Bright young things to vie for glory with evergreen pros at SAMA 20 Nominees announced for milestone 20th edition of annual music awards

A number of new kids on the music block dominate the major categories for the

landmark 20th Annual South African Music Awards – with some familiar favourites also

creeping into the running for SA’s most prestigious music competition.


The nominees for SAMA 20 were announced amid great excitement and anticipation at

Sun International’s Carnival City in Ekurhuleni this morning.


Newcomers Gangs of Ballet are set to rock the SAMAs with five nominations, leading

the pack along with perennial dance darlings Mi Casa.


Another two stellar fresh faces, Naima Kay and Nakhane Touré, have emphatically

announced their presence on the scene with four nods apiece – including three in the

coveted top five categories.


Also bagging four SAMA nominations are Mafikizolo, whose comeback release Reunited

has been crowned with nods for Best Pop Album, Best Collaboration, Duo or Group of

the Year and Album of the Year.


Former SAMA winners The Parlotones have made it clear that they have no intention of

slowing down any time soon by securing nominations across four categories.


Joining Mafikizolo in the Album of the Year category are music acts representing a

diverse mix of genres: DJ Kent, Mi Casa, Naima Kay and Nakhane Touré.


Another fiercely contested category is Duo or Group of the Year, in which electronic

trio GoodLuck and Afropop duo Mafikizolo vie for glory with veteran rockers The

Parlotones and newbies Gangs of Ballet, as well as house favourites Mi Casa.


SAMA 20 will once again see debutantes basking in the well-deserved limelight, with

the Newcomer of the Year category contested among Gangs of Ballet, Nakhane Touré,

Naima Kay, IFani and MuzArt.


Kay also gamely steps up to the plate to compete with her more established

counterparts in the Female Artist of the Year category: Judith Sephuma, Rebecca,

Zahara and Dear Reader.


Similarly, fellow newcomer Touré will be hoping to stand his ground when it comes to

the competition for Male Artist of the Year. He will be slugging it out with

breakthrough singer-songwriters Connell Cruise and Matthew Mole, as well as more

seasoned campaigners Vusi Mahlasela and Kabomo.


David du Plessis, the Chief Operating Officer of the Recording Industry of SA

(RISA), said this year’s event will be special in more ways than one: “Not only are

we celebrating 20 years of South Africa’s premier music awards, we are also

commemorating the country’s 20th anniversary of democracy.”


Du Plessis said that as a symbolic tribute to the first democratic elections, which

were held on 27 and 28 April 1994, the SAMA 20 awards ceremony will take place

exactly 20 years later, on 28 April 2014, at the Sun City Superbowl.


“Just as the country has evolved into a mature democracy over the past two decades,

the SAMAs have also developed into the polished, professional and hotly anticipated

industry event that they are today,” he added.


“This year’s crop of SAMA nominees perfectly encapsulate the rainbow nation in all

its creative diversity and vibrancy. We are extremely proud to be sharing our

20-year milestone with the birth of the new South Africa as a nation.”


As always, all eyes will be on the Record of the Year category, which is determined

by a public vote. The nominees for this award will be announced shortly, after which

fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite song and artist of 2013.

Prepare for a thrilling contest!


The Lifetime Achievement Awards, honouring the veterans and game-changers in the

industry, will also be revealed prior to the awards ceremony.


The countdown to the 20th Annual SAMA Awards at Sun City on 28 April 2014 starts

tonight with a bash of note at the official SAMA Celebration Party in Sandton, where

Mzansi’s finest music makers of 2013 will come out to play – and dance the night



The nominees’ announcement and all the red-carpet glamour and excitement of the

celebration party will be streamed live in real time on the SAMA 20 mobisite. For

those who miss out on all the live action, packaged highlights will also be

available for viewing on the mobisite ( and on the official SAMA 20

YouTube channel (


For more information on SAMA 20, visit Get hold of the

nominated albums now at


The Annual South African Music Awards are organised by the Recording Industry of

South Africa (RISA), a trade association of recording companies operating in South




Nominees for the 20th Annual South African Music Awards:


• Album of the Year

DJ Kent     The Weekent

Mafikizolo    Reunited

Mi Casa     Su Casa

Naima Kay    Umsebenzi

Nakhane Touré    Brave Confusion


• 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

Dear Reader    Rivonia

Judith Sephuma    The Experience Live in Concert

Naima Kay    Umsebenzi

Rebecca     Bayos’Khomba

Zahara     Phendula


• 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

Gangs Of Ballet    Yes/No/Grey

IFani     I Believes in Me (1st Quadrant)

MuzArt     MuzArt

Naima Kay    Umsebenzi

Nakhane Touré    Brave Confusion


• Best Rock Album

Gangs of Ballet   Yes/No/Grey

Shadowclub    Goodbye Wild Child

The Black Cat Bones   Beatipiller

The Parlotones    Stand Like Giants

Van Coke Kartel   Bloed, Sweet & Trane


• Best Pop Album

Danny K     Good Look

GoodLuck    Creatures of the Night

LCNVL     Faster Longer Mixtape

Mafikizolo    Reunited

Matthew Mole    The Home We Built


• Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans)

4Werke     4 Harte

Charlize Berg    Charlize Berg

JAY     Dis Hoe Ons Rol

Karlien van Jaarsveld   Uitklophou

Kurt Darren    Seerower


• Best Adult Contemporary Album

Connell Cruise    Connell Cruise

Farryl Purkiss    Home

Hinds Brothers    Ocean of Milk

Michael Lowman   Crayon Boxes

Shaun Jacobs    Love Can


• Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

Ampie     Niks en Niemand

Andriëtte     Wat Rym met Liefde

Bok van Blerk    Steek Die Vure Aan

Elvis Blue     Afrikaans

Jak de Priester    N1 van My Hart


• Best African Adult Album

Naima Kay    Umsebenzi

Selaelo Selota    The Promise

Vusi Mahlasela    Sing to the People

Zamajobe    Thula Mntwana

Zonke     Give and Take Live


• Best Alternative Album

Chris Letcher    Hyperbalist

Dear Reader    Rivonia

Death by Misadventure  dump dump

Die See     II

Nakhane Touré   Brave Confusion


• Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album

Kabomo    Memory Remains

MuzArt     MuzArt

The Soil    Reflections Live in Joburg

Vusi Nova    Walk into Light

Zahara     Phendula


• 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 Kwaito Album

Alaska     The Revival

Big Nuz    Made in Africa

Character   Self-Control

Mandoza    Sgantsontso

Tzozo     Amabills


• Best Dance Album

DJ Kent    The Weekent

Lulo Café    Soul Africa

Mi Casa      Su Casa

Uhuru     Our Father

Zakes Bantwini    The Fake Book & Real Book: My Music Bible


• Best Traditional Faith Music Album

Andile KaMajola   Chapter 6 ujehova ungibiyele

Deborah    Umqhele

Lusanda Spiritual Group  Uhambo Lwam

Rebecca     Bayos’Khomba

Worship House    Project 10 Live in Limpopo, RSA


• Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

Benjamin Dube                          Renewal in His Presence with Benjamin


Judith Sephuma    The Experience Live in Concert

Nqubeko Mbatha  Sentiments of a Worshiper

Soweto Gospel Choir   Divine Decade

& Friends 

We Will Worship    YHWH


• Best Traditional Album

Hennie de Bruyn en   Kitaar Kwêla

die Kitaarkêrels

Joe Shirimani na Vana   Hawu Ra Mina

va Ndoda

PS. Manyike Na Vatirhi   Taduma e Kerekeni

Va Hosi

Sayicology    Round 2

Dr. Thomas Chauke   Shimatsatsa No 32

Na Shinyori Sisters   


• Best Maskandi Album

Amabunjwa   X6

Buselaphi     Gijima Ntuthwane

Khwelebhasini    Ngiyistress

Phuzekhemisi    Kungakho Nilwa Nodwa

Thokozani Langa   Inyakanyaka


• Best Jazz Album

Marcus Wyatt Quartet  One Life in the Sun

Shane Cooper    Oscillations

Sisa Sopazi    Images & Figures

Tumi Mogorosi    Project Elo

Zim Ngqawana                          Live at the Cape Town International

Jazz Festival


• Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album

Cape Consort    Claudio Monteverdi – Selected Madrigals

Guy Buttery    Live in KwaZulu

Ockie Vermeulen   Obsession

Tygerberg Children’s Choir  Glorious

Zanne Stapelberg &   Soul of Fire

Kathleen Tagg


• 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 Collaboration

DJ Kent Ft The Arrows   Spin My World Around

LCNVL Ft Lakota Silva   Closer

Mafikizolo Ft May D   Happiness

The Parlotones, Khuli   Sleepwalker

Chana & Jon Savage

Uhuru Ft Oskido, Professor &  Y-tjukutja

DJ Bucks   


• Best Music Video of the Year

Goldfish     One Million Views

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