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Kabza De Small cleans up at the SAMAs and Blaq Diamond wins artist of the year

Kabza De Small
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By: Natasha Archary 

The 2021 SAMA awards took place virtually on Saturday, 31 July with amapiano hitmaker Kabza De Small walking away as the biggest winner with 4 SAMAs.

Pretoria-based DJ and music producer Kabza De Small’s collaboration with DJ Maphorisa as Scorpion Kings bagged them Album of the Year, Duo or Group of the Year and Best Amapiano Album for Once Upon A Time In Lockdown. His solo album I Am The King of Amapiano: Sweet and Dust earned him the Male Artist of the Year gong.

Hip-hop duo Blaq Diamond made history as the first outfit to ever be crowned Artist of the Year at the SAMAs.

Internationally recognised SA artist Master KG took home the SAMRO Composer Highest Airplay award that he shares with Nomcebo Zikode for the hit Jerusalema.

Bad news for Azana who featured on The Ultimate Kaya 959 Top 30 who was vying for the Newcomer of the Year award as that title went to gospel star Bucy Radebe who bagged two trophies, the White Star Newcomer of the Year and Best Traditional Faith Album for Spiritual Encounter.

Sho Madjozi proved scooped the Best Traditional Album and Sofn’free Female Artist of the Year.

 

Complete list of winners:

Artist of the Year Blaq Diamond

Record of the Year Keep it Together – Matthew Mole Music Video of the Year Price to Pay – Miss Pru featuring Blaq Diamond and Malome Vector

Album of the Year Once Upon A Time In Lockdown – Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa (Scorpion Kings)

Duo or Group of the Year Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa (Scorpion Kings) – Once Upon A Time In Lockdown

Sofnfree Female Artist of the Year Sho Madjozi – What A Life

Male Artist of the Year Kabza De Small – I Am The King of Amapiano: Sweet & Dust

White Star Newcomer of the Year Bucy Radebe – Spiritual Encounter

Best Rock Album Orange Sunshine – Yum Yuck

Best Pop Album Tribes & Angels – Locnville

Beste Pop Album Twentig 20 – Brendan Peyper

Best Adult Contemporary Album Rise – Ndlovu Youth Choir

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album Herverbeel – Die Heuwels Fantasties

Best African Adult Contemporary Album Amakhaya – Max Hoba

Best Alternative Album Iimini – Bongeziwe Mabandla

Best R&B/Soul Album Uhambo – Soul Kulture

Best Hip-Hop Album Zulu Man With Some Power – Nasty C

Best Kwaito Album Ama Roto EP – Reece Madlisa and Zuma

Best Dance Album The Healers: The Last Chapter – Black Motion

Best Traditional Faith Album Spiritual Encounter – Bucy Radebe

Best Contemporary Faith Album Your Kingdom on Earth – Hle

Best African Indigenous Faith Album Izwi Lakho – Mandlethu Gospel Singers

Rest of Africa Songs in the Key of Love – Berita

Best Traditional Album What a Life – Sho Madjozi

Best Maskandi Album kaMakhelwane – Abafana Baka Mgqumeni

Best Jazz Album Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworld – Nduduzo Makhathini

Best Classical/Instrumental Album We’ve Known All Times – Wouter Kellerman

Best Afropop Album Ngumama – Vusi Nova

Best Live Audio Visual Recording Journey to the World and Beyond – Sun-El Musician

Best Collaboration Mali Eningi – Big Zulu feat Riky Rick and Intaba yase Dubai

Best Produced Music Video Hosh by Prince Kaybee feat Sir Trill – Ofentse

Best Produced Album of the Year Umsebenzi by Sjava – Delaydem, Ruff, Webmoms, Zadok and Vuyo Manyike

Best Engineered Album of the Year Inganekwane by Zoe Modiga – Papi Diretsi and Songo Oyama

Remix of the Year Yehla Moya – Da Capo

Best Reggae Album Persistence – Bongo Riot

Best Amapiano Album Once Upon A Time in Lockdown – Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa (Scorpion Kings)

Best Gqom Album Inzalo Yekwaito – Zinaro

Lifetime Achievement Award Lebo M, Dr Lindelani Mkhize, PJ Powers

International Achievement Award Master KG

Best Selling Artist Mlindo the Vocalist – Emakhaya

Most Streamed Song You’re the One – Elaine

SAMRO Composer Highest Airplay Kgaugelo Moagi (Master KG) and Nomcebo Zikode – Jerusalema

Also read: King of Afro Dance, A-Star on The Ultimate Kaya 959 Top 30

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