The Full List of Winners at the 2016 South African Music Awards #SAMA22

The South African Music Awards (SAMAs) took place Saturday night at the Durban International Convention Centre. Hosted by TV stars Somizi Mhlongo and Thando Thabethe, the 22nd annual show,#SAMA22, featured performances by KwestaRiky Rick, AKA,Nakhane Touré and more.

Petite Noir took home the SAMA for Best Alternative Music Album for last year’sLa Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful. Moonchild Sanellywas also nominated in the Best Alt Album category.

Black Coffee walked away with three awards in addition to his already-announced International Recognition Award: Album of the Year, Best Dance Album and Best Engineered Album. And although hecouldn’t be there himself (he’s just embarked on a summer tour in the U.S. and Europe), his mom was there two accept two of the awards on his behalf. “I’m grateful to be in this position to take our music, culture and just our flag and fly it around the world” Black Coffee said in a video to his fans. “This message is for every kid in the township who thinks they don’t have what it takes. Trust your dopeness.”


23-year-old rapper Emtee took home three awards: Record of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Best Rap Album.

Big Nuz and Nathi won two awards each: Best Kwaito Album + Duo or Group of the Year for the Durban-based kwaito group and Newcomer of the Year + Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album for the “Nomvula” singer.

Check out the full list of winners below:

Record of the Year
Emtee – Roll Up

Album of the Year
Black Coffee – Pieces of Me

Duo or Group of the Year
Big Nuz – For the Fans

Female Artist of the Year
Zonke – Work of Heart

Male Artist of the Year
Emtee – Avery

Newcomer of the Year
Nathi – Buyelekhaya

Best Rock Album
Desmond & the Tutus – Enjoy Yourself

Best Pop Album
Tresor – VII

Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans)
Karlien van Jaarsveld – My Hartjie

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Judith Sephuma – One Word

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album
Elvis Blue – Êrens in die Middel van Nêrens

Best African Adult Album
Dizu Plaatjies & Friends – Ubuntu – The Common String

Best Alternative Album
Petite Noir – La Vie Est Belle/Life is Beautiful

Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
Nathi – Buyelekhaya

Best Rap Album
Emtee – Avery

Best Kwaito Album
Big Nuz – For the Fans

Best Dance Album
Black Coffee – Pieces of Me

Best Traditional Faith Music Album
TYGC Family – The Journey Begins

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Ntokozo Mbambo – Spirit and Life

Best Maskandi Album
Imithente – Ichakijana

Best Jazz Album
Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR Jazz Orchestra – One Night in the Sun

Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album
Wouter Kellerman – Love Language

Best Live Audiovisual Recording
Jimmy Dludlu – Live at Emperors Palace

Best Collaboration
Dbn Nyts ft. Zinhle Ngidi & Trademark – Shumaya

Best Music Video of the Year
Jack Parow & Freshly Ground – Army of One

Best Produced Album of the Year
Zahara – Country Girl (Producer: Robbie Malinga)

Best Engineered Album of the Year
Black Coffee – Pieces of Me

Best Remix of the Year
DJ Sliqe – Do Like I Do Remix

Special Awards:

International Achievement Award
Black Coffee

Lifetime Achievement Award
Roger Lucey
Nana Coyote
Bhekumuzi Luthuli

Best Selling Mobile Music Downloads

Best Selling Album
Nathi – Buyelekhaya

Best Selling DVD
Joyous Celebration – Vol. 19: Back to the Cross

Best Selling Music Download of the Year
Sfiso Ncwane – Bayede Baba

Best Selling Ring-Back Tone
Sfiso Ncwane – Bayede Baba

Best Selling Full-Track Download
Nathi – Nomvula

Sampra Highest Airplay of the Year Award
Dbn Nyts ft. Zinhle Ngidi & Trademark – Shumaya

Sampra Highest Airplay Composers Award
Dbn Nyts ft. Zinhle Ngidi & Trademark – Shumaya




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