21st Annual South African Music Awards, 2015

The 21st Annual South African Music Awards, promoted under the title South African Music Awards XXI (SAMA XXI), are an annual award ceremony organized by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA). The ceremony presents accolades to members of the South African Music Industry. The 2015 edition will be held on April 19, 2015 at Sun City in the Bojanala District, North West, South Africa.

21st Annul South African Music Awards-SAMA XXI
Date April 19, 2015
Location Sun City
North West
South Africa
Edition 21st
Predecessor 20th
Successor 22nd
Host HHP
Director
Producer
Channel SABC 1
Most Nominations Beatenberg (6)
K.O (6)
Most Wins Beatenberg (6)

The South African Music Awards are an annual awards ceremony organized and carried out by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA).

The Awards recognize and honour excellence in the South African Industry.

The 21st edition of the South African Music Award follows the Mafikizolo dominated 20th Annual South African Music Awards which took place on Monday April 28, 2014 at Sun City Superbowl, City Resort, North West Province, South Africa.

Mafikizolo had reunited and released an album titled “Reunited” which earned them six (6) nominations in the open competition of that year and they went on to win five of of six – only losing the six award to themselves as they were nominated twice for Record of the Year.

Mafikizolo took their tally at the 20th Annual South African Music Awards to eight (8) by winning three special awards for their hit single “Khona”.

The main event for the 21st edition of the South African Music Awards is scheduled to take place on April 19, 2015 at Sun City Superbowl, City Resort, North West Province, South Africa.

The 21st edition is marketed as South African Music Awards XXI (SAMA XXI); the symbol, XXI, is a Roman numeral for twenty one (21).

The nominees for the 21st Annual South African Music Awards were announced on Thursday March 12, 2015 at The Rand Club in the city of Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

Kabelo Mabalane was the MC of that ceremony and number of artists as well as music industry insiders were in attendance.

The nominees announcement ceremony saw appearances from artists such as; AKA, Beatenberg, Kelly Khumalo, Kurt Darren, Zebra & Giraffe among others.

 

 

The Host

The 21st Annual South African Music Awards were hosted by legendary South African hip hop/ Motswako artist Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP).

HHP host of SAMAXXI HHP (real name Jabulani Tsambo) was unveiled on April 9, 2015 as the host of the 21st Annual South African Music Awards.

“That’s right: Hip Hop Pantsula (aka Jabba, aka Jabulani Tsambo) will be taking to the stage as the official host of the XXI South African Music Awards at Sun City, and he now has an extra alias to add to his list of nicknames: Agent XXI,” the South African Music Awards website reported.

“The internationally acclaimed Motswako rapper will be keeping the Superbowl audience and television viewers entertained between performances and awards presentations at the glittery ceremony, and what makes the occasion particularly special is that the Mafikeng-born musician will be doing so in his home province, the North West,” the report read.

HHP kicked off the show by doing a medley of some of South Africa’s most memorable songs of the year including covers of  Beatenberg, Cassper Nyovest, DJ Merlon and AKA.

Throughout the show he poked fun at a number of people including DJ Sbu who was fired from Metro FM fro promoting his energy drink, MoFaya, on stage during the 14th Annual Metro FM Music Awards.

 

 

The Ceremony

The 21st Annual South African Music Awards began with a performance by AKA, Duncan and Mdu Masilela of “Tsiki Tsiki Remix”.

Mdu Masilela and Duncan SAMAXXIAfter their performance HHP took to the stage as he was introduced, after sharing his thought and mocking Mamelodi Sundowns for their 5-0 defeat at the hands of Bloemfontein Celtic in mid-week (April 15, 2015) in the 2014/15 Absa Premiership he compliment Kaizer Chiefs supporters and mentioned Orlando Pirates.

He also did a medley of some of South Africa’s most memorable songs of the year including covers of  Beatenberg, Cassper Nyovest, DJ Merlon and AKA.

The legendary Kwaito group of the 1990s, Trompies, took to the stage to present the first award of the night, “Best Selling Album”, which went to Namibian born Riana Nel for “Die Regte Tyd”.

Botlhale Boikanyo and The Soil SAMAXXIThe Soil and winner of 2012 South Africa’s Got Talent winner, Botlhale Boikanyo, performed the group’s hit song, “Susan”.

HHP returned to the stage and highlighted the Xenophobia attacks which gripped South Africa particularly in the KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces of South Africa, he related a personal story, that of his grandfather who came to South Africa from Mozambique.

Kurt Darren and Simphiwe Dana performed.

Zama Ngcobo, Greg Carlin and Black Motion SAMAXXIUkhozi FM DJ Zama Ngcobo and Greg Carlin of Zebra & Giraffe presented Best Dance Album Award and Best Kwaito Album; the latter went to Professor who wasn’t present and Oskido accepted the award on his behalf.

Lerato Kganyago was introduced at the Amstel Green Room and conducted her first set of interviews with Black Motion and Oskido.

Fix Moeti and Rob Forbes followed to present “Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans)” and “Best Pop Album (English)”.

After those categories Loyiso Bala and Sifiso Ncwane performed; Lerato Kganyago carried out her second set of interviews.

Lvov Derrango and Qadasi SAMAXXI Qadasi (David Jenkins), L’vovo Derrango, K.O and Kid X performed in a once off special.

After “Best Traditional Faith Album” and “Best International Album” Prime Circle took to the stage followed by Cassper Nyovest who performed his smash hit, “Doc Shebeleza” appearing wearing an all white outfit.

Swatta Kamp took to the podium to present “Best Rock Album” and the highly contested “Best Hip Hop Album”; aKing took the former and K.O took the latter beating the widely tipped to win AKA and Cassper Nyovest as well as Duncan and Reason.

Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng, Mdu Masilela and the late † Zim Ngqawana were all honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

After all the recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards made their speeches Beatenberg performed.

Vuyo Dabula, Leatoya Makhene and Cassper Nyovest SAMAXXIVuyo Dabula and Letoya Makhene of SABC 1’s Generations took to the podium to present the category of “Newcomer of the Year” which went to Cassper Nyovest for his debut studio album, Tsholofelo and the category “Duo or Group of the Year” which went to Beatenberg for the debut studio album, The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg.

Lerato Kganyago interview winner of “International Achievement Award”, Wouter Kellerman as well as “Lifetime Achievement Awards” recipients Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng and Mdu Masilela.

All the music industry players who passed away between this edition and the previous one were remembered.

Pearl Thusi and Zulu Boy SAMAXXIPearl Thusi and Zulu Boy presented the category of “Best Female of the Year” which went to Buccie and the highly contested “Male Artist of the Year” which to AKA for his second studio album, Levels.

When HHP was announcing the pair that was going to present the categories “Best Female of the Year” and the “Male Artist of the Year” he initially said it was going to be Pearl Thusi and DJ Sbu before making a mockery of the latter’s MoFaya incident at the 14th Annual Metro FM Music Awards.

Ultimately Zulu Boy was introduced to present the awards with Pearl Thusi.

Jeremy Loops, Black Motion and Xoli M took to the stage to perform.

Lerato Kganyago interviewed Buccie and AKA; which concluded her participation at the 21st Annual South African Music Awards.

K.O accepting Record of the Year Award SAMAXXIThe category, “Album of the Year”, was presented by Danny K and Kabelo Mabalane and it went to Beatenberg for their debut album, The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg.

The pair also presented the highly sought after “Record of the Year” which went to “Caracara” by K.O ft. Kid X; the song comes from his debut solo album, Skhanda Republic.

Major League DJs closed the show by playing out with newly crowned SAMAXXI Record of the Year “Caracara” by K.O and Kid X.

 

 

The Green Room

Lerato Kganyago was the host at the Green Room; there he conducted interviews with the winners after they have accepted their awards.

Lerato Kganyago SAMAXXIThe Green Room did not feature prominently on live television as the most interviewees were those that won their awards during the live show.

Lerato Kganyago interviewed the likes of Black Motion, Oskido, Wouter Kellerman, Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng, Mdu Masilela, aKing, AKA and Buccie among others.

She came under harsh criticism on the social networking website, Twitter, for her preparedness and knowledge of music.

Most notably from the host of e.tv’s breakfast show Sunrise, Penny Lebyane, who had a wide range of criticism to level against Lerato Kganyago.

Penny Lebyane also suggested that when Lerato Kganyago called rapper AKA by his real name, Kiernan Forbes, she was trying to get personal.

Lerato Kganyago was also criticised for the brief interview with Best Rock Album Award winners, aKING, which went wrong from the onset.

 

 

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

At the 21st Annual South African Music Awards there were three Lifetime Achievement Awards recipients; Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng, Mdu Masilela and the late Zim Ngqawana †.

Mandla Spikiri (3rd from the left)SAMAXXIMandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng is a legendary South African musician and one the masterminds behind the birth of the Kwaito genre.

He is a close associate of music maestro Oskido, they produce together at Kalawa Jazmee Records and he is one of the directors there.

Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng is also credited as one of the founders of that record labels, his work include producing some of the most influential music in South Africa for the likes of Boom Shaka, Bongo Muffin, Alaska, B.O.P (Brothers of Peace), Professor Langa and Mafikizolo.

Mdu Masilela SAMAXXIMdu Masilela is another legendary South African Kwaito musician who is often referred to as the “Godfather of Kwaito”.

At the height of his career and popularity he had one smash hit after another and is perhaps best remembered for his hit song “Mazola”.

Mdu Masilela is among the men who led the Kwaito Revolution of the 1990’s and it has been reported that he started out the like of Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng and at one point they were in the same group.

Zim Ngqawana † is the South African flautist and saxophonist who spent some time overseas and attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied with jazz musicians Archie Shepp and Yusef Lateef.

Upon return to South Africa Zim Ngqawana worked with South African jazz musicians Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim.

 

 

In Memoriam

Eddie Zondi, Lulu Dikana, Nkululeko “Flabba” Habedi among many others.

 

 

 

Record of the Year

Record of the Year Category is based on a public vote
Record Artist Record Artist
Build It Up
Monark Pluto [Remember]
DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg
Busa Euphonik, Bob’Ezy & Mpumi Rafael Beatenberg
Caracara [W]
K.O ft. Kid X Rainbow Black Motion ft. Xoli M
Congratulate AKA Turn You On
Mi Casa
Easy to Love
Bucie ft. Heavy K Y-Tjukutja Uhuru ft. Professor, Oskido & DJ Bucks

Album of the Year

Duo or Group of the Year

Artist Album Artist Album
Beatenberg [W]
The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg Beatenberg [W]
The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Cassper Nyovest Tsholofelo Bittereinder Skerm
K.O Skhanda Republic Blackbyrd Home
Ringo Madlingozi Vulani McCoy Mrubata Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2
The Soil Nostalgic Moments The Soil Nostalgic Moments

Female Artist of the Year

Male Artist of the Year

Artist Album Artist Album
Bucie [W]
Princess of House (Easy to Love) AKA [W] Levels
Lulu Dikana I Came to Love Cassper Nyovest Tsholofelo
Maleh You Make My Heart Go Jimmy Nevis The Masses
Moneoa Ndim Lo K.O Skhanda Republic
Simphiwe Dana Firebrand Ringo Madlingozi Vulani

Newcomer of the Year

Best Rock Album

Artist Album Artist Album
Beatenberg The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg aKING [W]
Morning After
Cassper Nyovest [W] Tsholofelo Prime Circle Let the Night In
Duncan Street Government Reburn Majestic
Howie Combrink Eat It While It’s Hot Taxi Violence Tenfold
Jeremy Loops Trading Change Zebra & Giraffe Knuckles

Best Pop Album

Best Afrikaans Pop Album

Artist Album Artist Album
Beatenberg [W]
Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg Bobby van Jaarsveld Maak ‘n Wens
Jimmy Nevis The Masses Eden Nooit Oud Raak Nie
Monark Negatives Kurt Darren Lied Vir Die Vrou
The Kiffness Kiff Nadine Skildery
Toya Delazy Ascension Riana Nel [W]
Die Regte Tyd

Best Adult Contemporary

Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album

Artist Album Artist Album
Arno Carstens Lightning Prevails Adam Tas Want Jy Is Boer
Blackbyrd Home Chris Chameleon en Daniella Deysel Posduif
Howie Combrink Eat It While It’s Hot Dewald Wasserfal [W]
Ek en Jy
Josie Field S’bongile Dozi Hande Vol Genade
Joe Niemand [W]
Back Again Pieter Koen Wat Die Hart Van Vol Is

Best Traditional Music Album

Best Maskandi Album

Artist Album Artist Album
Botlhale Boikanyo [W]
Spoken Word & Music Abakamnyandu KoMalume
Brian Finch Living For Yesterday Amawele Ka Mamtshawe Mhla Uphelamandla
Imfez’emnyama Palesa Ichwane Lebhaca Ohulumeni
Impumelelo Isiporoporo Maqhinga Radebe I Facebook
Qadasi Uhambo Olusha Thokozani Langa [W]
Igema Lami

Best Jazz Album

Best R&B Soul Reggae Album

Artist Album Artist Album
Herbie Tsoaeli African Time Quartet in Concert Afrotraction [W]
For The Lovers
Kyle Shepherd Trio Dream State Lulu Dikana I Came To Love
Marcus Wyatt Maji in the Land of Milk & Honey MoNeOa Ndim Lo
McCoy Mrubata [W]
Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2 The Soil Nostalgic Moments
Nduduzo Makhathini Mother Tongue Vusi Nova Did It For Love

Best Rap Album

Best Kwaito Album

Artist Album Artist Album
AKA Levels L’vovo Derrango The Boss
Cassper Nyovest Tsholofelo Phi & Ginger Licence to Hustle
Duncan Street Government Professor [W]
University of Kalawa Jazmee Since 1994
K.O [w] Skhanda Republic Thebe Legend
Reason Audio High Definition Trompies Delicious

Best Dance Album

Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album

Artist Album Artist Album
Black Motion [W]
Fortune Teller
CH2 Guitar Duo Soos in die Ou Dae
Bucie Princess of House (Easy to Love) Charl du Plessis Trio Baroqueswing
Cuebur The Brand New Me: Soul Candi Sessions 2015 (Disc 2) Tony Cox Padkos
Da Capo Da Capo University of Pretoria Phoenix Camerata
DJ Clock The 4th Tick: A Clockumentary Wouter Kellerman [W]
Winds of Samsara

Best Traditional Faith Album

Best Contemporary Faith Album

Artist Album Artist Album
Andile Kamajola Chapter 6 Ujehova Ungibiyele Khaya Mthethwa The Uprising Limited Edition
Rebecca Malope Ama VIP Loyiso Bala [W]
Power Love Sound
Rofhiwa Manyaga Victory in the Blood Ndo Dlakadla Rhythm of Worship
Sfiso Ncwane [W]
Bayede Baba Tybelo He’s Alive
Worship House Live Project 11 Word & Life Worship Freedom

Best African Adult Album

Best Alternative Album

Artist Album Artist Album
Kelly Khumalo Back to my Roots Bittereinder [W]
Skerm
Maleh [W]
You Make My Heart Go Bye Beneco Space Elephant
Max-Hoba Traveling Man David Moffatt Mistress
Ringo Madlingozi Vulani Jeremy Loops Trading Change
Simphiwe Dana Firebrand Tailor Light

Best Live DVD

Best Music Video of the Year

Practitioner DVD Practitioner Music Video
Aubrey Peacock and Benjamin Dube Renewal in His Presence by Benjamin Dube Studio Space DJ Dimplez ft Dream Team and ANATII – Yaya
Ben Heyns Krone Live by Krone Izm Works Micasa  – Turn You On
Robin Kohl [W]
First Decade by Lira Ryan Kruger [W]
Prime Circle – Let The Night In
Aubrey Peacock, Benjamin Dube and Oupa Montshiwaga Spirit Of Praise Vol. 5 by Spirit Of Praise Kyle Lewis for In Defense Of My Art In Defense Of My Art by Tumi Molekane
Barry Pretorius Innibos is Groot 2014 “Live” by Various Artists Zakes Bantwini Zakes Bantwini – Ghetto

Best Producer of the Year

Best Engineer of the Year

Practitioner Work Practitioner Work
Lulu Dikana and Powella Tiemo I Came To Love by Lulu Dikana Brian O’Shea, Crighton Goodwill and Maruispopplanet [W]
Johnny Apple by Johnny Apple
Holidave KIFF by The Kiffness Dave Reynolds and Peter Pearlson The Light of Day by Dave Reynolds
Ewald Jv Rensburg Negatives by Monark Peter Auret Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2 by Mccroy Mrubata
Denholm Harding Let The Night In by Prime Circle Heritage Sound Let The Night In by Prime Circle
Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej [W]
Winds Of Samsara by Wouter Kellerman Jürgen von Wechmar, Rogan Kelsey, Ross Fink & Jaziel Sommers Ascension by Toya Delazy

Best Collaboration

Best Remix of the Year

Artists Song Artist Song
AKA ft. K.O [W] Run Jozi DJ Sbu and Robbie Malinga [W]
Indlela Yam by DJ Sbu & Mojalefa Thebe
Cassper Nyovest ft. Okmalumkoolkat Gusheshe Select Play Tsiki Tsiki Remix by Duncan
DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg Pluto Goldfish Goldfish Moonwalk Away (Goldfish Moon Landing Mix) Radio Edit
K.O ft. Kid X Caracara Heavy K Personal Paradise Remix by Heavy K
The Soil ft. Ladysmith Black Mambazo Hamba Uyosebenza Riky Rick Amantombazane by Riky Rick

Best Selling Mobile Music Downloads

Special Awards

Work Winner Award Recipient
Best Selling Album Die Regte Tyd by Riana Nel International Achievement Award Wouter Kellerman 
Best Selling DVD Vol. 18 One Purpose – Joyous SA Lifetime Achievement Award Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng
Best Selling Mobile Music Download Beatenberg and DJ Clock Mdu Masilela
Best Selling Ring-Back Tone Pluto – DJ Clock ft Beatenberg Zim Ngqawana †
Best Selling Full-Track Download Pluto – DJ Clock ft Beatenberg

SAMPRA Award

Award Recipient
Highest Airplay of the Year Pluto; DJ Clock ft Beatenberg

 

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