Samas celebrates music #ForThaStreets with third instalment of the digital show

Yanga Chief
Yanga Chief
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  • The third instalment of the Samas was dedicated to music in the pop, hip-hop and kwaito domain.
  • Pre-recorded performances from Yanga Chief and Blaq Diamond were shared on the night.
  • Winners included, Dj Tira, Yanga Chief, Kurt Darren and Matthew Mole.


DJ Tira, Yanga Chief, Kurt Darren and Matthew Mole were some of the big winners on night three of the South African Music Awards.

The theme for the third instalment of the show was #ForThaStreets, honouring music from the pop, hip-hop and kwaito domain.

Yanga Chief and 25K opened the show in style with a pre-recorded performance that saw them cruising down the streets. Later on, in a garden setting, Blaq Diamond performed their track, Love Letter.

Taking the award for Best Kwaito Album was DJ Tira, while Mlindo the Vocalist was honoured as the Best Selling Artist for his debut album Emakhaya.

Yanga Chief made a return later in the show to accept the award for Best Hip Hop Album. He dedicated his win to his late father.

Dan Tshanda, who died in 2019, was the Lifetime Achievement recipient. His wife, Sylvia, and their three sons accepted the award, dedicating it to Dan's fans around the globe. 

For the second night in a row, Rebecca Malope joined Skhumba and DJ Ankletap as part of the My Muze reaction crew. Rebecca was a welcomed addition to the team, cracking jokes and keeping everyone laughing. Musician, Supta, also joined the team on the couch.

Voting for Music Video of the Year closed on Wednesday evening, but fans still have the chance to have their voices heard by voting for Record of the Year until Thursday night. 

See the full list of winners below:

Best Kwaito Album:

Ikhenani by DJ Tira

Beste Pop Album:

#Partytjiedier by Kurt Darren

Best Pop Album:

Ghost by Mathew Mole 

Best Hip Hop Album:

Becoming A Popstar by Yanga Chief

Best Selling DVD:

Volume 23 Live at CTICC by Joyous Celebration

Best Selling Artist: 

Mlindo the Vocalist for Emakhaya

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Dan Tshanda

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Compiled by Nikita Coetzee