28th Annual South African Music Awards Nominees Announced

The best sounds of South African Music have been announced at The Garden Venue Boutique Hotel in Randburg after two years of absentia due to covid 19 regulations protocol. SAMA awards were first hosted in Joburg at Montecasino, Fourways in 2011, Before that the traditional venue was the Sun City Superbowl in North West Province.

SAMA’s are rated as the uppermost musical accolade an artist, band or producer can get in South Africa, making it the most popular award for musical excellence in the country.

The awards are wide-ranging to all genres and include production, engineering, and video. The Recording Industry of South Africa organizes them (RiSA). RiSA is a Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) is a trade association that represents the collective interests of producers of music sound recordings and major and independent record labels in South Africa.

This year’s event was made possible by the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, SAMPRA, CAPASSO, White Star, SAMRO, RAV, DRIP, and TikTok.

“SABC 1 prides itself on being the platform that unearths and recognizes talent. With each year of the partnership, the South African Music Awards and SABC 1, as a collective, shine a light on the music industry and the artists in their respective genres. A huge congratulation to all the nominees that have made it through this year” says Thulisile Nhlapo, the Acting Channel Head.


This year’s awards have seen a record number of entries in its submission a record number of 1395 submission has been received months before the closing of the nomination date and more than 100 nominees were announced. The categories with record entries include Best Collaboration (180), Best Hip Hop Album (179), Best Produced Music Video (149), Best Dance Album (73), and Best Amapiano Album (68).

“This exponential growth augurs well for the future of the music industry and the role the SAMAs continue to play, This is incredible news worth celebrating. TheSAMAs continue to grow from strength to strength with the buy-in and support of the music industry practitioners and fans of the SAMA. I’m proud that we manage to build on last year’s gains, and the upward trajectory continues. Congratulations to all who were involved in running a slick campaign to attract this record number of entries. I wish all the entrants the best of luck.” says Recording Industry South Africa (RiSA) Chief Executive, Nhlanhla Sibisi.

Singer, Record ProducerZakhele Madida Also known As Zakes Bantwinin dominates the nomination list with seven Nods. The Awards will take place on 31 July and will be Broadcasted on the National Broadcast (SABC1) at 8 pm.

Here is the Full list of SAMA28 nomination

Album of the Year

African Electronic Dance Music – Sun-El Musician

Ghetto King – Zakes Bantwini

It’s All You – Brian Temba

Musique – Chymamusique

When House Was House – Mobi Dixon

Duo or Group of the Year

Ama Roto Vol.2 – Reece Madlisa and Zuma

Elephant In The Room – Watershed

Franco Prinsloo: Kruis Van Liefde – Franco Prinsloo and Vox Chamber Choir

Pangaea – Wouter Kellerman and David Arkenstone

Wangikhulisa uMama – Shwi Nomtekhala

Female Artist of the Year

Platinum Heart Open – Msaki

African Bird – Khanyisile Mthetwa

Nkulunkulu – Kamo Mphela

Trailblazer – Reign Afrika

Trouble In Paradise – Shekhinah

Male Artist of the Year

African Electronic Dance Music – Sun-El Musician

Ghetto King – Zakes Bantwini

It’s All You – Brian Temba

Musique – Chymamusique

When House Was House – Mobi Dixon

White Star Newcomer of the Year

Thapelo Lekoane- Tapestry

Khanyisile Mthetwa- African Bird

25K – Pheli Makaveli

Ncebakazi Msomi – The 34th Psalm

Botanist Mr. Lamington – The Shift

Best Rock Album

Headlights Dream – Steve Louw

Partypocalypse – Springbok Nude Girls

Revolution – Tim Parr

Sacred Sound – Albert Frost

Ennui – Deity’s Muse

Best Pop Album

Souvenirs – Jeremy Loops

Motion – Tresor

Trouble In Paradise – Shekhinah

A Journal – Bonj

Don’t Let Go – Jacky Carpede

Best Pop Album

Hier Waar Ek Nou Is – Juan Boucher

Prisma – Janie Bay

Rugsak – Elandrê

Niks Vergelyk – Posduif

Roekeloos – Rita Li

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Tapestry – Thapelo Lekoane

Where The Light Gets In – Pat McCay

Elephant In The Room – Watershed

Brother – Jacob Swann

Platinumb Heart Open – Msaki

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

Al Die Ysters – Jan Jan Jan

Sangoma Sandilands and Jou Pa Se Posse Maanskyn -Neil Sandilands

Twintigeenentwintig – Jennifer Zamudio

Volume – Die Heuwels Fantasties

Woorde – Jodi Jantjies

Best African Adult Contemporary Album

Thetha Mama – The One Who Sings

Camagu – Ntando

2020 – Joe Nina

The Red Stoep – Nomfusi

Cwaka – Mandisi Dyantyis

Best Alternative Music Album

City Of God and The Jungle Below – Daniel Baron

Night Speak – Lo- Ghost

Glow – Alice Phoebe Lou

Romance Was Born – Anna Wolf

Child’s Play – Alice Phoebe Lou

Best R&B/Soul Album

Real Talk – P.Postman

The Arrival – Melleng

Sour Milk – Joda Kgosi

It’s All You – Brian Temba

It Is What It is – Mikhale Jones

Best Hip Hop Album

Father Of Zen – Kid X

Pheli Makaveli – 25K

Logan – Emtee

Today’s Tragedy, Tomorrow’s Memory: Mixtape – A-Reece

B4NOW – Blxckie

Best Kwaito Album

Don’t Lose Focus – Sukiri Papa

Kwaito Pallet – Shisaboy

Let Dogs Lie Low – Simple Eugene

Ama Roto Vol.2 – Reece Madlisa and Zuma

Trip To Jozi – King Razo

Best Dance Album

Muzika – Miza

Ghetto King – Zakes Bantwini

Musique – Chymamusique

When House Was House – Mobi Dixon

African Electronic Dance Music – Sun-El Musician

Best Traditional Faith Music Album

Vela Nkosi – Jumbo

In the Beginning – Paul K

Heaven’s Scroll – Puleng March

The Great Revival – Takie Ndou

Shrubs of Chronicle (Live) – Zaza

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

My Heart To Him – Thabelo

Denga – Kingdmusic

Sacrificial Worship (Live) – Pulane Maphari

Find Me Singing – Lauren Cullen

The 34th Psalm – Ncebakazi Msomi

Best African Indigenous Faith Music Album

Ba Bosiu – Isaac and The Mighty Messengers

Re Kopa Go Wena Ramasedi – JTG Gospel Choir

Similapha Nkosi – NUZ Voices Of Joy

Swi Lava Yeso – Zion Iskhalanga Academy

Ore Etele Mohloeki – The Harmony Singers Artist Development

Rest Of Africa Award

Son Of A Tribe – Edgar Muzah (Zimbabwe)

Karabo – Malome Vector (Lesotho)

Boyfriend – Ckay (Nigeria)

If Orange Was A Place – Tems (Nigeria)

Love & Isolation – Tay Iwar (Nigeria)

Best Traditional Album

Dlozified – Mkhanyakude

Tshihwilili Tshanga – Dr Mercy Masakona Madzivhandila

Dziya Fhirtana – Vha Venda Cultural Group

Mathotse – Tau Sebata

Hantam Kerfees – Klipwerf

Best Maskandi Album

Ziyashisa – Makhamnandi

Idaymani – Thokozani Langa

Wangikhulisa uMama – Shwi Nomtekhala

Ivila Laselawini – Mzukulu

Phakathi Komhlane nembeleko – Udumakahle

Best Jazz Album

At This Point In Time Voices in Volumes – Herbie Tsoaeli

History In A Frame – Jimmy Dludlu

Music From My People – Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane

Revision – Steve Dyer

Quiet Please – McCoy Mrubata

Best Classical/Instrumental Album

Pangaea – Wouter Kellerman and David Arkenstone

Afrikaans – Scheppel

It Takes Three – Charl Du Plessis Trio

African Bird – Khanyisile Mthetwa

Franco Prinsloo: Kruis Van Liefde – Franco Prinsloo and Vox Chamber Choir

Best Afro Pop Album

iStiff – Mnqobi Yazo

New Faces To Old Problems – Bonga Kwana

Sukulila – Cici

Amalobolo – Aubrey Qwana

Amagama – Nomfundo Moh

Best Collaboration

Imali – Karyendasoul and Zakes Bantwini feat. Nana Atta

Osama – Zakes Bantwini and Kasango

Wamuhle – Njelic and Boohle feat. De Mthuda, Da Muziqal Chef

Zwivhuya – Makhadzi feat. Joe Delinger

No Rainbow – Msaki feat. Da Capo

Best Produced Music Video

Inhlupheko by Big Zulu – Edward (Gobi Beast) and Ofentse Mwase

Playback by K.O. – Ted Magerman

Mamezala by Mafikizolo feat. Simmy – Dale Fortune

When House Was House by Mobi Dixon feat. Mariechan and JNR SA – Mabi Ntuli and Shona

Finessin’ by AKA – Mninizo Sitho and Nhlanhla

Best Produced Album Of The Year

Karabo by Malome Vector – Bokang and Ndumiso

Platinumb Heart Open by Msaki – Neo Muyanga and Asanda

Destination Unknown by Vaughn Prangley – Howard Bradley

A World At Suicide by Kahn Morbee – Jacques du Plessis High

Thetha Mama by The One Who Sings – Sean, Keanan Leroy and Arthur

Best Engineered Album Of The Year

Candid by Moonga K – Greg Abrahams, Mike Zietsman and Vicente Espi

Ghetto King by Zakes Bantwini – Zakes Bantwini

Pheli Makaveli by 25K – Sibabalwe Andile Fiphaza

It Takes Three by Charl Du Plessis Trio – Peter Auret

City Of God and The Jungle Below by Daniel Baron – Daniel Baron and Darryn Muller

Remix Of The Year

Manyelo Dafro, Bassekou Kouyate and Da Capo- Ladon by Manyelo Dafro ft Basekou Kouyate

Lira and DJ Maphorisa – Feel Good by Lira

Sun- El Musician, Azana and Da Capo – Uhuru by Sun- El Musician and Azana

Da Capo – Mama by Josiah De Disciple and Boohle

DJ Cleo – Gcina Impilo Yam by Bucy Radebe

Best Reggae Album

He Crowned I Emperor – Skeleton Blazer

Trailblazer – Reign Afrika

Hard To Believe – Ras Canly

The Shift – Botanist Mr Lamington

Ngatanngwe – Red I Scorch

Best Amapiano Album

Auti eSharp – Mas Musiq

Nkulunkulu – Kamo Mphela

Kwa Kwa – Mellow and Sleazy

Notumato – Young Stunna

President Ya Strata – Focalistic

Best Gqom Album

Khula – Bello No Gallo

Summer Banger – Dlala Thukzin

Best Of The Best – T-Man

The Journey – Slenda Da Dancing DJ

Umshunqo Reloaded – Dladla Mshunqisi


Osama – Zakes Bantwini and Kasango

Questions – Shekhinah

Mamela – Mi Casa

Banyana – DJ Maphorisa and Tyler ICU feat. Daliwonga, Sir Trill and Kabza De Small

Abalele – Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa feat. Ami Faku

Adiwele – Young Stunna feat. Kabza De Small

Bopha – Mellow & Sleazy and Felo Le Tee feat. DJ Maphorisa, Madumane and Young Stunna

Asibe Happy – Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa feat. Ami Faku

Vula Mlomo – Musa Keys feat. Sir Trill and Nobantu Vilakazi

John Wick – De Mthuda feat. Da Muziqal Chef and Sir Trill

I’m With You – Matthew Mole

Umsebenzi Wethu – Busta 929 and Mpura feat. Zuma, Mr JazziQ, Lady Du and Reece Madlisa

Black And White – Nasty C and Ari Lennox

Izolo – DJ Maphorisa and Tyler ICU feat. Mpura, Daliwonga and Visca

Phakade Lami – Nomfundo Moh feat. Sha Sha and Ami Faku

Jola – De Mthuda feat. Sino Msolo

Shine Your Light – Master KG and David Guetta feat. Akon

Postcards – Jeremy Loops

Ngathwala Ngaye – Kelly Khumalo feat. Mondli Ngcobo

Right Now – Elaine



LiYoshona (Main Mix) – Kwiish SA feat. Njelic, MalumNator and De Mthuda

Izolo – DJ Maphorisa and Tyler ICU feat. Mpura, Daliwonga and Visca

Summer Yo Muthi – Blaq Diamond

Phakade Lami – Nomfundo Moh feat. Sha Sha and Ami Faku

Nkulunkulu – Kamo Mphela

Jola – De Mthuda feat Sino Msolo and Da Muziqal Chef

Indlovu – DJ Zinhle feat. Lloyiso

Yini Sdakwa – ThackzinDJ, Tee Jay and Sir Trill feat. Dlala Thukzin, Nkosazana_ Daughter, Rascoe Kaos, Moscow and Mpura

S’bali – Intaba Yase Dubai

Mamela – Mi Casa

ohn Wick – De Mthuda feat. Sir Trill and Da Muziqal Chef

Woza – Mr JazziQ, Kabza De Small and Lady Du feat. Boohle

Superman – DJ Stokie feat. Kabza De Small, Masterpiece YVK and Madumane

Getting Late – Tyla feat. Kooldrink

Umuzi eSandton – Big Zulu Feat. Lwah Ndlunkulu

Buyile – Khuli Chana feat. Tyler ICU, Stino Le Thwenny and Lady Du

Ghanama – Makhadzi feat. Prince Benza

Inhlupheko – Big Zulu feat. Mduduzi

Chucks – YOUNOTUS and Mi Casa

Mmapula – Busta 929 feat. Mzu M


Bello no Gallo

Haksul MUZIQ

Fanie Dick


Zion Agreement


Musa Keys


Jennifer Zamudio

Millie Ngwalangwala

Rodger KB

HunTer Leite

Brandon Dhludhlu


Young Stunna

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