The SAMAS honour SA legends

2015-04-19 11:00

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Masilela is the founder of chart-topping kwaito band Mashamplani, which gave kwaito its raw edge back in the day. Masilela, Tokollo (TKZee) and Sbu (AmaLawyer) were the founding members of Mashamplani. Before then, Masilela and Spikiri formed MM Deluxe in the late 1980s.

Mdu has produced and discovered kwaito artists such as MaWillies and Brown Dash, along with many others who laid a solid foundation for kwaito music from the 1980s to the end of the 2000s.

Solo projects have seen the Soweto-born entrepreneur dubbed Chomi Yabana (friend of the ladies), while tracks such as Tsiki Tsiki and Mazola have become kwaito classics.


When legendary composer, singer, producer and multiple instrument player Ngqawana died in 2011, he had produced more than 10 albums that were released during a career that spanned more than 30 years.

He had amassed five Samas, and his contribution to Afro jazz was and still is indelible. He played locally and abroad extensively.

Ngqawana was regarded as one of the hardest-working and most inspiring jazz musicians of his generation. He kept his African roots and heritage close to his craft, often giving new meaning to jazz through his interpretations of culture.


In February, Kellerman won a Grammy Award for best New Age album for Winds of Samsara, a 2014 collaboration with Indian composer and producer Ricky Kej.

This world-conquering album is also in line for two Samas in the best classical/ instrumental album and best producer categories.

The flautist and composer won Samas in 2010 and in 2011.


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