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Plenty of Joburg performers are in the Sama limelight, having bagged nominations in some of the most hotly contested categories.
JOBURG artists dominate the nomination list for the 17th annual South African Music Awards, or Samas, which will be handed out over two nights on 20 and 21 May.


LiquideepLiquideep: Up for best urban dance albumHip-hop trio Teargas has been nominated for best music video of the year for the smash-hit Goodfellaz, featuring HHP and PRO. The trio is up against multi-award winning Freshlyground’s parody Chicken to Change and The Parlotones’ Life Design and The Stars Fall Down.

“It’s been an unbelievable year for South African music, which means that the stakes are now very high and a nomination is an indication of true merit and success,” says Natasha Basson, the acting general manager for brand and communications at MTN South Africa. The telecommunications company sponsors the show.

Also in the running from Johannesburg are Nhlanhla Nciza, Benjamin Dube, Danny K, Nothende, Theo Kgosinkwe, Stoan and Speedy, Howza, Chomee, Slikour, Mandoza, Thebe, Louise Carver, DJ Mahoota, Black Coffee and the Jaziel Brothers, to mention a few.

Nominees for best urban pop album are Chomee for Fly The Flag, Ernie B St Clair for I Am Universal, kwaito maestro Howza for World Premier, eccentric trio Kwela Tebza for Gauteng Made In South Africa/Mzansi and Ntombi Ngcobo for African Sexy.

The names of more than 100 nominees, many of whom cut their musical teeth in Joburg, were announced at a nomination party on Wednesday, 13 April. From these, the finalists will be chosen.


HHPHHP features in Teargas's album, Goodfellaz, nominated for best video of the yearThere are over 50 categories in the Samas; however, the most-watched are for album of the year, duo or group of the year, female artist of the year, male artist of the year, newcomer of the year and the MTN record of the year – and Joburg artists have been nominated in all these categories.

“The range of categories and sheer variety of artists at Sama 17 is reflective of our passion and commitment to profiling all the genres of South African music. What we are especially excited about this year is the number of new artists coming to the fore,” Basson says.

A Sama is the highest music accolade an artist, band or producer can get in South Africa. The awards cross all genres and include production, engineering and video. They are sponsored by the cellphone network provider, MTN, and the beer company, Heineken.

DJ Kent, Liquideep, Tumelo and Zakes Bantwini are other Joburg artists who have been nominated, for best urban dance album. Nominated for best rap album are Amu for The Principal; Kwesta for Special Rekwest; Slikour for his third solo offering, Ventilation Volume 3 (VV3); Tuks Senganga for his comeback album Tshwanelo; and Tumi & The Volume for Pick a Dream.

Best kwaito album nominees are L’vovo Derrango for Irresistible; Mandoza for Real Deal; Professor for his popular solo album, University of Kalawa Jazmee; Sosha for 745 Mission; and Thebe for Mujomba.


The ParlotonesThe Parlotones are also in the running for a Sama awardDJ Kent, Loyiso Bala, Professor, Theo Kgosinkwe and Zakes Bantwini have been nominated for male artist of the year. The female artist of the year nominees are Karen Zoid, Louise Carver, Nianell, Siphokazi and Thandiswa.

Jay has been nominated for newcomer of the year, along with Kwesta, Liquideep, Locnville and Nomsa Mazwai. Liquideep’s popular tune, Alone, has been nominated for record of the year, along with Jozi’s It’s A Party, the Jaziel Brothers’ Woza, and Loyiso’s Wrong For You, to list a few.

Other categories in which Joburg artists have been nominated are best traditional/African adult contemporary African DVD, best urban DVD, best producer, best engineer, best adult contemporary album: English, best pop album: English, best pop album: African, best urban pop album and best urban dance album.

“MTN is committed to recognising and promoting local musicians with both raw and established talent. We further want to ensure the continued development, growth, and sustainability of South Africa’s vibrant home-grown music industry across all genres,” Basson says.

“We are proud of all South African musicians, especially those who have been nominated in the MTN Samas. We wish them all the best for the big event.”

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