Zahara scoops seven Sama nominations

2012-03-08 11:29

The official countdown to the biggest evening in the local music industry was kicked off this morning at the launch and nominee announcement of the South African Music Awards (Samas).

Now in its 18th year, the Samas have become the hottest ticket in the entertainment circles.

Leading the pack of nominees is the flavour of the moment, Zahara, with a whooping seven nods for her debut, Loliwe.

Among her seven nods, she is nominated in the Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.

Zahara is followed closely by the dance trio Mi Casa – for Mi Casa Music – and little-known Durban rapper Zakwe for his self-titled debut, with five respectively.

Also sitting pretty with multiple nominations is Afro-soul star Zonke Dikana who earned three for her album Ina Ethe, while Cape Town-based synth-pop band Goodluck also walked away with three for their self-titled album.

Record of the Year, which is voted by the public, includes These Streets by Mi Casa, Amapantsula Ajabulile by Kabelo Mabalane, Ex by Character, Facebook by DJ Cleo, Lengoma by DJ Sbu featuring Zahara, Loliwe by Zahara, Phakade by Lira and Taking It Easy by Goodluck.

The 29 categories were revealed this morning at the Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg.

The event was attended by industry heavyweights such as Mabalane, Loyiso Bala, HHP, Solly Mahlangu, Tshedi Mholo, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and Lira – they all presented different categories.

The Samas take place on April 29 and 30 at Sun City in Rustenburg, North West, and will be broadcast live on SABC1.

The top six categories:

Album Of The Year
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Songs From The Farms

Mi Casa – Mi Casa Music

Zahara – Loliwe

Zakwe – Zakwe

Zonke – Ina Ethe

Duo or Group Of The Year
Big Nuz – Pound For Pound

Goodluck – Goodluck

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Songs From The Farms

Mi Casa – Mi Casa Music

Taxi Violence – Unplugged: Long Way From Home

Female Artist Of The Year
Charlize Berg – Charlize Berg

Josie Field – 1984

Nomhle – Ikwezi (morning star)

Zahara – Loliwe

Zonke – Ina Ethe

Male Artist Of The Year
AKA – Altar Ego

Bhekumuzi Luthuli – Isipho (gift)

Jimmy Dludlu – Tonota

Lwanda Gogwana – Songbook Chapter 1

Zakwe – Zakwe

Newcomer Of The Year:
Lwanda Gogwana – Songbook Chapter 1

Mi Casa – Mi Casa Music

Shadowclub – Guns and Money

Zahara – Loliwe

Zakwe – Zakwe

Record of the Year nominees: Code tracks artist

A. Amapansula Ajabulile – Kabelo Mabalane

B. Casanova – DJ Choice

C. Clap Your Hands – Zakes Bantwini featuring Xolani Sithole

D. Ex – Character

E. Facebook – DJ Cleo

F. Get Over It – Bucie

G. I Wanna Love You – Lulo Café featuring Nothende

H. Lengoma – DJ Sbu featuring Zahara

I. Lento – Professor featuring Speedy

J. Lighthouse – Elvis Blue

K. Loliwe – Zahara

L. Make It Easy – Lloyd Cele

M. Phakade – Lira

N. Settle For Less – Liquideep

O. Taking It Easy – GoodLuck

P. These Streets – Mi Casa

Q. Thinking About You – Theo Kgosinkwe featuring Zonke

R. Turning In My Sleep – Prime Circle

S. World of Mine – Loyiso featuring Khuli Chana

T. You and I – Charlize Berg and Heinz Winckler.

To vote for your favourite, SMS the listed code to 083 123 Sama (7262). Standard SMS rates do apply.

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