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2010 MTN South African Music Awards Nominees

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Award season is everywhere, including South Africa where April 16th & 17th, Johannesburg will be host to the 16th annual MTN SAMA Awards. The nominees were announced at a glitzy ceremony at Taboo Night Club in Sandton, Johannesburg last Thursday..& here are the nominees (drum roll please!)

Album of the Year

Big Nuz for Undisputed
BLK JKS for the album After Robots
Busi Mhlongo for Amakholwa Believers
Selaelo Selota for Lapeng Laka
Teargas for Dark Or Blue

Duo or Group of the Year

AKING for Against All Odds
Big Nuz for the album Undisputed
Jaziel Brothers for The Journey
Joyous Celebration for Volume 13 Live At The Mosaiek Theatre, Johannesburg
Teargas for Dark Or Blue

Female Artist of the Year

Busi Mhlongo for Amakholwa Believers
Camagwini for Emandulo
Lira for Live In Concert: A Celebration
Louise Carver for The Home Tour – Live
Thandiswa Mazwai for Ibokwe

Male Artist of the Year

Benjamin Dube for 16 June Commemoration Live
Black Coffee for Home Brewed
Chris Chameleon for Kyk Hoe Lyk Ons Nou
Ntando for Inqubela
Selaelo Selota for Lapeng Laka

Newcomer of the Year

Culoe de Song for A Giant Leap
Kyle Shepherd for Fine ART
Solly Mahlangu for the album Obrigado
The South African Youth Choir for the album Birth of the Sun
Tshepo Mngoma for People And Places

MTN Record of the Year

Change the World – Master Jam (w/ RJ Benjamin)
Consider Me – Prime Circle
Fairytale – Liquideep
Fort Knox – Goldfish
Free – Thembi Seete
Good Music – DJ Cleo
Heartbreak Street – Jesse Clegg
I Believe – Oskido
Ingoma – Thandiswa featuring Hugh Masekela
Juju – Black Coffee featuring Zakes Bantwini
Lesson Number 1 – Rhythmic Elements
Live my Life – Winnie Khumalo
Maybe – Loyiso
Mmatswale- Malaika
Mpitse – HHP
Nka Mo Dira – Nutty Nys (w/ Abe Molamu)
Nomalanga Mntakwethu – Zuluboy
Push me to the Floor – The Parlotones
Umlilo – Big Nuz featuring Tira
We Baba – Culoe De Song featuring Busi Mhlongo


Best Adult Contemporary Album: English

Blk Sonshine – Good Life
Dear Reader – Replace Why With Funny
Farryl Purkiss – Fruitbats & Crows
Laurie Levine – Living Room
Louise Carver – The Home Tour: Live

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Kevin Knott – Worthy
Proxy – The Call
Rivers Live – Love Never Fails
Scintillate – Sleeper
The Plain Truth – Only One God

Best Kiddies Album: English

Gcina Mhlophe – Songs And Stories Of Africa
Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom – Goggatjie Childrens Songs CD
Relebogile Mabotja & Erika Strydom – Stories From The Alphabet Tree Volume 1

Best Rock Album: English

aKING – Against All Odds
Cassette – Who Do You Trust
New Holland – Exploded Views
The Parlotones – Stardust Galaxies
Voodoo Child – Attack. Don’t Panic

Best Alternative Music Album: English

BLK JKS – After Robots
Hog Hoggidy Hog – Method To The Madness
Martin Rocka And The Sickshop – Its A Filthy Song But Someones Got To Sing It
Mix N Blend – Look Mom No Hands
The Black Hotels – Films For The Next Century

Best Pop Album: English

Axene – 16
Jerusha – Jerushalem
La Vuvuzela – In Stereo
Sasha-Lee – Sasha-Lee

Best Global Chart DVD

Dozi & Nianell – It Takes Two – Live At The Silverstar Casino
Lira – Live In Concert: A Celebration
Prime Circle – All Or Nothing Live
The Plain Truth – Only One God


Best Popular Classical Album

Daniel Rowland And Stellenbosch University Camerata – Vivaldi / Piazzolla Seasons
James Grace – Sevilla Music Of Spain II
Sterling Electric Quartet – Nova
The South African Youth Choir – Birth Of The Sun
TwoPianists – Brahms, Lutoslawski, Arensky & Copland

Best Instrumental Album

Carol Thorns – Fireflies In The Rain
CH2 – Orange Guitar
Guy Buttery – Fox Hill Lane
Kidofdoom – My Faith In War
Steve Newman – Flavour

Best Traditional Jazz Album

Anna Davel – Linger Longer
Brian Thusi – Nomakunjalo
Kyle Shepherd – FineART
Tutu Puoane – Quiet Now
Jazzing & Jiving – The Cape Town Sessions

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Adam Glasser – Free At First
Fundile Mdingi – Borrowed Gift
Ivan Mazuze – Maganda
Tammy – Just Jazz
Tshepo Mngoma – People And Places

Best Jazz/Instrumental/Popular Classical DVD

Kristel Birkholtz – The Sea In Spring
Ses Snare – Ses Snare Live @ The Performer Theatre
Wouter Kellerman – Colour Live In Concert


Best Music Video of the Year

Nicky Campos for Juju by Black Coffee Ft Zakes Bantwini
Morgan Dingle for Who Do You Trust by Cassette
Nick Roux for Gotta Keep It Going by Jozi
Brandon Oelofse for Double Cross by Psyfo
Francis Gavin & Jolyon Ellis for Push Me To The Floor  by The Parlotones

Best Producer

Theo Crous for Kyk Hoe Lyk Ons Nou by Chris Chameleon
Brian O’Shea for Fruitbats & Crows by Farryl Purkiss
HHP & Steve Raphadu for Dumela by HHP
Mix n Blend for Look Mom No Hands by Mix N Blend
James Bassingthwaighte & Jaydine Baron for Love That Music by Timothy Moloi

Best Engineer

Johan van Schalkwyk & Crighton Goodwill  for Stripped Down Soul’d Out by Garth Taylor
Ishmael Morabe & DJ Swami for On The Edge by Ishmael
Marius Brouwer  for On The Run by Jason Hartman
Howard Butcher  for Flavour by  Steve Newman
Robin Walsh  for Love That Music  by Timothy Moloi

Remix Of The Year

DJ Nutty Nys for K’zogo K’zogozogo (Summer Anthem) – Nutty Nys Remix by Deep Level
Protoculture  for Cruising Through – Protoculture Mix by Goldfish
Black Coffee for This Is How It Goes – Black Coffee Remix by  Goldfish
Bongani Fassie Partytime by Jozi
DJ Hypnosis  for 2 By 2 by Rhythmic Elements

Best Album Packaging

Merwe Marchand le Roux for Against All Odds by aKING
Craig Wells for Who Do You Trust by Cassette
Heath Dyer for Live In Concert: A Celebration CD by Lira
Caroline Hillary for Ibokwe by Thandiswa Mazwai
Matt Edwards for Whole Worlds by Tumi


Best South Sotho Music (SeSotho) Album

Koete – Tharisa Ea Matsoapo No.4
Letsoalo – Letabohile Letsoalo
Masweti – Masweti No.2 Re Kopa Khotso
Motsotuoa Mosenene – Lipabala Tsa Quthing No.4
Tau Ea Matsekha – Matsekha Grooves

Best Tsonga Music (XiTsonga) Album

Connie Chauke – Magevenga
George Maluleke – Siku Ramakumu
Hammy Chauke – Niwisisi
Mapfohlosela – Mr Hummer
Thomas Chauke – Shimatsatsa No 29

Best Venda Music (TshiVenda) Album

Ntshengedzeni Maligana – Mathada Vol. 2
Tshigomboza – Toduluso
Zozo & Sangere Superbeat – Mukovhe

Best Mbhaqanga Album

Abafana BakaMolo – Intombi Yegenge
Impumelelo – Isikweletu
Mthoko – Thambo Lami Leqolo
Oflende – Pajero
Umashwabana – Ithemba Lami

Best Maskandi Album

Izingane Zoma – Obama
Phuzekhemisi – Izindaba Zakho
Shabalala Rhythm – Isikweletu
Thokozani Langa – Inganekwane
Umgqumeni – I SMS

Best Traditional A Capella Album

African Cream Freedom Choir – Freedom Songs
King Star Brothers – Abanini Bemizi
Ladysmith Abafana Bezamanani – Ngane Yami
Thulani Shabalala Izimpande – Unity Is The Power
Usuthu – Halala 2010

Best Adult Contemporary Album: African

Bhudaza – Likhomo
Busi Mhlongo – Amakholwa Believers
Camagwini – Emandulo
Selaelo Selota – Lapeng Laka
Thandiswa Mazwai – Ibokwe

Best African Contemporary Gospel Album

Benjamin Dube – 16 June Commemoration Live
Jay – Worship Unlimited Vol. 1
Joyous Celebration – Vol. 13 Live At The Mosaiek Theatre, JHB
Solly Mahlangu – Obrigado
Spirit of Praise – Spirit Of Praise Vol 2

Best African Traditional Gospel Album

Hlengiwe Mhlaba – Hlala Kuye
Sechaba – Mangihamba Nawe
Sipho Makhabane – Ebenezer
Winnie Mashaba – Joang Kapa Joang
Worship House – Ikhaya Lami

Best Traditional African A Capella Gospel Album

Abalindi – Nguwe Nguwe
Amadodana Ase Postile – Ngihole Jehovah
Amadodana Ase Wesile – Jesu Wena Ungu Mhlobo
In Zion Of Julesburg Apostolic Faith Assembly In Zion – Se Ndzi Dyohile (Forgive Us Lord)
Thina Zion 1 – Phuthumani

Best Alternative Music Album: African

Candy – Siki (Five Cents)
Joe Nina – Unchained
KB – Ke Mosadi
Oliver Mtukudzi – Dairai

Best Traditional/African Adult Contemporary African DVD

Benjamin Dube – 16 June Commemoration Live
Joyous Celebration – Vol. 13 : Live At The Mosaiek Theatre, JHB
Solly Mahlangu – Obrigado
Spirit Of Praise – Spirit of Praise Vol 2
Worship House – Ikhaya Lami


Best Urban Gospel Album

Bongi & Collin – Makadunyiswe
Charisma – My Journey
Keke – In The Holy Of Holies
Kgotso – In The Beginning
Neville D – Songs Of Deliverance

Best Pop Album: African

Deborah – Uthando
Jaziel Brothers – The Journey
Maduvha – Africa
Malaika – Mmatswale
Ntando – Inqubela

Best Urban Pop Album

DJ Sox – House Party
Jozi – Wild Life
Kwela Tebza – Made In South Africa
Mxo – Sounds In Motion
Urban Reign – When It Rains It Pours

Best Urban Dance Album

Black Coffee – Home Brewed
Culoe De Song – A Giant Leap
DJ Cleo – Es’khaleni 6
Liquideep – Oscillation
Oskido – Oskido’s Church Grooves 8 & 9th Commandment

Best R&B/Neo-Soul Album

Brian Temba – Something Better
Byron Clarke – Self Inflicted
Ishmael – On The Edge
Mario Ogle – Can’t Stop Loving You
Nash Reed – Mercurial

Best Rap Album

HHP – Dumela
JR – Colourfull
Khuli Chana – The MotswakOriginator
Teargas – Dark Or Blue
Tumi – Whole Worlds

Best Kwaito Album

Big Nuz – Undisputed
Mzambiya – Still I Rise
Spikiri – Taking A Walk On The Wild Side
TKZee – Coming Home
Zola – Impepho

Should Big Nunz get “Album of the Year” since they did not last year? How about Best Rap Album, should it go to HHP? And why was ProKid not even nominated this year? So much heat in “Best Kwaito Album”, who do you think will win?….so many questions!

Please your comments below!

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  • Kotuledon Kucukandonyandis

    BIG NUZ all the way baby!

  • farai

    Hey Kotuledon,

    Yeah, lots of folks are betting on Big Nunz to scoop the Album of the Year SAMA award this year. This year should make for an interesting award show!


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  • lorraine

    Brian Themba rocks

  • http://n/a Thapelo Pelo

    How come Theo didnt get nominated?

  • Asanda

    Hope the durban boyz jst take everything!!! tired of jozi’s biasness. How can u have Jr and Teargas in the rap catergorie bt nt have Pro!!! With or without the award he is jst the best lyricist in the country and Jr and Teargas wont dare to dispute that.

  • http://webmail moriski@ uj mining

    ke dumela thata gore HHP will take best rap but equally dissapointed with PRO not being nominated.

  • phindile

    pro kid should be ther with HHP AND TEARGAS. Bt my vote still goes to big nuz. uyashisa ungawulokothi yes jong they rocked the festive season and they still rock. AYOBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA…………..

  • xolani

    lonyaka owase…..{qedela} big nuz am banking on u guys jst take atleast 4 awwrds pls! ezase…..

  • http://facebook lhani

    where is the queen of gospel

  • http://facebook lhani

    rebecca ukuphi when the nominies are buming

  • Lindelani

    Big nuz should win.But Im concerned by the criteria used for nominations.How do you justify the ommission of Pro in rap category.Pro has sold gold for his album Snakes & Ladders.His first single,Sekele,is the hottest around.What has Tumi done to deserve the nomination ahead of Pro.Don’t worry Pro,the snakes will try to bring down but use the ladders to your advantage and go up.Nevertheless HHP should win it.We will continue supporting you Pro.

  • pro kid

    why dont you guys put prokid on the nominee i mean he is the best at the moment remove hhp he is boring and put pro on dummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmies

  • kasiboy

    the best kwaito album must go to tkzee because in a pure sense bignuz does not do kwaito they are doing dance music even if we can listern between dj cleo mzimba shaker and umlilo thes no different

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  • http://N/A Sipho

    Why the qween of gospel maribs not nominated this year

  • http://N/A Sipho

    M happy as lng the best group joyous celebration is there ribs da qween is givin other ppl a chance

  • Cool guy

    Umlilo, weBIG NUZzy, Umlilo uyashis’ ungaw’lokothi. It’s obvious baf’wethu, actually bekumele ama Awards angabikhona dis year bavele bathathe konke banike nina. U deserve amaAwards plus amaBonus guyz. Niyabila.

  • Magaula Gijima

    I can’t believe that Tuks wasn’t nominated for Best Rap Album… Monopoly is the best Rap album ever put together by a south african. This is a disgrace. Big Nuz should easily walk away with best Kwaito.

  • Big Nuz

    The Big Nuz

    Ithink iyona edle Umhlanganiso. is Best Rapp At Mzansi

    Charles Dlamini
    Kwa Thengizwe

  • Zakhele

    Big nuz ezase afro

  • Andiswa Cebekhulu

    ezase afro zihamba zodwa le sama eyaseDurban

  • Jobe

    I sms iyona.we all know the fact

  • Banele

    Big nuz has many fans he wl take the award i dnt dout its true

  • shakes

    how do u guys nominate?y is P.R.O not on the rap category,i mean since 4rm last year,phela P.R.O is da dopest rapper in SA,pity people hu nominate doesnt c him dat way,nd that sucks big time,as 4 kwaito,i dnt thnk big nuz is doin kwaito,anyway gudluck to dem

  • shakes

    coming home is da best kwaito album no doubt,TKZ deserves dat award,nd Black Coffee deserves da best urban dance album,we tired of hearin HHP as if hes da only SA rapper alive,bt TEARGAS worked too hard on DARK or BLUE,SAMA’s are Boring sincewel u ppl nominate hueva u think is da best,i hope today u wil make us Fans happy by being fair,

  • Thato Mdlalose

    Big Nuz … UNDISPUTED FOR SURE!!!this guys rocked mzansi from all four cardinal points. Nine provinces were in fire with EZASE AFRO well done guys u ve already got my votes …Best Album of the year, Duo group of the year & MTN Record of the year!!!! Well done you deserve it!

  • Gcogco

    Gcogco says Big Nuz ezase Durban

  • nocy

    big nuz is the best, they deserve ths award, it wl be unfair if they dnt gt it

  • eric “General” khumalo

    i think Big Nuz had the smashing hits and they deserve it .AFROTAINMENT WASHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 304 Family

    Luvin oskido,liquid deep,cleo n culoe. Supa mix, it shows gore it was rehearsed

  • Thabo Motsaathebe

    M quite sure dt Big nuz s takin da award 4 record of da year.Ayeye umlilo….

  • sabelo nyathi

    what a mix by oskido and others that was music unleashed …..

  • sabelo nyathi

    home brewed ,home made ,home sounds ,super sounds ..great music …
    thank you BLACK COFFEE

  • http://google sakhe

    why did’nt pro kid bew nominated for hip hop album]’;

  • http://google masixole

    the mix by culoe ,cleo ,oskido,liqueed deep it was cracken the roof out there it was well done by those guys .The awards were less entertaining than in 2009 but those five guys u did a great thing out there show them that house music is made in S.A .

  • cindi

    Mara y people always have 2 win more than 2 awards I mean wouldnt it b fair if 1 person wins once? so that others may be given a chance 2 atleast walk away with one award MARA

  • Collinstixx

    mshasho wil bring the kwaito award home…….namibia

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  • Bookings1

    no !