Zakes Bantwini and Msaki top SA Music Awards nominees list

Versatile producer, DJ and musician Zakes Bantwini is in store for a big night at the 28th edition of these awards on July 31 after being nominated for seven awards. Photo: Supplied

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The nation’s most tired music awards show is back.

The nominees for this year’s SA Music Awards (Samas) were revealed on Tuesday and there don’t seem to be too many surprises on the list.

The organization boasted that it achieved record numbers of entries this year, while a few of the artists we featured last year made it through.

Versatile producer, DJ and musician Zakes Bantwini is in store for a big night at the 28th edition of these awards on July 31 after being nominated for seven awards.

Bantwini is nominated in the categories of Best Male, Best Dance Album, Best Engineering Album and the coveted Album of the Year and Record of the Year.

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The disinterested thing to do would be for the Samas to scrap holding the ceremony in Sun City and maybe spend more of that funding on cash prizes for artists.

Amapiano is the nation’s new flavor, but the Samas always show their love for gqom music… it’s lovely, really.

The amapiano class included Yung Stunna who had a memorable run. His album Notumato is on deck as is President Ya Strata of Focalistic.

Singer and songwriter Msaki also got the nod for Best Produced Album for her Platinumb Hearts offering. She could also win Female Artist of the Year, which would be another one to watch as heavyweights Kamo Mphela and Shekhinah await.

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The Best Produced Music Video category was a little odd as it featured AKA releasing what was by far their worst project to date, Bhovamania, but hey, that’s just for a visual treatment accolade.

The best hip-hop album of the year has already been won in the minds of some – Blxckie’s B4Now, who was arguably the hottest newcomer to the local rap scene. But, it has fierce competition from A-Reece and 25K.

Below is the list of nominees. Let us know what you think of this year’s Sama lineup.


Phumlani S Langa

Journalist