Nathi crowned king of Sa­mas

Most peo­ple pre­dicted the Nomvula hit­maker would clean up last night, and he made the walk to the stage five times, while a host of other fan favourites from the past 12 months were also re­warded

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The SA Mu­sic Awards (Sa­mas) were hosted in Dur­ban for the first time last night, where Afro pop sen­sa­tion Nathi Mankanyi, thanks to his plat­inum-selling al­bum Buyelekhaya, emerged as the king of the SA Mu­sic Awards (Sa­mas) at the Inkosi Al­bert Luthuli In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. Nathi walked away with five awards at #Sama22 – for Best R&B/Soul/Reg­gae Al­bum, Best New­comer, Best Male Artist, Best­selling Full-Track Mu­sic Down­load (for his mon­ster hit Nomvula) and Best­selling Al­bum of the Year.

It’s been an in­cred­i­ble year for the Eastern Cape-born per­former, and his big night at the Sa­mas fol­lows his great night at the 2016 Metro FM Awards, which also took place in Dur­ban.

There, Mankayi took one of the big­gest awards of the evening – Song of the Year for Nomvula, as well as Best African Pop Al­bum for Buyelekhaya, along with R230 000 in prize money. He was over­whelmed at his clean sweep at the Sa­mas and thanked his fans for their sup­port since he re­leased his al­bum.

Su­per­star DJ Black Cof­fee was an­other big win­ner last night. He walked away with four #Sama22 tro­phies on the night – for Best Dance Al­bum, Best En­gi­neered Al­bum and Al­bum of the Year for Pieces Of Me (which fea­tures the hit Dance Again with Nakhane Touré). He also won an In­ter­na­tional Achieve­ment Award for his great run on var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional stages, which in­cludes the fa­mous Coachella fes­ti­val and a recog­ni­tion by Black En­ter­tain­ment Tele­vi­sion (BET) through a nom­i­na­tion in the BET Awards’ Best In­ter­na­tional Act: Africa Awards.

Rap­per Em­tee, who also had a great year, scooped the cov­eted Rap Al­bum of the Year for his de­but al­bum Avery.

The mu­sic cel­e­bra­tion was hosted by pop­u­lar chore­og­ra­pher, ac­tor, re­al­ity TV star and Idols judge Somizi Som­gaga Mh­longo, and ac­tress and ra­dio pre­sen­ter Thando Tha­bethe.

In true Dur­ban style, hun­dreds of fans showed up and lined the streets out­side the big con­ven­tion venue, hop­ing to see their favourite acts and shout­ing for them when they did. The beau­ti­ful Bo­nang Matheba was one of the red car­pet hosts, along­side Lunga Sha­bal­ala and her Metro FM co-worker Pearl Mo­di­adie.

Other big win­ners on the night were gospel star Sfiso Ncwane, who won three Sa­mas (with his smash hit sin­gle Bayede Baba) in the Best­selling Mu­sic Down­load, Best­selling Ring­back Tone, and the Ca­passo Com­posers’ Award for Best­selling Digital Down­load. This fol­lowed his Best Tra­di­tional Faith Mu­sic Al­bum cat­e­gory win at last year’s awards.

New­com­ers Dbn Nyts took home three awards for their mon­ster sin­gle Shu­maya. They won in the Best Col­lab­o­ra­tion, Sam­pra High­est Ra­dio Air­play Award and Samro Com­posers’ Award for High­est Ra­dio Air­play cat­e­gories.

Dur­ban favourites Big Nuz rep­re­sented their city and prov­ince by win­ning the Best Kwaito Al­bum and Best Duo/Group of the Year awards for their al­bum For The Fans. Em­tee con­verted one of his four #Sama22 nom­i­na­tions into a win in an­other fiercely fought cat­e­gory: Best Rap Al­bum.

Zonke took home the pres­ti­gious Best Fe­male Artist award, while two of her fel­low nom­i­nees in that cat­e­gory, Ju­dith Se­phuma and Za­hara (Rob­bie Malinga, pro­ducer), took home one award each for Best Adult Con­tem­po­rary Al­bum and Best Pro­duced Al­bum, re­spec­tively.

PHOTO: LUCKY NX­U­MALO

HIGH NOTE From left: Pearl Mo­di­adie, No­muzi Mabena, Bo­nang Matheba, Nakhane Toure, Katlego Maboe, Min­is­ter of Arts and Cul­ture Nathi Mthethwa and Nomzamo Mbatha

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