SAMA19: Khaya, Mi Casa, Lira win on first night

2013-05-11 14:20

SA Idols winner Khaya, Mi Casa, Jax Panix and Lira were some of the big names to walk away with awards on the first night of the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (SAMA19) at the Sun City Superbowl.

The curtain raiser last night was hosted by comedian Tumi Morake and focused on recognising “sales prowess and technical brilliance” ahead of the main SAMAs show tonight.

The first night of the show saw Lifetime Achievement Awards presented by the renowned Vusi Mahlasela and Ray Phiri to three legendary icons in the South African music industry: Dr Thomas Chauke, Sizwe Zako and posthumously to Johannes Kerkorrel.

Crowd-pleasing house trio Mi Casa walked away with the SAMPRA award – the award given to the most played song on local radio – for their hit song Heavenly Sent. The track is also one of the five finalists in line to win the coveted Record of the Year award tonight.

SA Idols winner Khaya picked up the coveted Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album award for For You, while Afrikaans musician Theuns Jordaan won Best Selling Album for Roeper.

Songbird Lira scooped the Best Live DVD for her The Captured Tour Concert Film, while DJ Kent picked up the Remix of the Year gong for his remix of the hit Theo Kgosinkwe track, Thinking About You Ft. Zonke.

Jax Panix was rewarded for his work on Toya Delazy’s debut album Due Drop Deluxe with the Best Producer award, while former Mean Mr Mustard frontman Mark Beling picked up the statuette for Best Engineer for the album Strong by female adult contemporary trio BlackByrd.

Some of the live performances on the night came courtesy of Zahara, Riot, BlackByrd, Lindiwe Maxolo, Dr Thomas Chauke na Shinyori Sisters, Sizwe Zako, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Teddy Bears, L’vovo Derrango and Professor.

Elvis Blue also paid tribute to the late Johannes Kerkorrel with a performance.

The main SAMA19 show takes place tonight and will be streamed online and broadcast live on SABC1 at 8.30pm from the Sun City Superbowl.

» Full list of last night’s winners:

Lifetime achievement awards

Johannes Kerkorrel (posthumously)

Sizwe Zako

Dr Thomas Chauke

Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album

Khaya – For You

Best Alternative Album

iScream & The Chocolate Stix – The Paradox

Best Classic & Instrumental Album

CH2 CH 2 Guitar Duo Live with the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

Ntokozo Mbambo – Filled

Best Producer

Jax Panik – Due Drop Deluxe (Toya Delazy)

Best Engineer

Mark Beling – Strong (BlackByrd)

Best Music Video of the Year

Claudio Pavan – Honey Spiders (The Parlotones)

Remix of the Year

DJ Kent – Thinking about You ft. Zonke DJ Kent

Remix (Theo Kgosinkwe)

Best Live DVD

The Captured Tour Concert Film – Lira

Best Selling DVD

Vol. 16 Live at Carnival City – Joyous Celebration

Best Selling Album

Roeper – Theuns Jordaan

Best Selling Tru-Tone

Follow Me – DJ Cleo ft. Teddy Bears

Best Selling Ring-Back-Tone

Loliwe – Zahara

Best Selling Full-Track Download

You’re The Voice Shout/J23 – Artists for a safer South Africa


Heavenly Sent – Mi Casa

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