Newcomers steal the limelight as MTN SAMA nominees

THE hotly anticipated Nominations Announcement for the 19th Annual MTN South African

Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19) was made at an expectant and media filled press

conference at The Turbine Hall in Newtown today recently.

Newcomers dominated the announcement with new sensation Toya Delazy’s stunning album

Due Drop Deluxe receiving 6 nominations; Newcomer of the Year, Best Pop Album,

Record of the Year, Best Producer with Jax Panik and twice for Remix of the Year,

one each with Pascal & Pearce and ClassyMenace.

Hot on her heels is another newcomer, ChianoSky with 5 nominations from her debut

album, Hungry, including Record of the Year and Best Producer with Crighton


The chasing pack contains The Muffinz, DJ Vetkuk vs. Mahoota alongside BlackByrd

with 4 nominations each.

In the “Album of the Year” category industry heavyweights Kelly Khumalo, Khuli

Chana, Maleh, Ntokozo Mbambo and The Muffinz go head to head in what is sure to be

one of the highlights of the night.

The “Duo or Group of the Year” category will be a fiercely contested affair as DJ

Vetkoek vs. Mahoota, BlackByrd, Desmond & The Tutus, The Muffinz and Freshlyground

vie for the much-coveted statuette.

“Female Artist of the Year” sees a strong field of nominees, namely ChianoSky, Kelly

Khumalo, Lulu Dikana, Maleh and Ntokozo Mbambo.

“Male Artist of the Year” will be another epic battle on the night as the likes of

Arno Carstens, Elvis Blue, Khuli Chana, Proverb and Reason vie for top honours.

The hotly contested “Newcomer of the Year” category is one to watch out for as Toya

Delazy, The Muffinz, Tailor, Bongeziwe Mabandla and Khaya go head to head in the

battle of the new breed of music icons.

Speaking after the launch about the 10th year celebration as headline sponsors of

the 19th Annual MTN SAMA, Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN SA said:

“MTN SAMAs are the epitome of the South African Music Industry calendar. Ten years

later, through this sponsorship, we remain committed to supporting the development

and growth of our music industry, which continues to flourish both locally and on

the international arena thanks to the hard work done by  the musicians, bands,

producers, managers and technicians. Congratulations to all nominees and we look

forward to seeing you at the main event.”

The nominee announcements, which were streamed live on Facebook and mobile, were

made by a star studded MTN SAMA 19 panel which consisted of previous SAMA Award

winning artists Vusi Mahlasela, Ray Phiri, AKA, Mafikizolo, DJ Sbu and Zonke. MTN

SAMA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi, Chief Marketing Officer MTN SA Serame Taukobong and Acting

General Manager of SABC 1 Sam Mpherwane joined them.

“We have some of the most exciting categories in years and this tells me that the

19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards at the Sun City Superbowl are sure to

leave an indelible mark on the face of South African music and we cannot wait for 10

– 11 May 2013”, said MTN SAMA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi.

The celebrations begin in earnest tonight at the official Nominee Party with

featured live performances from the ever popular MiCasa, Zonke, Lloyd Cele and

Durban based crowd favourites, Big Nuz.  The party will be streamed LIVE to mobile

( and Facebook (


The full list of categories and nominees for the 19th Annual MTN South African Music

Awards are:


• Album of the Year


Kelly Khumalo                         The Past, The Present, The Future

Khuli Chana                             Lost in Time

Maleh                                      Step Child

Ntokozo Mbambo                     Filled

The Muffinz                             Have you Heard?


• Duo or Group of the Year


BlackByrd                              Strong

Desmond & The Tutus            MNUSIC

DJ Vetkuk Vs Mahoota            Dinaledi

Freshlyground                       Take Me to the Dance

The Muffinz                           Have you Heard?


• Female Artist of the Year


ChianoSky                             Hungry

Kelly Khumalo                       The Past, The Present, The Future

Lulu Dikana                           This is the Life

Maleh                                   Step Child

Ntokozo Mbambo                   Filled


• Male Artist of the Year


Arno Carstens                       Atari Gala

Elvis Blue                             Journey

Khuli Chana                          Lost in Time

ProVerb                                Fourthwrite

Reason                                 Audio3D


• Newcomer of the Year


Bongeziwe Mabandla           Umlilo

Khaya                                 For You

Tailor                                 The Dark Horse

The Muffinz                        Have you Heard?

Toya Delazy                        Due Drop Deluxe


• Best Rock Album


Arno Carstens                    Atari Gala

Desmond & The Tutus        MNUSIC

Prime Circle                      Evidence

The Plastics                       Pyramid

Zebra & Giraffe                 The Wisest Ones


• Best Pop Album


ChianoSky                          Hungry

Kurt Darren                        In Jou Oë

Lloyd Cele                          No Limits

Snotkop                             Oppas

Toya Delazy                       Due Drop Deluxe


• Best Adult Contemporary Album


BlackByrd                          Strong

Elvis Blue                          Journey

Freshlyground                   Take Me to the Dance

Lira                                  The Captured Tour Concert Film

Nianell                             My Heart


• Best Kontemporêre Musiek


Bobby Van Jaarsveld             Wat Geld Nie Kan Koop Nie

Jay & Lianie                         Bonnie En Clyde

Juanita du Plessis                 Jy Voltooi My

Romanz                                Hou Vas

Theuns Jordaan                    Roeper


• Best African Adult Album


Bongeziwe Mabandla           Umlilo

Cama Gwini                        Re-Birth

Kelly Khumalo                    The Past, The Present, The Future

Maleh                                 Step Child

Nomfusi                             Take Me Home


• Best Alternative Album


Bittereinder                                          Die Dinkdansmasjien

Fetish                                                   Little Heart

iScream & The Chocolate Stix                The Paradox

Tailor                                                   The Dark Horse

Yoav                                                     Blood Vine


• Best R&B / Soul / Reggae Album


Kabomo                                 Memory Remains

Khaya                                    For You

Lulu Dikana                           This is the Life

The Muffinz                           Have you Heard?

Zaki Ibrahim                          Every Opposite


• Best Rap Album


Khuli Chana                         Lost in Time

Last Days Fam                     Eternal Effect

PRO                                    Continua

ProVerb                               Fourthwrite

Reason                                Audio3D


• Best Kwaito Album


Bhar                                          Morning Bang

Kabelo                                       Immortal Vol. 2

L’Vovo Derrango                         The Headmaster

Professor                                   The Orientation

Teddybears                               Teddybears


• Best Dance Album


Black Coffee                              Africa Rising

DJ Pepsi                                    Royal House Collection Vol. 2

DJ Vetkuk Vs Mahoota                Dinaledi

Oskido                                       I Believe

Pascal & Pearce                         Passport 2.0


• Best Traditional Faith Music Album


Hlengiwe Mhlaba                     Abba Baba

Rebecca                                  Live in Concert

Thulile Mbili                            My Home-Heaven Spirit Of Praise Vol. 4

Winnie Mashaba                       Bophelo Ke Leeto


• Best Contemporary Faith Music Album


Jonathan Butler                                                                    

        Grace and Mercy

Retief Burger, Helmut Meijer, Neil Büchner, Louis Britz                   In



             Love Complete

Ntokozo Mbambo                                                                     


Retief Burger                                                                       

          Luidkeels Dieper


• Best Traditional Album


George Maluleke                                              Magolongwani

Shabalala Rhythm                                            Please Call Me

Soul Brothers                                                   Siphithiphithi

Dr. Thomas Chauke – Na Shinyori Sisters           Shimatsatsa No. 31

Zozo & Sangere Superbeat                               Mabindu Vol 14


• Best Maskandi Album


Ichwane Lebhaca                        Inkunzi Yomthakathi

Imithente                                   Vuka Mathambo

Ntombethongo                           Thokozile

Phuzekhemisi                             Bayede Zulu

Zero Khumalo                             O Sugar Daddy


• Best Jazz Album


Herbie Tsoaeli                       African Time

Kyle Shepherd                       South African History !X

Lindiwe Maxolo                     Time

Steve Dyer                            Ubuntu Music

Tutu Puoane                         Breathe


• Best Classic & Instrumental Album


Maria du Toit & Nina Schumann                      Luminous Shade

CH2                                                               CH 2 Guitar Duo

Live with the UP Symphony Orchestra

Derek Gripper                                                One Night On Earth

Guy Buttery                                                    To Disappear In Place

Nibs van der Spuy & Guy Buttery                     In The Shade of the Wild Fig


• Best Live DVD


Black Coffee                            Africa Rising

Lira                                         The Captured Tour Concert Film

The Parlotones                         Dragonflies and Astronauts

Huisgenoot Skouspel                 Huisgenoot Skouspel 2012

Zahara                                     The Beginning LIVE


• Best Collaboration


Lloyd Cele Feat. Fresh, Euphonik & Slikour                              Louder!

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