2009 SAMA Award Winners

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The SAMA awards were last night and they showcased the best local music talent!

Kwanele Sosibo shares his thoughts on it: 

With the New Academics, Enyonini Mission and Kaalkop Waarheid losing to 340ml, Amadodana aseWeseli and Van Coke Kartel respectively, there were plenty of disappointed entourages avoiding eye-contact at Sun City by Saturday midnight. But it’s safe to say that the above awards went to the obvious, safe winners, which is something that can be said for more than a few categories. I guess that’s how the folks prefer it. Afro-pop is a perfect example of the predictability I’m talking about. By all accounts, Theo Kgosinkwe cruised to victory with I Am.

 

Generally, the upsets were kept to a bare minimum, with the possible exception of the hip-hop category, usually the most beef-inspiring one. Teargas came out of nowhere to scoop Zuluboy, Da L.E.S., JR and Nemza. With Da LES’ crossover appeal and Zuluboy’s emergence as a bonafide star with a prominent acting gig, I figured it was a tussle between the two. There were other sleepers, like Brickz taking the best kwaito album category from the likes of Thebe, Big Nuz, and his label boss Mzekezeke.

For some, it was a surprise to see an Afrikaans act as the top selling album, namely Leonie May with Vergeet M Nie. The Afrikaans community’s buying power and loyalty is notorious, hence the most downloaded true tone and full song being Elizma Theron and Nicholas Louw’s Kom Ons Vat n’ Kans. Although DJ Cleo’s Hands Up was the biggest selling mobile music download, that was only a caller tune. Furthermore, the popularity of Rhythmic Elements’ 2 By 2, the record of the year by public vote and this year’s benchmark (Tira’s after party set), did not translate into sales for the North West duo.

 

So you can guess who was on the anti-piracy bandwagon in the public service announcements. I would think obscurity would be the most feared killer of artists, but then again, I don’t make music, I only go to the gigs – sometimes even for free.

The SAMAs can sometimes seem like a “competition” grounded in political correctness, affiliations, alliances and interests all converging. It’s all the things things that point towards a culture of influence based on clout as opposed to musical innovation. My real surprise was how Lira seemed to win so many awards (four) despite the additional categories being apparently an attempt to forestall yellow carpet sweeps.

 

The winners are as follows:

Best African Traditional: Rebecca Malope – Ujehova Ungu’ Madida
Best Contemporary Jazz Album: The Moreira Project – Volume Two Citizen of the World


Best Maskanda Album: Imithente – Simqonda Ngqo
Music Video of the Year: The Parlotones – Overexposed

 

Best Urban Dance Album: DJ Kent – Mixing Buisness with Pleasure
Best Urban Pop Album: The Gang of Instrumentals – Round 3

Lifetime Achiever Awards: Anton Goosen & Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Best Afrikaans Pop: Eden – Kniee Lam


Best African Pop: Theo Kgosinkwe – I Am

Best English Rock Album: Zebra & Giraffe – Collected Memories

Best Rap Album: Teargas – Wata Wata
Best Kwaito Album: Brickz – Stop Nonsense
Best Selling Album: Lianie May – Vergeet My Nie

Best Producer and Best Dance album: Goldfish

and of course….

Newcomer of the Year – Andile Mseleku
Duo or Group of the Year – Soweto Gospel Choir
Best Female Artist of the Year – Lira
Best Male Artist of the Year – Abdullah Ibrahim
MTN Record of the Year – Rhythmic Elements

and the most coveted award of them all…

Album of the Year: Lira – Soul in Mind

xx

yours in musical madness

 


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18 Comments

  1. melody wrote:

    A Great Success…

  2. Koketso M wrote:

    The awards ceremony was fantastic, everyone who won deserved to win. However the Sun City Resort management should get themselves more organised regarding the security at the resort. The management should not allow the place to fill up above the allowed capacity. There were more people outside the superbowl than there were inside. Most of whom were stealing from others or were totally drunk.

    To MTN and the SAMA committee a job well done. To the Sun City Management, there is a huge room for improvement.

  3. PILETSO TAKALO wrote:

    it was unfair for REBECCA TO WIN THAT AWARD I MEAN WINNIE MASHABA SONG IS MORE HEALING THAN THAT ONE OF REBECCA MALOPE EVEN THOUGH SHE MIGHT HAVE WON BY VOTES BUT I CANT GET THE MESSAGE OF THAT SONG.AS FOR LIRA U GO GIRL.

  4. PILETSO TAKALO wrote:

    sesi Rebecca we love u so much ,I FORGOT TO SALUTE TREVOUR HE DID A VERY GOOD JOB ON SATURDAY AND WELL DONE TO THE MANAGEMENT

  5. mosibudi wrote:

    I’ll start by saying we must stop nominating for Gospel coz we all know Rebecca is going to win even though she doesnt deserve it and i do love her music but i think Winnie Mashaba deserved that trophy.Her music heals our souls and she signs all kind of languages.Lira,Keep that music cumin Gal i adore ure hole Album.AFRICAN WOMAN(Lira).Trevor you myk ma ribs Hurt.

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  7. Pele-Pele wrote:

    The SAMA’s were excellent; however, the comment that Brickz made about Cleo was really unnecessary…he was just out of line. What is wrong with accepting your award and thanking the Lord than trying to get back at Cleo. The man helped you in a lots of things dude, regardless of the beef…you need to appreciate and it is stupid to burn ones bridge as one would one day need it to go across. Brickz grow up ndoda…Cleo keep doing what the Lord brought you to do…we will support you ntwana. Next time just leave Brickz with his silly comments…they will bite his sorry A$$ one day.

  8. Pele-Pele wrote:

    Nice one indeed…

  9. Pele-Pele wrote:

    Wow…that is shocking to hear, Some people are just a disgrace. The event was to have fun not to destroy someones elses assets.

  10. amy k wrote:

    i realr liked the samas a lot. trev he is so funy and he handled the show realy well. what hapened to uKhanyi Mbau God she is so skiny it hurt the dress din’t look nice on her. i wonder what the hell is Mandla doing to her but it serves her right she has been gloting about the money like it is her’s. she want to come out of that relationship but she can’t because she won’t be able to support her habit. i hope all girl learn their lesson from her; if you mary a rich man don’t be stupid and spend all the money save some for future use in case of imegence. learn from Basetsane Khumalo. hayi uKelly Khumalo looked like some gay men bakithi. hay bonang shame we know you have been dumped kodwa you brought it upon yourself. she was dancing like a 18 year old girl shame alone with her coleugs not with Slikour. no more oh nice couple of the year. and Bonang funda ukuqgoka flonting is not everything your thighs can tell that you have been around they are not good looking and chuby but still skiny wena you look like an anorexic girl you fall in the same category as khanyi mbawu. shame lovie.

  11. SBONGILE wrote:

    i really enjoyed the SAMAS i was a bit disappoined though i expected the bignuz to win the song of the year remember DURBAN ROCKS THA’S THE FACT.

  12. Solly M wrote:

    if wena Keletso osa understande SONG ya Rebecca just keep quiet. Rebbeca deserve that award maybe you should listen to her songs more often. REBECCA GA A BAPALE O SA TLO BA TSHELA METSE. wait for next year with her albam MY HIRO she will take the award again.

  13. Solly M wrote:

    let the best alabm take the award. Mosibudi as much as i like Winnie but girl come on Rebbeca ke skhoskho as long as a sa phefumula ba sa tlo khala. Go and get your self her latest albam MY HIRO then you will understand why she is taking all the awards

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  15. tumy wrote:

    all of the celebs were great and know that u r all the winners.lesotho is supporting ur music big time

  16. sabelo aka CHIVAS wrote:

    YES IDO AGREE WITH SBONGILE THAT DURBAN ROCK BUT YOU HAVE TO CLEARIFY THAT WHO IS ROCKING CAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY ARTISTS AT DURBAN

  17. Sweety wrote:

    I realy congratulate all winners especially Rebecca she is the best dispite all the critics, Who ever says Winnie’s song are more healing than Rebecca’s which item did you use to measure is it the holly spirit, the thermometer, tape measure or what? If Winnie blesses you she doesn’t bless me at all, to me she sound boring and she doesn’t grow up musically she is so local and hardly international icon, I love Rebecca so much and i trust her and her message, I pray for her everyday because without her SA gospel is in vain God created her purposely though you are so sturbon to see that but it is the fact anyway, If you listen carefull to the content of Ungu Madida songs like ‘Take a look’ Rebecca has transposed her creativity to some sweet jazz which none of Lundi,Kholeka, Winnie have ever done so, just listen to the message and tunes of Umusa,Manajalo,yehla moya,sinje ngamajuba eeehnnnn what else do you want in an album than this. Think you guys should learn to appreciate peoples talents.

  18. BOKANI THEKWINI wrote:

    It’s not for man to judge…If it was unfair thn we know God hs greater plans for our inspirational Winnie !!!!!!!!!

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