2009 SAMA Award Winners
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
yours in musical madness