  • Gloria Bosman(posthumous)
  • Pops Mohamed

International Achievement

  • Wouter Kellerman
  • Zakes Bantwini
  • Nomcebo Zikode

Record of the Year

  • ‘Stimela’ – 2Point1 ft. Ntate Stunna & Nthabi Sings

Music Video of the Year

  • ‘Stimela’ – 2Point1 ft. Ntate Stunna & Nthabi Sings

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