Sama 2014 nominees announced

Sama Award-winning Mafikizolo (Picture: Supplied)Sama Award-winning Mafikizolo (Picture: Supplied)

The nominees for this year’s MTN SAMAs were announced at a star-studded event at Carnival City this morning

Musicians flocked to Carnival City today to find out if they’d scored a nod for this year’s highly anticipated Samas.

There were few surprises, with many artists who had already snagged several nominations and gongs at the Metro FM Awards came off on top once more.

A panel consisting of Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Elvis Blue, Jabu Hlongwane, Zahara,  J’Something of MiCasa, Lulu Dikana and Khaya Mthethwa hosted the announcements.

Mafikizolo, Mi Casa with four nods and Gangs of Ballet with five lead the nominations.

Mafikizolo’s comeback album Reunited has spawned dance hits Khona and Happiness. The afro-soul duo won big at the Metro FM and Channel O awards recently where they received gongs for  Best Duo, Best African Pop Album and Best Produced Album among others.

Although Mi Casa walked away empty handed at the Metros, it is expected that they will take home at least one award at the upcoming Samas.

Newcomers Gangs of Ballet have started the year off on a good note by bagging five nods. The group have garnered ticks in the best rock album, best duo and best engineer categories among others.

Sjula Dlamini, producer of SABC 1′s Live Amp says front runners MiCasa and Mafikizolo’s nominations were well deserved.

“What surprised me though was MiCasa’s Best Remix nomination. I did not know they had done a spin on the original and it was not heavily played on radio stations. But it was a pleasant surprise to see all their other nominations even though they have released two singles so far.”

Sjula also shared his favourite to win the Best male and Female categories.

“I think Naima Kay should take this category. She has worked hard and to see her come this far, alongside greats like Zahara and Rebecca Malope is amazing. For best male, Kabomo is the top contender in my books,” said Sjula.

 Millions of fans tune in each year to witness one of SA’s most celebrated and glamorous events, which is a feast for the eyes as high-end fashion, celebrity glamour and chart-topping hits come together to make for a noteworthy do.  Taking place in Sun City on 28 April,  the occasion is undoubtedly the SA music scene’s most anticipated, as hundreds of artists seek to be rewarded for their hard work.

Although the awards experienced a setback when they were moved to Montecasino in 2011, with many expressing disappointment about the un-chic venue and chaotic arrangements, all was forgiven when Randall Abrahams was roped in to exercise his Midas touch.

He took the awards back to their home in the North West and recruited a cluster of celebrities, including Sizwe Dhlomo, Minnie Dlamini and Unathi Msengana among others to present and MC the show. The next production was on par with international standards and this calibre of presentation has prevailed.

See the full list of nominations:

BEST POP ALBUM

Danny K – Good Look

GoodLuck – Creatures of the Night

LCNVL – Faster Longer Mixtape

Mafikizolo – Reunited 

Matthew Mole – The Home We Built

4Werke – 4 Harte

Charlize Berg – Charlize Berg

Jay  Dis Hoe Ons Rol

Karlien van Jaarsveld – Uitklophou

Kurt Darren – Seerower

BEST DANCE ALBUM

Uhuru – Our Father

Zakes Bantwini – The Fake Book and Real Book: My Music Bible

DJ Kent – The Weekent

Lulo Cafe – Soul Africa

Mi Casa – Su Casa

BEST RAP ALBUM

AB Crazy – Home Coming 

iFani – I believes In Me (1st Quadrant)

Kwesta – DaKAR

L-Tido – All Of Me

Molemi – A Sia 

BEST R&B/ SOUL/ REGGAE ALBUM

Vusi Nova – Walk Into Light 

Zahara – Phendula

Kabomo – Memory Remains

MuzArt – MuzArt

The Soil – Reflections Live in Joburg

BEST MASKANDI ALBUM

Amabunjwa – X6

Buselaphi – Gijima Ntuthwane

Thokozani Langa – Inyakanyaka

Khwelebhasini – Ngiyistress

Phuzekhemisi – Kungakho Nilwa Nodwa

BEST KWAITO ALBUM

Mandoza – Sgantsontso and Tzozo – Amabills 

Alaska – Revival

Big Nuz – Made In Africa

Character – Self-Control

BEST COLLABORATION

Uhuru ft Oskido

Professor And Dj Bucks – Y-tjukutja

Mafikizolo Ft May D – Happiness

The Parlotones

Khuli Chana & Jon Savage – Sleepwalker

DJ Kent Ft The Arrows – Spin My World Around

LCNVL ft Lakota Silva – Closer

BEST LIVE DVD

Nataniël – Factory

Skouspel 2013 – Skouspel 2013

The Soil – Reflections Live in Joburg

Unathi – An Intimate Night With Unathi

Zonke – Give and Take Live

BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Goldfish – One Million

Mi Casa – Jika

The Muffinz – Umsebenzi Wendoda

The Parlotones

Khuli Chana – Hape

Jon Savage – Sleepwalker

Toya Delazy – Memoriam 

BEST PRODUCER

Shaun Jacobs – Love Can

David Poole and Dominic Peters – Three Second Memory

Dan Roberts – Border Crossing 

Danny K – Good Look

Darryl Torr – Yes/No/Grey

BEST ENGINEER

Matthew Fink – Goodbye Wild Child

Shaun Jacobs – Love Can

Peter Auret – Pimp My Piano

Darryl Torr – Yes/No/Grey 

Matthew Fink – The Home We Built

REMIX OF THE YEAR

Euphonik – Hallelujah Anyway 

Khuli Chana – Hape

Mi Casa – Jika

Oskido – Tsa Ma Ndebele

Uhuru – Thath’isghubu 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Naima Kay – Umsebenzi

Nakhane Touré – Brave Confusion

DJ Kent – The Weekent

Mafikizolo – Reunited

Mi Casa – Su Casa

DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Gangs of Ballet – Yes/No/Grey

GoodLuck – Creatures of the Night

Mafikizolo – Reunited

Mi Casa – Su Casa

The Parlotones – Stand Like Giants

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Naima Kay – Umsebenzi 

Rebecca Malope – Bayos’Khomba

Zahara – Phendula

Dear Reader – Rivonia

Judith Sephuma – The Experience Live in Concert

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Connell Cruise – Connell Cruise 

Kabomo – Memory Remains

Matthew Mole – The Home We Built

Nakhane Touré – Brave Confusion

Vusi Mahlasela – Sing To The People

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

MuzArt – MuzArt

Naima Kay – Umsebenzi

Nakhane Touré – Brave Confusion

Gangs of Ballet – Yes/No/Grey

iFani – I Believes In Me (1st Quadrant)

BEST TRADITIONAL MUSIC ALBUM

Dr. Thomas Chauke Na Shinyori Sisters – Shimatsatsa No 32

Joe Shirimani na Vana va Ndoda – Hawu Ra Mina

PS. Manyike Na Vatirhi Va Hosi – Taduma e Kerekeni

Sayicology – Round 2

Hennie de Bruyn en die Kitaarkêrels – Kitaar Kwela

BEST CLASSICAL AND INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

Zanne Stapelberg & Kathleen Tagg – Soul of Fire

Guy Battery – Live in KwaZulu

Ockie Vermeulen – Obsession 

Tygerberg Children’s Choir – Glorious

Cape Consort – Claudio Monteverdi – Selected Madrigals

BEST JAZZ ALBUM

Marcus Wyatt Quartet – One Life In The Sun

Khwelebhasini – Ngiyistress

Phuzekhemisi – Kungakho Nilwa Nodwa

Thokozani Langa – Inyakanyaka 

Sisa Sopazi – Images & Figures

Tumi Mogorosi – Project Elo & Zim Ngqawana – Live At The Cape Town Jazz Festival

BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

Connell Cruise – Connell Cruise 

Farryl Purkiss – Home

Hinds Brothers – Ocean of Milk

Michael Lowman – Crayon Boxes

Ampie – Niks En Niemand

Andriette Norman – Wat Rym Met Liefde

BEST AFRICAN ADULT ALBUM

Vusi Mahlasela – Sing To The People

Zama Jobe – Thula Mntwana

Zonke – Give and Take Live
Naima Kay – Umsebenzi
Selaelo Selota – The Promise
BEST CONTEMPORARY FAITH MUSIC ALBUM

Benjamin Dube – Renewal In His Presence with Benjamin Dube 

Judith Sephuma – The Experience Live in Concert

Nqubeko Mbatha – Sentiments Of A Worshiper

Soweto Gospel Choir – Divine Decade and We Will Worship – YHWH

BEST TRADITIONAL FAITH MUSIC ALBUM

Worship House – Project 10 Live in Limpopo

Lusanda Spiritual Group – Uhambo Lwam

Rebecca – Bayos’Khomba

Andile KaMajola – Chapter 6 ujehova ungibiyele

Deborah – Umqhele

BEST ROCK ALBUM

Gangs of Ballet – Yes/No/Grey

Shadowclub – Goodbye Wild Child 

Black Cat Bones – Beatipiller,
Parlotones – Stand Like Giants
Van Coke Kartel – Bloed. Sweet & Trane
BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

Die See – II

Nakhane Toure – Brave Confusion

Chris Letcher – Hyperbalist

Dear Reader – Rivonia

Death By Misadventure – dump dump