All the #SAMA23 nominees

Wanting to know who cracked it big in the nominations department for this year’s South African Music Awards? Check out the full list below. The awards will take place in Sun City on the 27th May 2017 will be broadcast live on SABC1. It’s one of my favourite weekends in the social calendar and I absolutely love the collaborations that producers of the show put on. Who will they team up this year? Who would you like to see?

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Social media handles

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Facebook: South African Music Awards

Hashtag: #SAMA23


Best Newcomer of the Year

Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’ilanga
Babes Wodumo  – Gqom Queen Vol. 1
Sketchy Bongo- Unmasked
Nasty C – Bad Hair Extentions
Amanda Black – Amazulu

Best Duo/Group of the Year

The Soil – The Soil
Jaziel Brothers – Jaziel Brothers
Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’ilanga
The Parlotones – Trinkets  Relics & Heirlooms
Black Motion – Ya Badimo

Best Female Artist of the Year

Lebo Sekgobela – Restored
Babes Wodumo  – Gqom Queen Vol. 1
Kelly Khumalo – My Truth
Amanda Black – Amazulu
Thandiswa – Belede

Best Male Artist of the Year

Dr Tumi – Heart of a king
Kwesta – Dakar II
Musa  – Musa
Nasty C – Bad Hair Extentions

Best Album of the Year

Kwesta – Dakar II
Black Motion – Ya Badimo
Amanda Black – Amazulu
Nasty C – Bad Hair Extentions
Thandiswa – Belede

Best Rock Album

The Sweet Resistance – Where There Is Hope
Lost & Found – Lost & Found
Richard Stirton – Middle Ground
The Parlotones – Trinkets, Relics & Heirlooms
Albert Frost – The Wake Up

Best Pop Album

Matthew Mole – Run
GoodLuck – The Nature Within
Sketchy Bongo – Unmasked
TiMO ODV – Origins (Digital Edition)

Beste Pop Album

4Werke – 4 Warm
ADAM – Hoogtevrees
Dewald Wasserfall – Jy Is Die Storm
Kurt Darren – Sal Jy Met My Dans
Snotkop – HKGK

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Elvis Blue – Optics
Hugh Masekela – No Borders
Majozi – Fire
Msaki – Zaneliza: How The Water Moves

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

Adam Tas – Patatas en Pyptabak
Coenie de Villiers – Emoji
Joshua na die Reën – Die Wêreld Binne My
Refentse – My hart bly in ‘n taal
Ricus Nel – Ouskool Boerseun

Best African Adult Album

Dumza Maswana – Molo
Kelly Khumalo – My Truth
Nozipho – Thando
Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’ilanga

Best Alternative Music Album

Arno Carstens – Die Aandblom 13
Chris Chameleon – Firmament
Native Young – Kings
Somerfaan – Alien Boogie Stuff
Tailor – Trust Part 1

Best R&B Soul Reggae Album

Afrotraction – Love and respect
Amanda Black – Amazulu
Brenda Mtambo – So Much More
Karabo – Matters of the heart
Tima Reece – 9

Best Rap Album

A Reece – Paradise
Khuli Chana – One Source
Kwesta – Dakar II
Nasty C – Bad Hair Extentions
Stogie T – Stogie T

Best Kwaito Album

Babes Wodumo – Gqom Queen Vol. 1
Bullistic – N.W.O (New World Order)
Dr Malinga – Goodwill
Taylor K – Paper Chase
Trademark & Zinhle Ngidi – Trademark & Zinhle Ngidi

Best Dance Album

DJ Clock – The 5th tick
Black Motion – Ya Badimo
Durbans’ Finest – Durbans’ Finest – Reloaded
Mobi Dixon – Live The Music
NaakMusiQ – Born to Entertain

Best Traditional Faith Music Album

Deborah Fraser – Uhambo
Sfiso Ncwane – Wethembekile Baba
Spirit Of Praise – Spirit Of Praise Vol.6
Zaza – Blowing the horn of chronicle

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

Dr Tumi – Heart of a king
Dr Tumi – Love and grace
Khaya Mthethwa – The Dawn
Lebo Sekgobela – Restored
We Will Worship – Mmuso

Best Traditional Music Album

Candy – Easy Come Easy Go
Dr Thomas Chauke Na Shinyori Sisters – Shimatsatsa No 34: Xiganga
Mmaausi – Monna Oa Sokelwa
Qadasi & Maqhinga – Lashis’ Ilanga
Shabalala Rhythm – Yebo Ngiyavuma

Best Maskandi Album

Imfez’emnyama – Monalisa
imithente – s”yawuvala umlomo
Khuzani – Inyoni yomthakathi
Shwi noMtekhala – Kwabhalwa etsheni
Thokozani Langa – Amabrazo

Best Jazz Album

Darren English – Imagine Nation
dave reynolds & pops mohamed – live in grahamstown
Nduduzo Makhathini with Umgidi Trio and One Voice Vocal Ensemble – Inner Dimensions
Sydney Mavundla – Luhambo
Thandiswa – Belede

Classical Instrumental Album

Charl du Plessis Trio – Baroqueswing Vol. II
Imilonji KaNtu Choral Society – And Then I Heard A Voice by SJ Khosa
The Voice of Angels – The Voice of Angels Volume 2
University of Pretoria – Love and War

Best Afro Pop Album

Jaziel Brothers – Jaziel Brothers
Musa – Musa
Robbie Malinga – Robbie Malinga
The Soil – The Soil

African Indigenous Gospel Album

Amadodana Ase Wesile – Amadodana Ase Wesile
Jerusalema E Ncha – Jerusalema E Ncha
Lejwe la Motheo – Lejwe la Motheo
Living In Christ Legends – Living In Christ Legends

Best African Artist

Jah Prayzah – Jah Prayzah
Oliver Mtukudzi – Oliver Mtukudzi
Patoranking – Patoranking
Vee Mampeezy – Vee Mampeezy
Vuyo Katsha – Vuyo Katsha

Live Audio Visual Recording Album

Joyous Celebration – Joyous Celebration 20 – Part 2 – The Alumni
Joyous Celebration – Joyous Celebration 20 Live at The Moses Mabhida Stadium
Khaya Mthethwa – The Dawn
Krone & Various Artists – Krone 3 DVD
Spirit Of Praise – Spirit Of Praise Vol.6

Best Collaboration Album

Black Coffee – Your eyes
Kwesta ft DJ Bucks, Okmalumkoolkat & DJ Maphorisa – Mayibabo ft DJ Bucks, Okmalumkoolkat & DJ Maphorisa
Kwesta – Ngud’
Miss Pru – Ameni
Musa – Mthande

Best Music Video of the Year

Khuli Chana – One Source
Miss Pru – Ameni
Nasty C – Don’t do it
Nasty C – Good Girls
Reason ft AKA & Khuli Chana – Yipikayay

Best Produced Album

Afrotraction – Love and respect
Brenda Mtambo – So Much More
Matthew Mole – Run
Rubber Duc – The Secret Sun
sjava – Isina Muva

Best Engineered Album

The Soil – Echoes of Kofifi
Arno Carstens – Aandblom 13
Jesse Clegg – Things Unseen
LeAnne Dlamini – Warrior

Remix of the Year

Distruction Boys – Wololo (Dbanj Remix)
DJ Mizz – Close to you (Mizz Afro Remix)
Evida – The Woods (Evida Remix)
Kyle Deutsch – Can’t Get enough (Official Remix)
Vic – Wena Wedwa (MusicCraftMAN Mix)

E! Beyond the Red Carpet: SAMAs: Q&A with Minnie Dlamini


Minnie Dlamini is one of the biggest celebs in South Africa, and E! Africa has noticed that. So much so they enlisted her and Expresso’s Katlego Maboe to host the E! Beyond the Red Carpet: SAMAs special. Check out my Q&A with Minnie Dlamini below and be sure to watch the special tonight on channel 124 on DStv.

E! Entertainment is the powerhouse of entertainment… You’re a powerhouse yourself. How does being part of this channel in SA feel for you?

It’s awesome being able to expose what I do to the rest of Africa. I look at this as an opportunity to expand not only my personal brand but being a part of the movement that highlights, celebrates and promotes the African Entertainment industry.

– Through a platform like this, what are you hoping viewers will take from such programming?

I’m hoping the viewer will see how far we’ve come as an industry but also realize that there’s more to be done in terms of development.

– Would we ever see a Minnie Dlamini reality show on E! Africa?

I’m not sure, it’s never really been my thing. I honestly don’t think my life is that interesting 😂 I’d probably go nuts. I love my privacy.

– Three red carpet tips you have for your fellow celebs, friends, followers and fans?

Start with the dress, the rest falls into place. Plan every detail hair, makeup, shoes and accessories. Lastly it’s not easy walking the carpet to be scrutinized (and people can be mean) so make sure YOU are happy with what you look like. Then the rest doesn’t matter.

– Working with the likes of Katlego Maboe on a project like this was….

Katlego and I always find each other 😂 we work together quite often and it’s always such a great reunion. I love his genuine drive and passion it’s very rare to work with someone who is not self-consumed and OUR main goal is to make a great production where we both shine in our own ways.

– What else doing Miss Minnie have on the go?

A few new hats, but all will be revealed in due course.

E! Beyond the Red Carpet: SAMAs premiering on June 7 at 8pm CAT

SAMA winner, Tresor to open for SEAL on his SA tour


Fresh off his SAMA wins at the weekend, singer/ songwriter Tresor is set to open for soul singer Seal, as part of his SA tour. The tour kicks off this weekend in Johannesburg, at the Ticketpro Dome. Seal, Tresor and their respective teams will move on to Durban on the 14th and then in Cape Town on the 16th.

It has been an incredible journey for Tresor. He left the DRC after losing his parents at the age of 17. He worked as a car guard from some time, before getting his big break into the music industry. He has since gone on to release his debut album VII, which has garnered attention both locally and abroad. If you listen to the radio, you’ll know his hit singles, ‘Mount Everest’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’



Tour Information:


Sunday 12th June 2016

The Ticketpro Dome

Ticket Price: R470 – R1495

Tickets go on sale now from and Computicket


Tuesday 14th June 2016ICC Durban Arena

ICC Durban Arena

Ticket Price: R340 – R1020

Tickets go on sale now from and Computicket

Cape Town

Thursday 16th June 2016

Grand Arena, GrandWest

Ticket Price: R520 – R1250

Tickets go on sale now from and Computicket


Some #SAMA22 highlights – weird, wonderful and everything in between

Did you miss the South African Music Awards last night? You really did miss out. There were highs and lows, and lots of WTF moments, but for the most part, they were great. I streamed the whole show live on my Mac, and let me tell you, it was flawless. One or two slight interuptions were to be expected, but other than that, it was as good as watching on TV. So what else went down? Well besides Nathi and Emtee cleaning up at the awards, here’s what else you missed:

Arthur Mofokate and his fellow presenters (Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry and a rep from Ukhozi FM). Each of the three clearly wanted their time in the spotlight. Arthur felt the need to make some, quite frankly, really silly statements about his bosses and who he worked for. He clearly knows where his bread is buttered, but after making these statement twice, he backtracked and decided to but a disclaimer out there, just in case anyone misinterpreted him. There’s controversial and then there are time when you should just not say anything. Arthur falls into the latter.

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Black Coffee won multiple awards, and while he is busy performing on the world stage, his mum came up to accept on his behalf. At one point in the night, someone else joined mom Coffee on stage, claiming to be “Black Tea”. A lot of us were like, huh? What? Did he just, what? Hmmmm.

The “Mahatma Gandhi of broadcasting”, the “Oliver Tambo of entertainment” as Tbo Touch refers to him as, Hlaudi Motsoeneng takes the most random award of the night. He likes to talk and he clearly likes to deviate from his intended speech too. He veered off in a direction that left most viewers and social media fans scratching their heads. He kept referring and appealing to the Indian community to make more music. Some thought it was because of the big Indian community in Durban, while others just had no clue. I believe it was on the back of his decision to introduce the 90% local music quota on all SABC radio stations. A station like Lotus FM targets an Indian base, but there aren’t as many Indian singer/ songwriters in SA who are producing music, and as a result they’re struggling to meet the quota that aligns with their target market. I think that’s what he was getting at, but I could be wrong. Maybe I too missed the boat, but he should clarify what he meant.

The guys from Desmond and the Tutus had a lot of people asking the question if they were enibriated because of their acceptance speech. I think they’re just quirky and that coupled with nerves and shock of winning, their moment on stage may have come across pretty differently to what a ‘normal’ speech at an awards ceremony is like.

Somizi and Thando Thabethe did a fantastic job. When they switched to vernac, I got a little lost, but I could pick up the gist of what they were saying. Somizi is a laugh a minute and Thando is everything. She’s smart, talented. She looked beautiful and I honestly think her future in this business is bright. Watch out for her! I think the duo worked really well too. We needed a good presenting duo, it has been lacking for some time now. So to the SAMA organisers, you did good there 🙂 I think the green room mechanics need to be revisited though. Khanyi is great on camera, as is Phat Joe, but I didn’t feel the two of them together. The green room seemed empty a lot of the time too. So it served no purpose in my opinion.

Nathi SAMA22The production itself was fantastic. The stage, the effects, the camera work… It all just worked so well. Performances by Nathi and Karlien van Jaarsveld were great, but a few of the other collaborations left a lot to be desired. Some of the nominees (winners) need to work on their vocals when it comes to live performances. Maybe they didn’t rehearse enough? Who performed the best for you?

The one thing I felt that was missing was a bit of ‘gees’. The Grammys are known as music’s big night in the US. The SAMAs should be be the same for us. I don’t feel like there was nearly enough of that though. Something was missing and I’m still trying to figure out what it is, but if you agree with me, maybe you’ll know what that missing ingredient was?

Next year I really hope I can return to reporting from the actual venue. Hopefully budgets will extend to a broader base of media being offered accommodation and transport, as opposed to a very long bus trip there and back.

#SAMA22 – full list of winners

Winners of the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards:

  • Album of the Year (served hot by Nescafe)

Black Coffee                             Pieces of Me

  • Duo or Group of the Year

Big Nuz                                        For the Fans

  • Female Artist of the Year (Brought to you by Metro FM)

Zonke                                          Work of Heart

  • Male Artist of the Year (Brought to you by Umhlobo Wenene FM)

Nathi                                            Buyelekhaya

  • Newcomer of the Year (Supported by Apple Music)

Nathi                                            Buyelekhaya

  • Best Rock Album          

Desmond & the Tutus                Enjoy Yourself

  • Best Pop Album   (Brought to you by 5FM)

Tresor                                           VII

#SAMA22 red carpet fashion pics

  • Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans) 

Karlien van Jaarsveld               My Hartjie

  • Best Adult Contemporary Album     

Judith Sephuma                                     One Word

  • Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

Elvis Blue                                     Êrens in die Middel van Nêrens

  • Best African Adult Album       

Dizu Plaatjies & Friends              Ubuntu – The Common String

  • Best Alternative Album           

Petite Noir                                   La Vie Est Belle/Life is Beautiful

  • Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album          

Nathi                                             Buyelekhaya

  • Best Rap Album

Emtee                                          Avery

  • Best Kwaito Album        (Brought to you by Ukhozi FM)

Big Nuz                                        For the Fans

  • Best Dance Album       

Black Coffee                              Pieces of Me

  • Best Traditional Faith Music Album  

TYGC Family                               The Journey Begins

  • Best Contemporary Faith Music Album      

Ntokozo Mbambo                     Spirit and Life

  • Best Maskandi Album (Brought to you by Ukhozi FM and KUMISA)

Imithente                                     Ichakijana

  • Best Jazz Album          (Brought to you by Metro FM)

Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR          One Night in the Sun
Jazz Orchestra

  • Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album

Wouter Kellerman                     Love Language

  • Best Live Audiovisual Recording

Jimmy Dludlu                              Live at Emperors Palace

  • Best Collaboration

Dbn Nyts ft. Zinhle Ngidi                       Shumaya
& Trademark

  • Best Music Video of the Year

Jack Parow & Freshly Ground Army of One

  • Best Produced Album of the Year

Zahara                                        Country Girl

  • Best Engineered Album of the Year

Black Coffee                             Pieces of Me

  • Best Remix of the Year

DJ Sliqe                                        Do Like I Do Remix


  • International Achievement Award – Black Coffee
  •  Lifetime Achievement Awards (Brought to you by Telkom)– Nana Coyote (posthumous award), Bhekumuzi Luthuli (posthumous award), Roger Lucey


  • Best Selling Album – Nathi (Buyelekhaya)
  • Best Selling DVD – Joyous Celebration (Volume 19: Back to the Cross)
  • Best Selling Overall Music Download – Sfiso Ncwane (Bayede Baba)
  • Best Selling Music Download (Ring-back Tone) – Sfiso Ncwane (Bayede Baba)
  • Best Selling Full-track Music Download – Nathi (Nomvula)


  • Highest Radio Airplay of the Year – DBN Nyts (Shumaya)


  • Highest Radio Airplay Composers’ Award – Samkele Maphumulo, Kabelo Masekane, Cebo Ngcobo, Wanda Shabalala and Lwazi Yokwana for Shumaya by Dbn Nyts


  • Best Selling Digital Download Composers’ Award – Sfiso Ncwane (Bayede Baba)


  • Roll Up by Emtee

#SAMA22 – Sizzling stars on the red carpet

These were my favourite looks on the #SAMA22 red carpet

Missed the show? Watch it here. A full list of this year’s winners will be updated shortly.

All the 2015 SAMA XXI winners

Beatenberg win big at #SAMAXXIHere is the full list of this years’s South African Music Awards winners (#SAMAXXI):
• Album of the Year
Beatenberg The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg

• Duo or Group of the Year
Beatenberg The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg

• Female Artist of the Year
Bucie Princess of House (Easy to Love)

• Male Artist of the Year
AKA Levels

• Newcomer of the Year
Cassper Nyovest Tsholofelo

• Best Rock Album
aKing Morning After

• Best Pop Album
Beatenberg The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg

• Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans)
Riana Nel Die Regte Tyd

• Best Rap Album
K.O. Skhanda Republic

• Best Kwaito Album
Professor University of Kalawa Jazmee Since 1994

• Best Dance Album
Black Motion Fortune Teller

• Best Traditional Faith Music Album
S’fiso Ncwane Bayede Baba
Caracara – K.O. ft. Kid X

• Lifetime Achievement Awards
Zim Ngqawana
Mdu Masilela
Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng

• International Achievement Award
Wouter Kellerman

• Best Adult Contemporary Album
Niemand Back Again

• Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album
Dewald Wasserfall #EkEnJy

• Best African Adult Album
Maleh You Make My Heart Go

• Best Alternative Album
Bittereinder Skerm

• Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
Afrotraction For the Lovers

• Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Loyiso Bala Power Love Sound

• Best Traditional Music Album
Botlhale Boikanyo Spoken Word & Music

• Best Maskandi Album
Thokozani Langa Igema Lami

• Best Jazz Album
McCoy Mrubata Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2

• Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album
Wouter Kellerman Winds of Samsara

• Best Live DVD
Lira First Decade (producer: Robin Kohl)

• Best Collaboration
K.O. ft. Kid X Caracara

• Remix of the Year
DJ Sbu, Robbie Malinga Indlela Yam by DJ Sbu
& Mojalefa Thebe

• Best Music Video of the Year
Ryan Kruger (director) Let the Night In by Prime Circle

• Best Producer of the Year
Wouter Kellerman & Winds of Samsara by Wouter Kellerman
Ricky Kej

• Best Engineer of the Year
Brian O’Shea, Crighton Johnny Apple by Johnny Apple
Goodwill & Marius Brouwer
• Best Selling Album
Die Regte Tyd – Riana Nel

• Best Selling DVD
Vol. 18 One Purpose – Joyous Celebration

• Best Selling Ring-Back Tone
Pluto (Remember You) – DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg

• Best Selling Full-Track Download
Pluto (Remember You) – DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg

• Highest Airplay of the Year (2014)
Pluto (Remember You) – DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg

Here’s why HHP will be good for #SAMAXXI


BREAKING NEWS, South African rapper HHP has been announced as the host of this year’s South African Music Awards. Jabba will step onto the stage come the 19th of April as agent XXI.

For the last two years show organisers decided run the show without a host and while that worked, I believe a host really pieces all the presenters, performers and in general the show together just perfectly.

What’s in the SAMAXXI Goodie bags?

Here are a couple of reasons why HHP wins as a host:

  • He’s a musician and this is SA music’s biggest night. So he’ll bring that much needed musical element to the show.
  • He’s a charmer. Remember when he won Strictly Come Dancing a few years ago? SA loved him
  • He appeals to a wide audience…. Black, white, coloured, Indian. That’s important for a show like this, where there are genres for days and an accompanying viewing audience too
  • He’s smart and witty, which is what a host needs. LL Cool J really is a talking head at the Grammys. Sure he has personality, but HHP really has a lot more personality. I’m sure he’ll be involved in the script writing process, and that will put him in a good position come the 19th. Maybe the newly announced host of The Daily Show and former SAMA host, Trevor Noah can give him some tips too 😉
  • He’s a hard worker and so you know he’ll be grafting his ass off up to and including the actual show.
  • He’s Jabba… He made ‘Tshwana fashinoaboli’, he was ‘Born For This‘ and now he’s making SAMA City hot too.

Very chuffed and pleased with this decision. Good jon SAMA peops 🙂

Social media links for SAMA XXI:
Twitter: @TheSamas
Instagram: @TheSamas_
Hashtag: #SAMAXXI


What’s in the R2-million SAMA XXI goodie bags?


Each and every year the Sun City Superbowl comes to life, as the who’s who from the South Africa music industry descend on the entertainment complex for the annual South African Music Awards. This year the SAMA team are celebrating twenty one years and it will no doubt be an incredible evening. The awards go down on the 19th of April and those lucky enough to be presenting, performing or hosting will be given yet another incredible goodie bag and this year’s goodie bags are valued at a whopping R2-million bucks combined. Shame ne? And these celebs hardly need any of this stuff 😉 Check this out


  • Complimentary Twisp e-cigarette, complete with accessories. You know it’s trendy to Twisp and not actually smoke anymore, so this is clever. The Super Bowl might be all Twisped out though… the haze of Twisp 🙂
  • Ray-Ban is back again and handing out some their most stylish sunnies
  • They’re getting a classy Converse watch too and trust me, if my movie screening prizes were anything to go by, these watches will be rocking
  • Miglio Designer Jewellery is supplying a set of exquisite Swarovski crystal earrings for the women and a bracelet for the men, with John Craig chipping in a handsome wallet.
  • Toe Porn will be handing out some funky socks, hoodies from Le Coq Sportif will be in the bags, which is perfectly timed for Fall and Winter. There are T-shirts from Cipo & Baxx, with Pamela Mann tucking some fashionable leggings in to the bags for good measure
  • Rocka is throwing in some earphones as well as terrific caps. I love my headphones… Mi Casa and Danny K’s are my favourites
  • Products from Mizani, Mia Rose perfume and Body Essence tissue oil courtesy of Avroy Shlain, Candi & Co hair styling vouchers and Moroccan Oil gift sets, and Iman make-up products.

The annual XXI Annual South African Music Awards will be broadcast live on SABC 1 on Sunday, 19 April 2015 from 20h00. If you, like me, wont be at Sun City this year, you can watch all the action on the mobi site

Jimmy Nevis – 7764 music video

One of SA’s brightest young stars has to be Jimmy Nevis. Love this guy’s style, his music and his new song is an absolute cracker. It’s called 7764 and the video is out. Check it out below:

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