With just over eight days to go, SAMA fever is setting in nicely. It’s going to be an epic weekend and I cannot wait for all the action, excitement, the glitz and the glamour. The SAMA peops have put together an A-Z list of things both you and I need to know ahead of this year’s event. Check this out:

A is for …Amstel VIP Afterparty – The exclusive post awards after party where guests get to rub shoulders with  all the winners and the who’s who of the music biz

BlackByrd, Desmond & The Tutus, DJ Vetkuk vs Mahoota, Freshlyground & The Muffinz – Contesting the tough Duo or Group of the Year category

ChianoSky – Second highest amount of nominations for this new young pop sensation taking the music industry by storm, with 5 nominations including Female Artist of the Year

Due Drop Deluxe – Highest nominated album debut album from Toya Delazy with 6 nominations

Elvis Blue, Arno Carstens, Khuli Chana, ProVerb & Reason – Strong field of very talented musicians nominated for the Male Artist of the Year award

Flickr – houses official MTN SAMA’s image content – you’ll be able to get all the Y’ello carpet, live show and behind the scenes photos

Goodie Bag – The magical yellow case that everyone wants to get their hands on. Each goodie bag is worth R18, 000 and contains items from Guess, Ray Ban, Koi, Soho Nail Bar, Honey Jewellery, just to name a few…collectively worth over R2,5 million

HHP, Black Motion, B.O.P, Donald, Kabomo, DJ Vetkuk vs. Mahoota, Lloyd Cele, Khaya, Elvis Blue, Liquideep, Mi Casa, Riot, Oskido, Sfiso Ncwane & Teargas – 15 strong field of male artists vying for the Record of the Year award…it doesn’t get tighter than this

Instagram – Handle: @MTNSAMA – get the latest and pictures of your favourite artists from the Y’ello carpet

Johannes Kerkorrel, Sizwe Zako & Dr Thomas Chauke – Legendary music stalwarts that will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards for the stellar work in the music industry over the years

Kelly Khumalo, Khuli Chana & Khaya and Kia – The former all received 3 nominations each, and the latter will be driving the stars to the Y’ello carpet

L is for live streaming – catch the awards and all the backstage behind the secnes action as it is streamed live on your mobile ( and Facebook (

Mzansi 4 Sho – SABC 1 Will broadcast the awards ceremony live to millions of viewers on Saturday, May 11 at 8:30pm

Nomfusi, Maleh, Kelly Khumalo, Cama Gwini & Bongeziwe Mabandla – Ladies doing it for themselves in the Best African Adult Album category

Oskido, Black Coffee, DJ Pepsi, DJ Vetkuk vs. Mahoota & Pascal & Pearce – Industry heavyweights going head to head in one of the biggest awards of the night, the Best Dance Album Award

ProVerb, PRO, Reason, Khuli Chana & Last Days Fam – Going head to head for in the Best Rap Album category

Q – Question is – who will follow in Zahara’s 2012 footsteps and dominate the awards?  Now that’s something to celebrate

Record of the Year – Voting lines are open for the 20 acts in the running, voting is reaching fever pitch for the most popular award of the night

Sun City Superbowl – Venue for MTN SAMA 19 on Saturday 11 May.  Final show prodcution is being kept tightly under wraps with some hot, never-before-seen collaborations planned… Live Acts announcement coming soon

Tickets – Available from Computicket from R 330 – R400 (Golden Circle) per person including entrance to the public After Party in the Hall of Treasures –

Umthwalo – Having dominated last year with 6 MTN SAMAs, this year Zahara returns with 3 nominations including Record of the Year for Umthwalo

V.Underground, Lloyd Cele, Riot & Shabalala Rhythm – Clinched nominations for Best Collaboration with a variety of artists for the smashing hits in 2012

Warwick Allan, Benza, Salomon Ligthelm, Jolyon Ellis & Claudio Pavan – Celebrated producers behind the most outstanding music videos the past year going head to head for the coveted Best Music Video of the Year award

XOXO – Expect lots of hugs and kisses on the red carpet as well as big hugs on stage for the winners

Y’ello Carpet – Signature MTN SAMA style VIP carpet; the fashion on the Y’ello carpet is just as important as the music at the annual MTN SAMA awards – see who’s wearing what on streamed live on your mobile ( and Facebook (

Zonke, Toya Delazy, ChianoSky, Zahara & DJ Zinhle – Ladies in the running for the coveted Record of the Year category

How good are the MTN SAMA goodie bags?


We’ve got just over two weeks to go until the 19th MTN SAMAs take place at Sun City, WOOHOO!! Cannot wait. I’m heading through to cover the event once again and I’m positive it will be a great event. So one thing presenters, performers and nominees can always look forward to (eventhough they don’t need half of this shit) are the goodie bags.

This year they’ve pulled out the all the stops with each goodie bag totaling R18,000! In the bag:

– Ray-Ban shades

– Monster headphones

– Impress-ive shoes

– Azzaro Fragrances

– Demalogica skin care products

– Clarins makeup

– Hair care products by Mizani

– Fashionable Cult Collective T-Shirts

– Douwe Egberts coffee

– A special item from Elegance Jewelers

– Le Coq Sportif footwear

– Status ladies wear

– Trendy Pamela Mann Legwear

– Exclusive SABC laptop bags

– Timeless pieces of Honey Jewellery

– KIA picnic blankets

– Fun Tip Top items

– Custom made USB’s by Nampak

– Rolling Stone magazine and T-shirt amongst other very impressive goodies.


Like last year, the SOHO Nail and Beauty Bar returns to the SAMAs for treatments and more. Häagen Dazs, Mageu and Bos Iced Tea will be making sure everyone is hydrated and happy, Cal C Vita and Berroca will make sure everyone is healthy and Tomato Watches will make sure time is being kept. How awful does this all sound?

I’ll just be watching them receive all their goodies… Lucky me 😉

Full list of SAMA 19 nominees list


Here they 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 Verwondering
Loyiso                                                                                            Love Complete
Ntokozo Mbambo                                                                            Filled
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!
Riot Feat. Zahara                                                                   Thetha Nami
Shabalala Rhythm Feat. Oliver Mtukudzi and DJ Tira                Please Call Me
V.Underground Feat. Mishka                                                   Gelo Wandi
Zahara Feat. Leroy Bell & Soweto Gospel Choir                        Hold On (Bambelela)
• Best Music Video of the YearBenza                                               AKA                                       Jealousy
Salomon Ligthelm                             Gangs Of Ballet                      Hello Sweet World
Warwick Allan                                   Prime Circle                          Evidence
Jolyon Ellis                                        Spoonfeedas                         Attack Of The Hadedas
Claudio Pavan                                   The Parlotones                       Honey Spiders

• Best Producer

Mark Beling                                       BlackByrd                              Strong
Crighton Goodwill                             ChianoSky                              Hungry
Theo Crous                                        Prime Circle                          Evidence
Theo Crous                                       The Parlotones                       Journey  Through The Shadows
Jax Panik                                          Toya Delazy                           Due Drop Deluxe

• Best Engineer

Christopher Tuck                              Macstanley                                                             Lucid Alive And Dreaming
Mark Beling                                      BlackByrd                                                               Strong
Crighton Goodwill                             ChianoSky                                                              Hungry
Jake Odendaal                                 Joe Niemand Night of Light Die Beste Van               Joe Niemand
Marius Marais                                                                                                                Huisgenoot Skouspel 2012

• Remix of the Year

Zynne Sibika                                     J Vetkuk Vs Mahoota                                Istokvel
Chris Sen                                          RJ Benjamin                                            2012 Change The World
DJ Kent                                            Theo Kgosinkwe                                       Thinking About You Ft. Zonke – DJ Kent Remix
Pascal & Pearce                                Toya Delazy                                             Heart – Pascal & Pearce Remix
ClassyMenace                                   Toya Delazy                                              Pump It On – Classy Menace Remix