Kwesta steals the sho w with the mo st awards at Sama23

The Witness - - LOFESTYLE & EN­TER­TAIN­MENT -

RAP­PER Kwesta left with an armlo ad of Sama stat­uettes on Sun­day at the Sun City Su­per­bowl, North West.

Ce­ment­ing his place as a hiphop f orce to be reck­oned with, Kwesta started his win­ning streak when he won the Best Col­lab­o­ra­tion Al­bum at the in­dus try awards, fol­lowed by Samro High­est Air­play of the Year, Sam­pra High­est Air­play of the Year, Best Rap Al­bum, Best Male Artist of the Y ear and Best Al­bum of the Y ear for his al­bum and hit sin­gle New­comer Amanda Black had an im­pres­sive run, pick­ing up two of the top five awards — New­comer of the Year and Best Fe­male Artist of the Year, adding to her sil­ver­ware the Best R&B/Soul/Reg­gae Al­bum award, mak­ing her a three­time Sama win­ner on her de­but al­bum.

Nasty C se­cured the much­cov­eted and pub­licvoted Record of the Year award with his song

Dance pair Black Mo­tion won the Best Duo/Group of the Year and Best Dance Al­bum. Dr Malinga snapped the Best Kwaito Al­bum award, while Vusi Nova se­cured the Best Afro Pop Al­bum tr ophy.

On the tr adi­tional front, Khuzani with his al­bum w on Best Maskandi Al­bum. And in the gospel stakes Spirit of Praise won Best Tra­di­tional Faith Mu­sic Al­bum, while the African In­dige­nous Gospel Al­bum went to Liv­ing in Christ Le­gends. The starstud­ded award show hosted by tele­vi­sion and ra­dio per­son­al­ity Somizi Mh­longo and co­me­dian Tumi Mo­rake also saw the in­dus­try pay re­spects to its own le­gends. Re­becca Ma­lope, Don Laka and Babsy Mlan­geni w ere hon­our ed with Lif etime Achieve­ment awards.

In­ter­na­tional so­prano Pretty Yende re­ceived the In­ter­na­tional Recog­ni­tion Award for her w ork in oper a ar ound the w orld. — Sup­plied.

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