Joyous Celebration, Shekhinah win big
SHEKHINAH went for rose gold and took home three statuettes from the 24th annual South African Music Awards (Samas) last night.
The singer-songwriter was the most nominated act at this year’s awards, with six nominations for her debut album Rose Gold.
But she was beaten by Joyous Celebration, who were the biggest winners on the night.
The gospel group won four awards, all of which were a direct result of sales.
Joyous Celebration won the Capasso best-selling digital download composer’s award, the best-selling DVD of the year award, the best-selling digital artist of the year award and the best-selling album of the year award for Joyous Celebration Volume 21: Heal Our Land.
While some acts were voted for by the public based on popularity – in cases such as the record of the year – the Samas’ judges cast their votes for the rest of the categories.
Sales awards mean the fans putting their money where their mouths are.
The glittering, televised ceremony took place at the Superbowl at Sun City.
Veteran host Somizi Mhlongo was the main presenter for the awards and shared the stage with Metro FM DJ and reality television star Dineo Ranaka and comedian Mpho Popps.
Shekhinah said she was thrilled to win newcomer of the year, female artist of the year and the album of the year awards.
Other artists who won three awards each include Sun-El Musician, for his collaboration with Samthing Soweto.
The duo produced the 2017 smash single Akanamali.
Sun-El won the Samro highest airplay composer’s award, best collaboration and the Sampra highest airplay song of the year awards. Mafikizolo also won three Samas. Afro-pop duo Nhlanhla Nciza and Theo Kgosinkwe released their album 20, to celebrate their two decades in the music industry. It was no surprise that they won the best Afropop album award.
They also took home the awards for duo or group of the year and best engineered album.
As at every awards ceremony, some category winners left the audience perplexed.
One such category was the best African artist album. The award went to The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience by Simphiwe Dana.
This was surprising because the category is designed to shed light on music from the rest of the continent, and if one looks at factors such as popularity, airplay, sales and performances, there are other artists in that category who seem to be more popular and are played in this country way more than Dana.
After all, she was up against Niniola for This Is Me, Zoe Modiga for Yellow The Novel, Moreira Chonguica & Manu Dibango for
M&M and Wizkid for Sounds from the Other Side.
This is not to say Dana doesn’t deserve the award as she is certainly in a league of her own
But music from the rest of the continent should be highlighted in this category.
Categories such as best kwaito album were rightly taken by Busiswa for her debut album Highly Flavoured.
This artist is one to watch and her career promises to have longevity in the music industry.
The best jazz album category was deservedly won by Nduduzo Makhathini for Ikhambi.
For the full list of the winners of the 24th annual South African Music Awards, visit www.iol.co.za
BRIGHT LIGHT: Shekhinah won three awards at the Samas.