10 Bad things at the SAMA25 │ South African Music Awards 2019

10 Bad things at the SAMA25 │ South African Music Awards 2019

Sun city 01 June 2019 – At first glance the most anticipated evening in South African music industry looked promising. It was a night of high positive energy and glamour, even with the dodgy nominee’s list.  I for one was looking forward to a great show despite the obvious low budget production and the terrible combination of hosts, a definite red flag from the beginning.

Sbali was watching the usually disappointing broadcast on TV but I had a man on the ground in Sun City documenting every moment as it happens.

  1. I’m not even going to mention your favorite celeb’s terrible outfit. However, I was concerned about the chaotic and uncoordinated red carpet, a repeat of last year’s unprofessional horror.
  2. I get what they were trying to achieve but Bob Mabena and his Co-Host was an obvious bad choice, a true disaster. Made the awards seem unplanned and unbudgeted for. SA deserves better!!!
  3. I would talk about Bontle Modisele’s horrible make up but that’s for Precious Mcjane to do. I would like to be the one to tell everyone that someone isn’t cut out for TV presenting and I don’t know how she keeps getting these paying gigs.
  4. It got worse when Khuli Chana and Twasa took over… Who came up with this Idea? Should’ve just let Nomzamo Mbatha and Mpho Pops do the whole damn show.
  5. Khuli Chana’s ugly red jacked and that bow on his waist was truly disturbing to the eye. The outfit traumatized me so much I can’t recall a word he said.
  6. The awards lacked that Bonang quality and Somizi authenticity. It is good to give others a chance but let it be on merit and should be well deserved.
  7. The performance list sucked. The Ishmael performance was a disaster, a mess of note. It didn’t achieve what they were trying to convey. And what was Kelly Khumalo doing on stage… Huh? It was hard to watch her perform in her 1999 Durban July dress.
  8. Some awards still don’t make sense… like Sjava losing best male to Black Coffee and then winning best album against Black Coffee.
  9. And how the hell did Holly Rey win record of the year against the likes of Kwesta and his VurVai. Didn’t Lady Zamar receive highest airplay award?
  10. The shock of the night was when Spikiri won the best Kwaito/Qgom/Amapiano album. Felt like watching a live broadcast of the tender selection process.

Joyous Celebration Steals Night 1 of SAMA25

Popular gospel group, Joyous Celebration stood out on the night, walking away with the coveted Best Selling DVD and Best Selling Artist awards.

Cassper Nyovest and Black Coffee also accepted recognition in absentia on the first night. This was a fixture of the occasion since much of the A-list entertainment community did not attend the ceremony on Friday.

SAMA25: Complete Night 1 winners’ list

This is the complete list of winners on Night 1 of SAMA25:

BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

Ard Matthews – Impossible Machines

BEST AFRICAN ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

Nathi- Iphupha Labantu

BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

Nakhane – You Will Not Die

BEST R&B/SOUL ALBUM

Zonke – L.O.V.E

BEST REGGAE ALBUM

Black Dillinger – Mavara is King

BEST CONTEMPORARY FAITH MUSIC ALBUM

We Will Worship – Seasons Volume 1

BESTE KONTEMPORÊRE MUSIEK ALBUM

Coenie de Villiers – Pure Coenie

BEST JAZZ ALBUM

Bokani Dyer Trio – Neo Native

REST OF AFRICA AWARD

Diamond Platnumz – A Boy from Tandale

BEST LIVE AUDIOVISUAL RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Cassper Nyovest – Fill up Orlando Stadium – Robin Kohl

BEST COLLABORATION

Black Coffee feat. David Guetta and Delilah Montagu – Drive

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Jeremy Loops – Gold by Robert Smith

BEST PRODUCED ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Nasty C – Strings and Bling by Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, Sipho Dlamini and Collin Gayle

BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Vusi Nova – Manyan-nyan by Robin Walsh

REMIX OF THE YEAR

Zakwe – Sebentin by Cassper Nyovest, HHP, Blaklez, Kwesta and Musiholiq

BEST SELLING DVD

Joyous Celebration 22 All for You

BEST SELLING ARTIST

Joyous Celebration – Umoya Kulendawo

SAMRO/CAPASSO HIGHEST AIRPLAY COMPOSER’S AWARD

Lady Zamar -Collide

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The final night of the ceremony was a star-studded event that saw every deserving artist receive recognition for their artistic work.

Complete SAMA Night 2 winners’ list

This is the complete list of winners from Night 2 of the awards ceremony:

BEST AFRO POP ALBUM

Sjava — Umqhele

BEST KWAITO / GQOM / AMAPIANO ALBUM

Spikiri — King Don Father

BEST AFRICAN INDIGENOUS FAITH MUSIC ALBUM

Ithimba Le Africa — Sesiphunyukile

BEST TRADITIONAL FAITH MUSIC ALBUM

Spirit of Praise — Spirit of Praise Vol 7

SAMPRA HIGHEST AIRPLAY OF THE YEAR

Lady Zamar — Collide

SAMRO/CAPASSO BEST-SELLING DIGITAL ARTIST

Lindelani Mkhize, Mnqobi Nxumalo, Siphiwe Ngcobo — Thobeka Mahlangu

BEST HIP-HOP ALBUM

Nasty C — Strings N Bling

BEST ROCK ALBUM

Dan Patlansky — Perfection Kills

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

TKZEE

Mango Groove

HHP

BESTE POP ALBUM

Snotkop — Sous

BEST POP ALBUM

Tresor — Nostalgia

BEST DANCE ALBUM

Black Motion — Moya Wa Taola

BEST MASKANDI ALBUM

Sgwebo Sentambo — Yekani Umona

BEST TRADITIONAL ALBUM

Candy — Hupenyu Unenge Viri

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Sho Madjozi — Limpopo Champions League

DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Black Motion — Moya Wa Taola

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Sho Madjozi — Limpopo Champions League

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Black Coffee — Music is King

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Sjava — Umqhele

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Holly Rey — Deeper