SAMA 23 good night for gospel.
The first night of SAMA 23 belonged to Khaya Mthethwa. The former Idols SA winner picked up two trophies for his album The Dawn in the Best Contemporary Faith Music Album and Best Live Audio Visual Recording categories.
It was a good night for gospel as the late singer S’fiso Ncwane won the Best Selling Digital Artist for his album Ngipholise Nkosi; and gospel ensemble Joyous Celebration’s Joyous 20 DVD, earned them the Best Selling DVD gong.
The stage is set for a showdown between two of the most nominated artists as Kwesta and Amanda Black took home one award apiece. Kwesta triumphed in the Best Collaboration Award category with his monster hit Ngud’ while Amanda collected the Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album for her release Amazulu.
They go into the main awards show tomorrow night with four nominations each.
In a SAMA first, Nigerian reggae/dancehall singer Patoranking won the inaugural Best African Artist.
Other notable winners from tonight are Hugh Masekela for Best Adult Contemporary Album for No Borders; the young dynamic duo Soul Kulture for Best African Adult Album for Ngeliny’ilanga; and Nduduzo Makhathini with Umgidi Trio and One Voice Vocal Ensemble for Best Jazz Album for Inner Dimensions.
In the technical awards, Sjava’s Isina Muva won the Best Produced Album of the Year; Arno Carstens’ Aandblom took Best Engineered Album of the Year; while Best Music Video of the Year went to Miss Pru for Ameni
The Best Selling Album of the Year is My Hart Bly In ‘n Taal by Refentse.
See the complete list of winners below.
Best Adult Contemporary
- Hugh Masekela – No Borders
Best African Adult
- Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’ilanga
Best Alternative Music Album
- Native Young – Kings
Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
- Amanda Black – Amazulu
Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
- Khaya Mthethwa – The Dawn
Beste Pop Album
- ADAM – Hoogtevrees
Best Jazz Album
- Nduduzo Makhathini with Umgidi Trio and One Voice Vocal Ensemble – Inner Dimensions
Best Classical and/Instrumental Album
- Charl du Plessis Trio – Baroqueswing Vol. II
Best Traditional Music Album
- Dr Thomas Chauke Na Shinyori Sisters – Shimatsatsa No 34: Xiganga
Best African Artist
- Patoranking – Patoranking
Best Live Audio Visual Recording
- Khaya Mthethwa -The Dawn
- Kwesta – Ngud’
Best Music Video of the Year
- Miss Pru – Ameni
Best Produced Album of the Year
- sjava – Isina Muva
Best Engineered Album of the Year
- Arno Carstens – Aandblom 13
Best Remix of the Year
- Vic – Wena Wedwa (MusicCraftMAN Mix)
Best Selling DVD of the Year
- Joyous Celebration 20
Best Selling Digital Artist
- Sfiso Ncwane – Ngipholise Nkosi
Best Selling Album of the Year
- My Hart Bly In n Taal – Refentse
CAPASSO Best Selling Digital Download Composer’s Award
- Sfiso Ncwane – Ngipholise Nkosi
- Tickets are available at Computicket at R395 for General and R795 for VIP.
- The main SAMA 23 event on tomorrow night will be broadcast live on SABC1 at 8pm.
Notes to editors:
1. The annual South African Music Awards (SAMA) are organized by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) 2. SABC is the official broadcast partner 3. Sun City in the province of Bokone Bophirima is the host of the 23rd edition of the SAMA 4. The SAMA 23 awards show will be streamed live on all SAMA digital platforms and via the official SAMA App (available on iOS and Android) 5. SAMA 23 is brought to you in partnership with the Bokone Bophirima Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs, Department of Arts and Culture, SAMPRA, CAPASSO and SAMRO
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