Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion, Shekhi­nah win big

The Sunday Independent - - News - HE­LEN HERIMBI

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

BRIGHT LIGHT: Shekhi­nah won three awards at the Samas.

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