South African Music Awards 2022: all the nominees

The announcement follows the release of the first batch of nominees in the Record of the Year, Music Video of the Year and SAMPRA Artist of the Year categories.

Zakes Bantwini is the most nominated artist this year with seven nominations. Other artists with multiple nominations include DJ Maphorisa, De Mthuda, Mobi Dixon, Msaki, Brian Temba, Sun-El Musician, Chymamusique and Khanyisile Mthetwa.

Below are the nominees:

album of the year

  • African Electronic Dance Music – Musician Sun-El
  • King of the Ghetto – Zakes Bantwini
  • It’s all you – Brian Temba
  • Music – Chymamusique
  • When Home Was Home – Mobi Dixon

Duo or group of the year

  • Ama Roto Vol.2 – Reece Madlisa and Zuma
  • Elephant in the Room – Watershed
  • Franco Prinsloo: Kruis Van Liefde – Franco Prinsloo and Vox Chamber Choir
  • Pangea – Wouter Kellerman and David Arkenstone
  • Wangikhulisa uMama – Shwi Nomtekhala

Female Artist of the Year

  • ‘Platinumb Heart Open’ – Msaki
  • ‘African Bird’ – Khanyisile Mthetwa
  • ‘Nkulunkulu’ – Kamo Mphela
  • “Pioneer” – Reign Afrika
  • ‘Trouble In Paradise’ – Shekinah

Male Artist of the Year

  • ‘African Electronic Dance Music’ – Musician Sun-El
  • ‘Ghetto King’ – Zakes Bantwini
  • ‘It’s All You’ – Brian Temba
  • ‘Music’ – Chymamusique
  • ‘When Home Was Home’ – Mobi Dixon

White Star Newcomer of the Year

  • Thapelo Lekoane – ‘Tapestry’
  • Khanyisile Mthetwa – ‘African bird’
  • 25K – ‘Pheli Makaveli
  • Ncebakazi Msomi – ‘The 34th Psalm’
  • Botanist M. Lamington – ‘The Shift’

best rock album

  • Dream of lighthouses – Steve Louw
  • Partypocalypse – Naked Springbok Girls
  • Revolution – Tim Parr
  • Boredom – Muse of Divinity
  • His Sacred – Albert Frost

Best Pop Album

  • Memories – Jeremy Loops
  • Movement – ​​Treasure
  • Trouble in Heaven – Shekinah
  • A Diary – Bonj
  • Don’t let go – Jacky Carpede

Best Pop Album

  • Yesterday Waar Ek Nou Is – Juan Boucher
  • Prisma – Janie Bay
  • Rugsak – Elandre
  • Niks Vergelyk – Posduif
  • Roekeloos – Rita Li

Best Adult Contemporary Album

  • Tapestry – Thapelo Lekoane
  • Where the Light Enters – Pat McCay
  • Elephant in the Room – Watershed
  • Brother – Jacob Swann
  • Platinumb Heart Open – Msaki

Best Contemporary Music Album

  • Al Die Ysters – Jan Jan Jan
  • Sangoma Sandilands and Jou Pa Se Posse Maanskyn – Neil Sandilands
  • Twintigeenentwintig – Jennifer Zamudio
  • Tome – Die Heuwels Fantasies
  • Woorde – Jodi Jantjies

Best African Adult Contemporary Album

  • Thetha Mama – He Who Sings
  • Camagu–Ntando
  • 2020 – Joe Nina
  • The Red March – Nomfusi
  • Cwaka – Mandisi Dyantyis

Best Alternative Music Album

  • The City of God and the Jungle Below – Daniel Baron
  • Night Talk – Lo-Ghost
  • Glow – Alice Phoebe Lou
  • Romance is Born – Anna Wolf
  • Child’s Play – Alice Phoebe Lou

Best R&B/Soul Album

  • Speak the truth – P. Postman
  • Arrival – Melleng
  • Curd – Joda Kgosi
  • It’s all you – Brian Temba
  • It is what it is – Mikhale Jones

Best Hip Hop Album

  • Father of Zen – Kid X
  • Phéli Makaveli – 25K
  • Today’s Tragedy, Tomorrow’s Memory: Mixtape – A-Reece
  • Logan–Emtee
  • B4NOW – Blxckie

Best Kwaito Album

  • Don’t Lose Sight – Sukiri Papa
  • Let The Dogs Lay Down – Simple Eugene
  • Kwaito Palette – Shisaboy
  • Ama Roto Vol.2 – Reece Madlisa and Zuma
  • Journey to Jozi – King Razo

Best Dance Album

  • Muzika–Miza
  • King of the Ghetto – Zakes Bantwini
  • Music – Chymamusique
  • When Home Was Home – Mobi Dixon
  • African Electronic Dance Music – Musician Sun-El

Best Traditional Religious Music Album

  • Vela Nkosi – Jumbo
  • In the beginning – Paul K
  • Sky Scroll – Puleng March
  • The Great Awakening – Takie Ndou
  • Shrubs of the Chronicle (Live) – Zaza

Best Contemporary Religious Music Album

  • My heart to him – Thabelo
  • Denga – Kingdmusic
  • Sacrificial Worship (Live) – Pulane Maphari
  • Find Me Singing – Lauren Cullen
  • The 34th Psalm – Ncebakazi Msomi

Best African Indigenous Religious Music Album

  • Ba Bosiu – Isaac and the mighty messengers
  • Re Kopa Go Wena Ramasedi – JTG Gospel Choir
  • Similapha Nkosi – NUZ Voices Of Joy
  • Ore Etele Mohloeki – The Development of Artist Harmony Singers
  • Swi Lava Yeso – Zion Iskhalanga Academy

Rest of Africa Awards

  • “Son of a Tribe” – Edgar Muzah (Zimbabwe)
  • ‘Karabo” – Vector from Malome (Lesotho)
  • Boyfriend’ – Ckay (Nigeria)
  • ‘If Orange was a place’ – Tems (Nigeria)
  • ‘Love and Isolation’ – Tay Iwar (Nigeria)

Best Traditional Album

  • Dlozified – Mkhanyakude
  • Dziya Fhirtana – Vha Venda Cultural Group
  • Tshihwilili Tshanga – Dr Mercy Masakona Madzivhandila
  • Mathotse–Tau Sebata
  • Hantam Kerfees – Klipwerf

Best Maskandi Album

  • Ziyashisa–Makhamnandi
  • Wangikhulisa uMama – Shwi Nomtekhala
  • Idaymani – Thokozani Langa
  • Phakathi Komhlane nembeleko – Udumakahle
  • Ivila Laselawini – Mzukulu

Best Jazz Album

  • At that time voices in volume – Herbie Tsoaeli
  • Music of my people – Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane
  • Story in a Frame – Jimmy Dludlu
  • Revision – Steve Dyer
  • Silence Please – McCoy Mrubata

Best Classical/Instrumental Album

  • Pangea – Wouter Kellerman and David Arkenstone
  • African bird – Khanyisile Mthetwa
  • It Takes Three – Charl Du Plessis Trio
  • Afrikaans–Scheppel
  • Franco Prinsloo: Kruis Van Liefde – Franco Prinsloo and Vox Chamber Choir

Best Afro Pop Album

  • iStiff – Mnqobi Yazo
  • New faces to old problems – Bonga Kwana
  • Sukulila–Cici
  • Amalobolo – Aubrey Qwana
  • Amagama – Nomfundo Moh

Better cooperation

  • ‘Imali’ – Karyendasoul and Zakes Bantwini ft. Nana Atta
  • ‘Osama’ – Zakes Bantwini and Kasango
  • ‘Wamuhle’ – Njelic and Boohle feat. From Mthuda, Chief Da Muziqal
  • ‘Zwivhuya’ – Makhadzi ft. Joe Delinger
  • ‘No Rainbow’ – Msaki feat. Da Capo

Best Music Video Produced

  • ‘Inhlupheko’ by Big Zulu – Edward (Gobi Beast) and Ofentse Mwase
  • ‘Reading’ by KO – Ted Magerman
  • ‘Mamezala’ by Mafikizolo ft. Simmy – Dale Fortune
  • ‘When House Was House’ by Mobi Dixon feat. Mariechan and JNR SA – Mabi Ntuli and Shona
  • ‘Finessin’ by AKA – Mninizo Sitho and Nhlanhla

Best Produced Album of the Year

  • Malome Vector Karabo – Bokang and Ndumiso
  • Platinumb Heart Open by Msaki – Neo Muyanga and Asanda
  • Vaughn Prangey’s Unknown Destination – Howard Bradley
  • Thetha Mama by He Who Sings – Sean, Keanan Leroy and Arthur
  • A World of Suicide by Kahn Morbee – Lycée Jacques du Plessis

Best Engineering Album of the Year

  • Candid by Moonga K – Greg Abrahams, Mike Zietsman and Vicente Espi
  • Ghetto King by Zakes Bantwini – Zakes Bantwini
  • Pheli Makaveli by 25K – Sibabalwe Andile Fiphaza
  • The City of God and the Jungle Below by Daniel Baron – Daniel Baron and Darryn Muller
  • It Takes Three by Charl Du Plessis Trio – Peter Auret

Remix of the year

  • Manyelo Dafro, Bassekou Kouyate and Da Capo – Ladon de Manyelo Dafro ft Basekou Kouyate
  • Lira and DJ Maphorisa – Feel Good by Lira
  • Sun-El Musician, Azana and Da Capo – Uhuru by Sun-El Musician and Azana
  • Da Capo – Josiah’s Mama From Disciple and Boohle
  • DJ Cleo – Gcina Impilo Yam by Bucy Radebe

best reggae album

  • He Crowned I Emperor – Skeleton Blazer
  • Pioneer – Reign Afrika
  • Hard to believe – Ras Canly
  • The Shift – Botanist M. Lamington
  • Ngatanngwe – Red I burn

Best Amapiano Album

  • Nkulunkulu–Kamo Mphela
  • Auti eSharp – Mas Musiq
  • Kwa Kwa – Sweet and sordid
  • Notumato – Young Stunna
  • President Ya Strata – Focalistic

Best Gqom Album

  • Khula – Bello No Gallo
  • Summer Banger – Dlala Thukzin
  • Best of the Best – T-Man
  • The Journey – Slenda Da Dancing DJ
  • Umshunqo Reloaded – Dladla Mshunqisi

Disc of the year

  • ‘Osama’ – Zakes Bantwini and Kasango
  • ‘Questions’ – Shekinah
  • ‘Mamela’ – Mi Casa
  • ‘Banyana’ – DJ Maphorisa and Tyler ICU feat. Daliwonga, Sir Trill and Kabza De Small
  • ‘Abalele – Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa feat. Friend Faku
  • ‘Adiwele’ – Young Stunna feat. Kabza De Petit
  • ‘Bopha’ – Mellow & Sleazy and Felo Le Tee feat. DJ Maphorisa, Madumane and Young Stunna
  • ‘Vula Mlomo’ – Exploit Musa Keys. Sir Trill and Nobantu Vilakazi
  • ‘Asibe Happy’ – Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa feat. Friend Faku
  • ‘John Wick’ – De Mthuda feat. Chief Da Muziqal and Sir Trill
  • “I’m With You” – Matthew Mole
  • ‘Umsebenzi Wethu’ – Busta 929 and Mpura feat. Zuma, Mr JazziQ, Lady Du and Reece Madlisa
  • ‘Black and White’ – Nasty C and Ari Lennox
  • ‘Izolo’ – DJ Maphorisa and Tyler ICU feat. Mpura, Daliwonga and Visca
  • ‘Phakade Lami’ – Nomfundo Moh feat. Sha Sha and Ami Faku
  • ‘Jola’ – De Mthuda feat. Sino Msolo
  • ‘Shine Your Light’ – Master KG and David Guetta feat. Acon
  • ‘Postcards’ – Jeremy Loops
  • ‘Ngathwala Ngaye’ – Kelly Khumalo feat. Mondli Ngcobo
  • ‘Right Now’ – Elaine

Music Video of the Year

  • ‘LiYoshona (main mix)’ – Kwiish SA feat. Njelic, MalumNator and De Mthuda
  • ‘Izolo’ – DJ Maphorisa and Tyler ICU feat. Mpura, Daliwonga and Visca
  • ‘Summer Yo Muthi’ – Diamond Blaq
  • ‘Phakade Lami’ – Nomfundo Moh feat. Sha Sha and Ami Faku
  • ‘Nkulunkulu’ – Kamo Mphela
  • ‘Jola’ – From Mthuda with Sino Msolo and Da Muziqal Chef
  • ‘Indlovu’ – DJ Zinhle feat. Loyiso
  • ‘Yini Sdakwa’ – ThackzinDJ, Tee Jay and Sir Trill feat. Dlala Thukzin, Nkosazana_ Girl, Rascoe Kaos, Moscow and Mpura
  • ‘S’bali’ – Intaba Yase Dubai
  • ‘Mamela’ – Mi Casa
  • ‘John Wick’ – De Mthuda feat. Chief Sir Trill and Da Muziqal
  • ‘Woza’ – Mr. JazziQ, Kabza De Small and Lady Du feat. Bohle
  • ‘Superman’ – DJ Stokie feat. Kabza De Small, YVK and Madumane Masterpiece
  • “Getting Late” – feat Tyla. Kooldrink
  • ‘Umuzi eSandton’ – Big Zulu Feat. Lwah Ndlunkulu
  • ‘Buyile’ – Khuli Chana feat. Tyler ICU, Stino Le Thwenny and Lady Du
  • ‘Ghanama’ – Makhadzi feat. Prince Benza
  • ‘Inhlupheko’ – Big Zulu feat. Mduduzi
  • ‘Chucks’ – YOUNOTUS and Mi Casa
  • ‘Mmapula’ – Busta 929 feat. Mzu M

SAMPRA Artist of the Year

  • bello no gallo
  • Haksul MUZIQ
  • fanie dick
  • AfroToniQ
  • Zion Agreement
  • A-Reece
  • Musa Keys
  • Msaki
  • Jennifer Zamudio
  • Millie Ngwalangwala
  • Rodger KB
  • Brandon Dhludhlu
  • Leite Hunter
  • NLite
  • Emtee
  • PressEe
  • Cece Vee
  • Young Stunna
  • Lady X
  • Makhadzi