Boity Thulo
Boity Thulo
Samthing Soweto
Samthing Soweto
Zoe Modiga
Zoe Modiga
Kurt Darren
Kurt Darren
Khanya Mkangisa
Khanya Mkangisa
THE 24th South African Music Awards (Sama) took place last night amid much fanfare and celebration of local music, diversity and talent.

Durban-born songstress Shekhinah, who was the most nominated artist at this year’s awards with six nominations, took home three statuettes at the main televised event held at the Sun City Superbowl.

She bagged the statues for newcomer of the year, female artist of the year and album of the year for her debut album, Rose Gold.

But gospel group Joyous Celebration were the biggest winners of the night. They walked away with four awards - all of which were the result of sales.

Joyous Celebration won the composers, authors and publishers association’s best selling digital download composer’s award, best-selling DVD of the year, best-selling digital artist of the year and the best-selling album of the year for Joyous Celebration Volume 21: Heal Our Land.

Saturday’s event followed Friday’s non-televised awards ceremony.

The main ceremony was hosted by seasoned presenter Somizi Mhlongo (in his third stint as a Samas’ host), along with Metro FM DJ and reality TV star Dineo Ranaka and comedian Mpho Popps.

There were performances from the likes of Ntando, Nadia Nakai, Zoe Modiga, Thabsie and Shane Eagle.

Other winners on Saturday night included Sun-El Musician for his collaboration with Samthing Soweto on the smash single, Akanamali, that was omnipresent in 2017.

Sun-El won the Southern African Music Rights Organisation’s highest airplay composer’s award, best collaboration and the SAMPRA highest airplay song of the year awards.

Another act that bagged three Samas was Mafikizolo.

The seasoned duo’s album 20, in celebration of their two decades in the music industry, won Nhlanhla Nciza and Theo Kgosinkwe the best Afropop album award.

They also took home the duo or group of the year and the best engineered album awards.

Newcomer Busiswa scooped the best kwaito album award for her debut album, Highly Flavoured, while the best jazz album category was won by Nduduzo Makhathini for Ikhambi.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Newcomer of the Year   

Shekhinah for  ‘Rose Gold’

Male Artist of the Year

Prince Kaybee for ‘I am Music’

Female Artist of the Year

Shekhinah for ‘Rose Gold’

Duo or Group of the Year

Mafikizolo for ‘20’

Album of the Year

‘Rose Gold’ by Shekhinah

SAMRO Highest Airplay Composer's Award

Sun-EL Musician ft Samthing Soweto for ‘Akanamali’ composed by Sanele “Sun-El Musician” Sithole

CAPASSO Best Selling Digital Download Composer’s Award

Joyous Celebration for ‘Joyous Celebration Volume 21: Heal Our Land’ composed by Timothy Bambelela Myeni

Best Selling Digital Artist of the Year

Joyous Celebration for ‘Joyous Celebration Volume 21: Heal Our Land’

SAMPRA Highest Airplay Song of the Year

‘Akanamali’ by Sun-EL Musician ft Samthing Soweto   

Best Selling DVD of the Year

‘Joyous Celebration Volume 21: Heal Our Land’ by Joyous Celebration   


Best Selling Album of the Year

‘Joyous Celebration Volume 21: Heal Our Land’ by Joyous Celebration    

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr Mbongeni Ngema              

Adv Steve Kekana              

Letona “Spokes H” Hlatshwayo Spokes             


International Achievement Award

Shashika Mooruth              


Best Rock Album

‘Selfmedikasie’ by Fokofpolisiekar          


Best Pop Album

‘The Beautiful Madness’ by TRESOR          


Beste Pop Album

‘Laat Die Dansvloer Brand’ by Kurt Darren          


Best Adult Contemporary Album

‘Symphonic Soweto’ by Wouter Kellerman and the Soweto Gospel Choir          


Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

‘Skepe’ by Jo Black           


Best African Adult Contemporary Album

‘Ilanga’ by Siseko Pame          


Best Alternative Music Album

‘Mangaliso’ by Bongeziwe Mabandla          


Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album

‘Relationships’ by Afrotraction           


Best Hip Hop Album

‘Yellow’ by Shane Eagle          


Best Kwaito Album

‘Highly Flavoured’ by Busiswa          


Best Dance Album

‘King Zamar’ by Lady Zamar           


Best Traditional Faith Music Album

‘Andile KaMajola Chapter 8 Sekwanele’ by Andile KaMajola          


Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

‘Heaven's Ways’ by Nqubeko Mbatha          


Best African Indigenous Gospel Album

‘Samson Aphi Amandla Akho’ by Vuma Zion           


Best African Artist Album

‘The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience’ by Simphiwe Dana          


Best Traditional Music Album

‘Jessica Mbangeni Sings IGoli Live @ Lyric Theatre Johannesburg’ by Jessica Mbangeni                       

Best Maskandi Album

‘6 to 6’ by Abafana Baka Mgqumeni          


Best Jazz Album

‘Ikhambi’ by Nduduzo Makhathini          


Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album

‘Baroqueswing Vol. III’ by Charl du Plessis Trio          


Best  Afro Pop Album

‘20’ by Mafikizolo          


Best Live Audio Visual Recording / DVD

‘Red Mic Xperience’ by Donald. Visual recording producer: Robin Kohl


Best Collaboration

‘Akanamali’ by Sun-El Musician featuring Samthing Soweto          


Music Video of the Year

‘Arumtumtum’ by Rouge. Directed by Alex Fynn


Best Produced Album

‘Late Night People’ by Goldfish. Produced by Dominic Peters and David Poole


Best Engineered Album

‘20’ by Mafikizolo. Produced by Howard Gomba and Themba Sekowe


Remix of the Year

‘I got you’ by Encore. Remixed by Mobi Dixon