Penultimate Samas episode was all about the craft

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  • The fourth night of the Samas was dubbed #ForThaCraft, celebrating the hard work that goes into creating albums and music videos.
  • The evening was also used to pay tribute to artists like Johnny Clegg, Neyi Zimu and Joseph Shabalala who died in the past year.
  • Winners on the night included Ami Faku and Benjamin Dube.


In case you missed it: the 2020 South African Music Awards made the move to the digital world.

For the first time, the popular award show has been divided into five episodes, scheduled to air from 3 to 7 August on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) and Vodacom's My Muze at 21:30. 

While the theme for this year's show is #ForTheKultcha, every episode has also been given a sub-theme, and Thursday it was all about celebrating those who do it #ForThaCraft. 

Gospel star Benjamin Dube was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrating his illustrious career. The award for Music Video of the Year was given to AKA, and Ami Faku took home the coveted Female Artist of the Year. 

The evening was also used to pay tribute to the fallen stars of the industry. 

Dumi Mkokstad and Sbu Noah shared a moving performance inside an empty church, remembering artists like Johnny Clegg, Joseph Shabalala and Neyi Zimu who died in the past year.  

About the penultimate episode of the show, RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi said in a statement: "We have hit the home stretch with this year's edition of the SAMA and we look back with pride for the amazing production, the worthy winners and how South Africans tuned in and streamed the ceremony."

He added: "Tonight was no different, it was a jam packed episode with lots of emotion and beauty, and we extend our congratulations to the winners for receiving the ultimate award in local music."

On Friday the fifth and final episode of the show will air. The 45-minute finale has been dubbed #ForThaClub and will celebrate dance and rock music. Viewers will also get to see who walks away with the massive Record of the Year award.

Here are all the winners from night 4:

Best Produced Album:

Scorpion Kings by MFR Souls, DJ Maphorisa, Vigro Deep & Kabza De Small 

Best Live Audio Visual Recording:

Glory in His Presence by Benjamin Dube 

Best Engineered Album:

Into Dust/Waltz for Jozi by Peter Auret 

Best Classical Album:

Andaluza - Music of Spain III by James Grace

Female Artist of the Year:

Ami Faku for Imali

Best Produced Music Video:

Fetch Your Life by Ofentse Mwase

Music Video Of The Year:

Jika by AKA featuring Yanga Chief 

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Compiled by Nikita Coetzee