Big Nuz, Lira and Black Coffee shine at Samas

2010-04-18 11:07

IT LOOKS like Durban kwaito ­music is still going strong and making a national impact after Big Nuz won big at the MTN South African Music Awards (Samas) at the Sun City Superbowl last night.

The trio won the coveted Best Kwaito Album and Album of the Year awards for their monster ­album ­Undisputed.

Other big winners of the night ­included Black Coffee, who took home the Male Artist of the Year and Best Urban Dance Album awards.

Pop group The Parlotones also scooped two awards, Best Music Video of the Year award for their megahit Push Me to The Floor, and Best Rock Album (English) for their latest album, Stardust Galaxies.

The band’s frontman, Kahn ­Morbee, who had just flown in from Europe, couldn’t contain his excitement. “We are working very hard on this ­album and currently doing a tour of Europe to promote it,” he said.

Sama favourite Lira scooped the Female Artist of the Year award for the second year in a row for her Live in Concert: A Celebration.

Ntando’s music career received the kiss of life after he won the Best Pop Album (African) for his latest offering, Inqubela.

The Best Rap Album category also proved popular on the night. It was won by trio Teargas for their hit ­album Dark Or Blue.

The group was competing in the same category as previous ­Sama winner HHP, Jr, Tumi and Kuli Chana of Morafe fame.

DJ Cleo took home the MTN Best Selling Mobile Music Download award for his hit Hands Up.

Grammy award winners Soweto Gospel Choir scooped the first ­International Achievement award. This category recognises artists who have made an impact on the ­international stage, and this group certainly has.

Ishmael Morabe must be on cloud nine after scooping the Best Engineer award on Friday night for his solo album On the Edge. He also won the Best Urban Pop Album award ­together with Jozi for their latest ­album Wild Life.

Despite talk of a recession, the main sponsors of the show, MTN, went out of their way to impress with a stage that brought to mind a spaceship.

“We do invest a great deal of ­money in making sure that local­ ­talent is recognised,” said Veli ­Mabena, general ­manager for marketing and brand communication at MTN South ­Africa. “Through this sponsorship, we want to reinforce our commitment to supporting all local music genres as well as the ­development of new and established musicians,” he said.

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