And the 2016 SAMA nominees are

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SA’s big night in music is approaching, and this year it’ll be staged in sunny city of Durban. Easily one of my favourite events in the social calendar, the SAMAs give credit to and honour the best of the best in the South African music industry. Wanting to know who all the nominees are? Check out the full list below:

Album of the Year
Francois van Coke                       Francois van Coke
Emtee                                          Avery
Nathi                                              Buyelekhaya
Tresor                                           VII
Black Coffee                                Pieces of Me

Duo or Group of the Year
Desmond & the Tutus                   Enjoy Yourself
Witness the Funk                          Finding Nomusa
Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR              One Night in the Sun
Jazz Orchestra
Junior Taurus &                            Cotton Candy
Lady Zamar
Big Nuz                                        For the Fans

Female Artist of the Year
Judith Sephuma                           One Word
Zahara                                          Country Girl
Fifi Cooper                                    20Fifi
Karen Zoid                                    Drown Out the Noise
Zonke                                           Work of Heart

Male Artist of the Year  
Nathi                                             Buyelekhaya
Black Coffee                                Pieces of Me
Riky Rick                                     Family Values
Emtee                                          Avery
Francois van Coke                        Francois van Coke

Newcomer of the Year
Riky Rick                                      Family Values
Emtee                                            Avery
Tresor                                            VII
Fifi Cooper                                    20Fifi
Nathi                                             Buyelekhaya

Best Rock Album     
Desmond & the Tutus                   Enjoy Yourself
Francois van Coke                        Francois van Coke
Shortstraw                                    Youthless
Karen Zoid                                    Drown Out the Noise
Saarkie                                         Reisiger

Best Pop Album 
Tresor                                           VII
Lakota Silva                                  Pop: The Mix Tape
Loki Rothman                                The Way Back
Can Skylark                                  Overdrive
Vincent Bones                              Shaded Soul

Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans)   
Karlien van Jaarsveld                   My Hartjie
Brendan Peyper                           Stop, Wag, Bly Nog ’n Bietjie
Vaughan Gardiner                        Sit Vanaand op Herhaal
Pierre Rossouw                           In my Bloed
Suzanne                                       Vuurbestand

Best Adult Contemporary Album   
Judith Sephuma                            One Word
Watershed                                    Watch the Rain
Karen Zoid & Various                   Republiek van Zoid Afrika Vol. 2
Kahn                                             Salt
Josie Field & Laurie Levine          Tigerlily

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album 
Elvis Blue                                     Êrens in die Middel van Nêrens
Andriëtte                                        Pêrel vir ’n Kroon
Neil Somers                                 Hierdie Hande
Bok van Blerk                               Sing Afrikaner Sing
Stiaan Reynierse                          Sonde

Best African Adult Album  
Dizu Plaatjies & Friends               Ubuntu – The Common String
Kabomo                                       Sekusile
Thiwe                                           Soul Therapy
L’wei Netshivhale                         Mudzimu washu
Jessica Mbangeni                         Busisiwe – Tribute to the African      Heroines

Best Alternative Album 
Petite Noir                                     La Vie Est Belle/Life is Beautiful
Sannie Fox                                    Serpente Masjien
The Plastics                                  In Threes
Moonchild Sanelly                        Rabulapha!
Die Heuwels Fantasties                Ja. Nee. Lekker (Deluxe)

Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
Nathi                                              Buyelekhaya
Zonke                                            Work of Heart
Olwethu                                         Imbewu
Zahara                                           Country Girl
The Muffinz                                   Do What You Love

Best Rap Album 
Emtee                                            Avery
Kid X                                             3 Quarter Pace
Da L.E.S                                      North God
Riky Rick                                       Family Values
Zakwe                                           Impande

Best Kwaito Album  
Big Nuz                                        For the Fans
Dbn Nyts                                       Believe
Kabelo Mabalane                          Immortal Vol. 3
Dj Bongz                                      Game Changer
Mzansi                                           North Coast Vibe

Best Dance Album 
Black Coffee                                 Pieces of Me
Mi Casa                                        Home Sweet Home
Mobi Dixon                                    Tribal Soul Special Edition
DJ Merlon                                     Original Copy
Junior Taurus & Lady Zamar        Cotton Candy

Best Traditional Faith Music Album
TYGC Family                               The Journey Begins
Worship House                             Project 12 Praise Live
Worship House                            True Worship 2015
Dumi Mkokstad                             Ukhona Uthixo
Women in Praise                         Various Artists

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album 
Ntokozo Mbambo                     Spirit and Life
Mark Counihan                             To the Brave Ones
Mahalia Buchanan                        Redeemed to Worship
24 Skies                                       Endless Anthem
Benjamin Dube                             Sanctified in His Presence

Best Maskandi Album
Imithente                                       Ichakijana
Thokozani Langa                         Khuzeka Mshana
Shwi no Mtekhala                         Bazali Bami
Buselaphi                                     Gabi Gabi
Phuzekhemisi                              Woze Durban

Best Jazz Album
Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR
Jazz Orchestra                             One Night in the Sun
Nduduzo Makhathini                     Listening to the Ground
Benjamin Jephta Quintet             Homecoming
Amandla Freedom Ensemble        Bhekisiwe
Bokani Dyer                                  World Music

Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album
Wouter Kellerman                        Love Language
Guy Buttery                                   Guy Buttery
Deep South                                  Heartland
Cape Consort                                Christoph & Sebastian
KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic        Mintirho ya SJ Khosa
Orchestra

Best Live Audiovisual Recording
Jimmy Dludlu                                Live at Emperors Palace
Krone                                            Krone 2
Ntokozo Mbambo                         Spirit and Life
Neyi & Omega                              Friends in Praise
Benjamin Dube                             Sanctified in His Presence

Best Collaboration
Dbn Nyts ft. Zinhle Ngidi              Shumaya
& Trademark
Shekinah x Kyle Deutsch             Back to the Beach
AKA ft. Redsan, Burna                 All Eyes on Me
Boy & Stoneboy
Major League DJz ft.                    Sylza Tsotsi
Cassper Nyovest,
Okmalumkoolkat, Riky
Rick & Carpo                                       
Khuli Chana ft.                              No Lie
Patoranking                   

Best Music Video of the Year
Jack Parow & Freshly Ground     Army of One
Riky Rick ft. Cassper                    Fuseg
Nyovest & Anatii
Al Bairre & PH Fat                       Caviar Dreams
iFani                                             Ayadelela
Monark                                         Negatives Deluxe

Best Produced Album of the Year
Zahara                                          Country Girl
Mi Casa                                         Home Sweet Home
Sannie Fox                                   Serpente Masjien
Mark Counihan                             To the Brave Ones
Zonke                                           Work of Heart

Best Engineered Album of the Year
Black Coffee                                Pieces of Me
Brendan Peyper                          Stop, Wag, Bly Nog ’n Bietjie
Zonke                                            Work of Heart
Mi Casa                                         Home Sweet Home
Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR           One Night in the Sun
Jazz Orchestra

Best Remix of the Year
DJ Sliqe                                         Do Like I Do Remix
AKA                                                 Baddest Remix
Mobi Dixon                                    My Sugar
Mobi Dixon                                    Never Let Me Go Remix
The Fraternity                               Bheka Mina Ngedwa Amplified

Category winners to be announced at the awards ceremony:

SPECIAL AWARDS
International and Lifetime Achievement Awards

BEST SELLING MOBILE MUSIC DOWNLOAD
·         Best Selling Album
·         Best Selling DVD
·         Best Selling Mobile Music Download
·         Best Selling True-Tone
·         Best Selling Ring-Back Tone
·         Best Selling Full-Track Download

SAMPRA AWARD
·         Highest Airplay of the Year

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Author: Jason Von Berg

Digital content marketer. Mobile App Editor. Entertainment, travel and New York City lover. #Triathlete, #Ironman, health and wellness advocate, @Futurelifeza ambassador

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