Zahara, MiCasa prove to be ‘bosses’ at SAMA

2012-05-01 14:43

It took two newcomers barely a year to prove that they are worthy of the title “boss” – the catchprase of the 18th South African Music Awards (SAMA) at the Sun City Superbowl in the North West.

Last night, Mzansi watched as music phenomenon Zahara, dressed in a red Nhlanhla Nciza NN Vintage number, won eight awards, making her the biggest winner of the night.

She scooped, among others, Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Best Selling Album and Newcomer of the Year.

Fan-favourite of the night – who had the crowd screaming their name each time it was mentioned – was MiCasa.

The group won Record of the Year award, voted for by fans, and took away the Duo/Group of the Year and Best Dance Album awards.

While winners like Zahara and MiCasa humbly accepted each award, there was some ego from the usual suspects.

After winning his third award for the MTN Best-Selling Mobile Music Download of the Year, DJ Cleo took to the stage to declare himself a “boss”, a play on HHP’s track Bosso Ke Mang?, adding that: “Bosso ke motho’ winang award asa e nominatwa” (A boss is a person who wins an award without being nominated for it).

 From then on, the word “boss” kept popping up like acne throughout the speeches.

As for the fashion, cleavage, bare backs and feathers featured on the night. Celebrities donned local designer wear with Bonang Matheba and Minenhle Dlamini bringing their plunging necklines to the stage while Miss South Africa Melinda Bam and Dlamini (again) slipped into glittering gowns with feather details.

The entertainment at the superbowl kept guests glued to their seats, with some interesting collaborations, including Best Male and Best Urban Street award winner AKA who teamed up with Jack Parow for an electrifying performance.

Budding hip hop star Zakwe, who was nominated for five awards but left empty-handed, was a good sport and closed the show in spectacular style with dancers clad in silver, holding glow sticks as part of their routine.

There were some awkward moments when jokes fell flat, especially when Slikour and Dlamini traded barbs about their respective relationships.

But overall, the show’s organisers have stepped it up and brought a show worthy of the country’s biggest night in music.

The winners:

Best Alternative Album
The Dirty Skirts for Lost In The Fall

Best Kiddies Album
Wendy Oldfield for Singalong Kidz Volume 2

Best Smooth Urban Music Album
Zahara for Loliwe

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

The Plain Truth – We Are The Shining Ones

Best Classical and Instrumental Album
CH2 for Ping

Best Collaboration
Zahara featuring Georgy for Incwad’Encane

Best Jazz Album
Jimmy Dludlu for Tonota

Best Pop Album
Lloyd Cele for One

Best African Adult Album
Zonke for Ina Ethe

Best Rock Album
Shadowclub for Guns and Money

Best Traditional Music Album
Soul Brothers for Amaphutha

Best Traditional Faith Music Album
Solly Mahlangu for Mwamba Mwamba

Best Street Urban Music Album
AKA for Altar Ego

Best Sokkie Dans Album
Snotkop for Ek Laaik Van Jol

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Elvis Blue for Elvis Blue (2CD Special Edition)

Best Maskandi Album

Thokozani Langa for I-Protection Order

Best Kwaito Album
Big Nuz for Pound for Pound

Best Dance Album

Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music

Special Award: Best Selling Album
Loliwe by Zahara

Special Award: MTN Best-Selling Mobile Music Download

Facebook by DJ Cleo

Newcomer of the Year
Zahara for Loliwe

Duo/Group of the Year
Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music

Male Artist of the Year
AKA for Altar Ego

Female Artist of the Year

Zahara for Loliwe

MTN Record of the Year
These Streets by Mi Casa

Album of the Year
Loliwe by Zahara

» Aside from the six awards listed above, Zahara won two more awards during the Sunday night ceremony.

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