Here's the full list of #SAMA27 nominees

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Nomcebo Zikode is nominated alongside Sho Madjozi, Hle, Bucy Radebe and Reign Afrika.
Nomcebo Zikode is nominated alongside Sho Madjozi, Hle, Bucy Radebe and Reign Afrika.

This year’s Annual South African Music Awards (SAMA27) awards nominations came at the perfect time. South Africans have spent months inside due to the pandemic and need a little pick me up.

And their favourite stars getting nominated is certainly a boost. 

Taking centre stage is Amapiano sensation Kabelo “Kabza De Small” Motha with the most nominations after the SAMA27 finalists were announced tonight. 

His album I Am The King of Amapiano: Sweet and Dust proved to be prophetic as he walked away with nods in Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, and Best Amapiano Album.

Once Upon A Time in Lockdown, his collaboration with DJ Maphorisa (Scorpion Kings) also secured nods in Duo / Group of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best Amapiano Album bringing his tally to six nominations.

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Following the Sponono sensation is Sanele “Sun-El Musician” Sithole who proved his versatility, earning him Male Artist of the Year for the album, To The World and Beyond, Best Dance (To The World and Beyond), Best Live Audio Visual of the Year (A Journey To The World And Beyond); Best Produced Album of the Year (Tugela Fairy: Made of Stars by Simmy); and Remix of the Year (Sala Nabani).

Gospel singer Bucy Radebe took home four nominations for Sofn’ Free Female Artist of the Year, White Star Newcomer of the Year, Best Traditional Faith Music Album, and Best Live Audiovisual Recording of the Year for Spiritual Encounter. Bucy faces competition in the Female Artist of the Year with Reign Afrika (On The Frontline); Sho Madjozi (What a Life); Nomcebo Zikode (Xola Moya Wam’); and Hle (Your Kingdom on Earth) all in the running.

On the White Star Newcomer of the Year front, Bucy goes up against Xolly Mncwango (Jesus is Enough); Reign Africa (On The Frontline); BandaBanda & the Crocodiles (Africado); and Azana (Ingoma). 

Reggae vocalist Bongo Riot of former group Gangs of Instrumental earned three nominations for Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, and Best Reggae Album.

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RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi congratulated the nominees saying, they are delighted with the calibre of nominees for SAMA27. 

“This is a reflection of the music industry and the movers and shakers who made an impact in 2020/21, a very difficult period in which the industry had to deal with a crippling global pandemic. It was through music that life became bearable and for that, we thank our artists who continue to redefine, reinvent and reimagine their business.”

“We also wish to thank our hard-working panel of judges and the team at RiSA who facilitated the crucial judging process with great diligence and integrity. A special note of thanks to our sponsors and partners who have supported us this far. We extend our best wishes to all of the nominees and look forward to seeing who will emerge victorious in each category.”

Here is the full list of Nominees:

Album of the Year

Persistence – Bongo Riot

 The Healers: The Last Chapter – Black Motion

 Once Upon A Time in Lockdown – Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa (Scorpion Kings)

 I Am The King of Amapiano: Sweet & Dust – Kabza De Small

 Back to Love – Junior Taurus Duo / Group of the Year

 Ama Roto EP – Reece Madlisa & Zuma

 Musical Kings – MFR Souls

Once Upon A Time in Lockdown – Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa (Scorpion Kings)

 Shonamalanga – Mas Musiq & Aymos

 We Made It – Mi Casa 

Sofn’ Free Female Artist of the Year

 On the Frontline – Reign Africa

 Spiritual Encounter – Bucy Radebe

 What a Life – Sho Madjozi

 Xola Moya Wam’ – Nomcebo Zikode

 Your Kingdom on Earth – Hle 

Male Artist of the Year

 To The World & Beyond – Sun-El Musician

 Persistence – Bongo Riot

 I Am The King of Amapiano: Sweet & Dust – Kabza De Small

 For the Groovists – Oscar Mbo

 Back to Love – Junior Taurus

 White Star Newcomer of the Year 

 Jesus is Enough – Xolly Mncwango

 On the Frontline – Reign Africa

 Africado – BandaBanda & The Crocodiles

 Ingoma – Azana 

 Spiritual Encounter – Bucy Radebe

Best Rock Album 

 Chrome Neon Jesus – Ethyl Ether

 Here’s to the Now – Nathan Smith

 Orange Sunshine – Yum Yuck

 The Devils Cattle – Ruff Majik

 Nothing’s Gonna Change – Oooth 

Best Pop Album

 11:11 – Rowlene

 I Don’t Sleep – Jethro Tait

 Tribes & Angels - Locnville

Sugar – Mark Stent

 She – Amy Lilley

Best Pop Album 

 2021 – Die Heuwels Fantasties

 Die Toekoms is Synth – Synth Peter

 Twintig20 – Brendan Peyper

 Gewigloos – Juan Boucher

 Gemaklik Verlore – Christa Visser

Best Adult Contemporary Album

 In the Kingdom of the Aloes – amaFranx

 Repaired – Jack Atlantic

 Rise – Ndlovu Youth Choir

 Take Me To The River – Connell Cruise

 The South African Songbook – Kurt Darren & The Soweto Gospel Choir

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

 Wandel in my Woning – Refentse 

 Herverbeel – Die Heuwels Fantasties 

 Net Geleen – Bernice West

 Monumentaal – Ruhan Du Toit

 Spontaan – Riaan Benadê

Best African Adult Contemporary Album

 Umsebenzi – Sjava 

 Isambulo – 1020 Cartel ArtistsAmakhaya – Max - Hoba

Bamako – Simphiwe Dana

Buhlebendalo – Chosi 

Best Alternative Music Album

 Mania/Post Mania – Yellow House

 iimini – Bongeziwe Mabandla  Hot Mess – Evert Snyman

 Filth and Wisdom – The Medicine Dolls 

Ebusuku – Th&o

Best R&B/Soul Album

A Force To Be Reckoned With – Thando 

LANGA – Langa Mavuso Sindisiwe – LaSauce 

Small World – Ricky Tyler

Uhambo – Soul Kulture

Best Hip Hop Album 

4436 – Boity 

Nadia Naked II – Nadia Nakai Zulu With Some Power – Nasty C

POPSTAR – Yanga Chief

Zakwe & Duncan – Zakwe & Duncan

Best Kwaito Album

Sgubhu OverDoze – Lvovo & Danger

Endaweni – Darkie Fiction Don’t Lose Hope – Sukiripapa 

Bhut’Madlisa – Mampintsha 

Ama Roto EP – Reece Madlisa & Zuma

Best Dance Album

To The World & Beyond – Sun-El Musician

For The Goovists – Oscar Mbo Xola Moya Wam’ – Nomcebo Zikode

The Healers: The Last Chapter – Black Motion

We Made It – Mi Casa 

Best Traditional Faith Music Album

Project 17 – Chapter 2 - Worship House 

Buya Nkosi – Thinah Zungu  Spiritual Encounter – Bucy Radebe

Wathi Eloyi Eloyi – Sipho Makhabane

Izulu – Sneziey 

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

Devotion – Nqubeko Mbatha

Face 2 Face – Collen Maluleke Jesus is Enough – Xolly Mncwango

Your Kingdom on Earth – Hle 

The Promised Revival Part One – Tshwane Gospel Choir

Best African Indigenous Faith Music Album

Makhosi Akithi – Vuma Zion

Izwi Lakho – Mandlethu Gospel Singers Katlehong Gospel Choir Artist Development – Katlehong Gospel Choir Artist Development 

Sithembe Wena Nkosi – JTG Gospel Choir

Enyokumkhonza – Enyonini Mission Ministries

Rest of Africa Award

Unity Album – Buffalo Souljah

A Better Time – Davido  Made in Lagos – Wizkid 

Midnight Train – Sauti Sol

Songs in the Key of Love – Berita 

Best Traditional Album

Love and War – Henny C

What a Life – Sho Madjozi Angeke Bakuthande Boke – Smangele 

Shebeen Queen – Vusi Mahlasela

Ndavhuko – Vendaboy Poet

Best Maskandi

Amagupta – iChwane Lebhaca

Ziyangiluma Izinja - Phuzekhemisi Iqatha Eliziqobayo – Thokozani Langa

Banathi Shaqa - Imithente

Imfene Kamakhelwane – Abafana Baka Mgqumeni

Best Jazz Album 

Africado – BandaBanda & The Crocodiles

An Open Dialogue – Linda Sikhakhane iHubo Labomdabu – Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane

Modes of Communication: Letters From The Underworlds – Nduduzo Makhathini

Thandi Ntuli (Live at Jazzwerkstatt) – Thandi Ntuli

Best Classical/Instrumental Album

Live in Cape Town – Guy Battery & Derek Gripper

Imagine – Charles du Plessis Trio Live in Lisbon – Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Battery

Tek’o – CH2

We’ve All Known The Times – Wouter Kellerman 

Best Afro Pop Album

Ingoma - Azana

Molimo – Manu Worldstar  Ngumama – Vusi Nova

The Voice of Africa – Kelly Khumalo

Tugela Fairy: Made of Stars – Simmy 

Best Live Audio Visual Recording of the Year 

Your Kingdom on Earth - Hle

The Throne (Live Edition) - Presss Spiritual Encounter – Bucy Radebe

My Hart Klop Refentse – Refentse 

A Journey to the World & Beyond – Sun-El Musician

Best Collaboration

Uthando – Darque featuring Zakes Bantwini

Ek Like Hoe Jy Dans – Chê featuring Snotkop Mali Eningi – Big Zulu featuring Riky Rick & Intaba Yase Dubai

Senzeni - Mthandazo Gatya featuring Comado & DJ Manzo SA

Yehla Moya – Da Capo & Nduduzo Makhathini featuring Omagugu

Best Produced Music Video

Where is the DJ by Malumz on Decks featuring Khanyisa – Oscar Nyathi

Qhawe – Made to Create by Toya Delazy – Kyle Lewis & Vjorn Tucker Mamela by Mi Casa – Katya Abedian

Lucky Star by K.O – Adam Zackon & Dale Fortune

Hosh by Prince Kaybee featuring Sir Trill – Ofentse 

Best Produced Album of the Year

In the Beginning was the End by Manana – Manana & Noble

Ithemba by Luyolo – Marcus MC & Andy Keys Umsebenzi by Sjava – Delaydem, Ruff, Webmoms, Zadok &Vuyo Manyike

Tugela Fairy: Made of Stars by Simmy – Sun-El Musician, Claudio Wayde, Da Capo, Mpho Mohlolong

The Healers: The Last Chapter – Black Motion

Best Engineered Album of the Year

Swingle Bells by Jonathan Roxmouth – Adam Howard

Goodluck Upclose by Goodluck – Murray Anderson & Andrew Rawborn Isambulo by 1020 Cartel Artists – Mfanafuthi Ruff

The Second Coming by Kid Tini – James Smals, Kitie, Ron Epidemic & Tweezy

Inganekwane by Zoe Modiga – Papi Diretsi & Songo Oyama

Remix of the Year

Jerusalema – Kid Fonque

Ndanele - Dwson Sala Nabani – Sun-El Musician, Claudio & Kenza

Speak Lord – Sculpturedmusic 

Yehla Moya – Da Capo

Best Reggae Album

The Journey – Ras Canly

Persistence – Bongo Riot My Music – Freeky 

On the Frontline – Reign Africa

Empathy Riddim – Lavoro Duro

Best Amapiano Album

Musical Kings – MFR Souls

Back to Love – Junior Taurus I Am The King of Amapiano: Sweet & Dust – Kabza De Small

Once Upon A Time In Lockdown – Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa (Scorpion Kings)

Shonamalanga – Mas Musiq & Aymos

Best Gqom Album

We Don’t Play the Same Gqom – Que 

Make Cape Town Great Again – Mshayi & Mr Thela Isiqalo – DragerNation

InzaloYekwaito – Zinaro 

Idando Kazi – Babes Wodumo

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