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The legendary group shows that it still has what it takes. Stimela walked away with no fewer than three Samas this weekend.
A HOST of Joburg artists scooped several coveted awards in an assortment of categories in the 17th annual South African Music Awards – the Samas.


LiquideepLiquideep, best album of the year winnersThe awards were handed out at a big two-evening event at Montecasino on 20 and 21 May.

Joburg rock outfit The Parlotones won best-selling DVD, best global chart DVD and best music video of the year for The Stars Fall Down. Legendary group Stimela won remix of the year, best traditional/African adult contemporary African DVD and best adult contemporary album: African.

Other Joburg artists who bagged awards included Patrick Duncan, for best urban gospel album, Thandiswa Mazwai for best urban DVD and female artist of the year, and reggae artist and DJ Jah Seed won best reggae album for No Retreat No Surrender.

One controversial Joburger, Steve Hofmeyr, won best adult contemporary album while Goldfish won the award for best global dance album. Best-selling true-tone went to DJ Mzi and DJ Cleo for Nababantwana.

Popular duo Liquideep walked off with the award for album of the year and duo or group of the year for their debut, Fabrics of the Heart.

Eccentric outfit Kwela Tebza won the award for best urban pop album for their album, Gauteng Made in South Africa/Mzansi; Theo Kgosinkwe scooped best pop album: African for his second album, Grateful, while DJ Kent won best urban dance album for I Can’t Survive.


Thandiswa MazwaiThandiswa Mazwai: Female Artist of the Year winnerBest rap album award went to industrious producer, Amu, for The Principle.

Other prominent winners included Freshlyground for best engineer and best adult contemporary album: English; Mthunzi Namba for best African contemporary gospel album; and Professor’s debut album, University of Kalawa Jazmee, won MTN record of the year. Professor also walked away with the award for best kwaito album and male artist of the year.

The Samas were co-hosted by Phat Joe, aka Majota Kambule, the controversial radio and television host; and model, television and radio personality Bonang Matheba; as well as television and radio jockey Sizwe Dhlomo.

There were three stages inside the Dome, the main venue, and an outside stage for music fans and eccentric collaborations. Spectators were there in their hundreds. Artists who performed included Zakes Bantwini, Professor and Tumi & The Volume, to list a few.

Hosted in Joburg for the first time, the awards were marred by teething problems and technical glitches. Organisers acknowledge that there was a number of operational and logistical challenges in the lead-up to the event that led to the inconveniencing of many guests.

Watch a video snippet of the Samas at Montecasino.
Despite these challenges, the Sama organisers say they embrace the decision made to bring the awards to Joburg. “The Annual MTN South African Music Awards has become a global showcase for the best in South African music and a bridge between South Africa and the rest of the world for our myriad of amazing talent,” they say.

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