Music awards come of age

2015-03-15 15:00

The SA Music Awards turn 21 this year. The celebrations started with a nominee announcement event at the Rand Club in Joburg on Thursday.

Fans and musicians know them as the Samas, but new award chairperson Refiloe Ramogase says “the time for nicknames is over”.

“At 21, you are expected to define yourself in your world, and this is what we are doing,” Ramogase said.

“The Samas are the definitive awards in South Africa and winning [one] is often career-defining.”

Some of South Africa’s biggest music names were on hand, including Donald Moatshe, Kelly Khumalo, Simphiwe Dana, Kurt Darren, Reason, Nakhane Touré, Slikour, Benjamin Dube, Zakes Bantwini and Robbie Malinga.

Cassper Nyovest leads the pack with five nominations, including for best male artist and album of the year.

Afro-pop jazz band Beatenberg also scored five Sama nominations.

K.O will contest four categories at the awards show, which will be held on April 19 at the Sun City Superbowl.

Hours after the morning’s hullabaloo was over, some nominees celebrated at an exclusive party at Cocoon Lounge in Sandton.

The KIA Record of the Year Sama nominees, who are chosen by public votes, were announced on Friday night. The nominees are: Build it Up by Monark; Busa by Euphonik; Caracara by K.O featuring Kid X; Congratulate by AKA; Easy to Love by Bucie featuring Heavy K; Pluto (Remember You) by DJ Clock featuring Beatenberg; Rafael by Beatenberg; Rainbow by Black Motion featuring Xoli M; Turn You On by Mi Casa and Y Tjukutja by Uhuru featuring Professor, Oskido & DJ Bucks.

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