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Rappers rule at the XXI Annual South African Music Awards

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Hip-hop heavyweights Cassper Nyovest and K.O. lead the nominations for the South African Music Awards in its 21st year, with five nods respectively; the same number bagged by Capetonian pop trio Beatenberg.

The nominations for this year’s awards, branded #SAMAXXI as the event comes of age in a thrilling fashion, were unveiled during a press conference on Thursday, 12 March 2015, at The Rand Club in Johannesburg and will culminate in a star-studded party later the same evening at Cocoon Lounge in Sandton.

Nyovest is in the running for awards in the Best Rap Album, Best Collaboration, Best Album, Best Male Artist and Best Newcomer categories. Fellow rapper K.O., with two nominations for Best Collaboration, will be competing head to head with him in all these categories except Best Newcomer.

Making matters even more juicy is the fact that AKA and Duncan are also nominated for three major awards each, ensuring that the XXI edition of the South African Music Awards will be a highly competitive affair; a lip-smacking prospect for TV audiences who will be tuning in to watch the ceremony, broadcast live from Sun City, on SABC1 on 19 April.

South Africa’s newest Grammy Award winner, flautist Wouter Kellerman, is up for accolades in two categories: Best Classical/Instrumental Album and Best Producer.

For more information, visit and find the nominated albums at

• The XXI Annual South African Music Awards is organised by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA).
• The Kia Record of the Year (#KiaROTY) nominees will be announced on Live Amp on SABC 1, 13 March at 21h00 sharp.


Nominees for the XXI Annual South African Music Awards:

• Album of the Year
Beatenberg             The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Cassper Nyovest    Tsholofelo
K.O.                         Skhanda Republic
Ringo Madlingozi    Vulani
The Soil                   Nostalgic Moments

• Duo or Group of the Year
Beatenberg             The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Bittereinder              Skerm
BlackByrd                Home
McCoy Mrubata       Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2
The Soil                   Nostalgic Moments

• Female Artist of the Year
Bucie                       Princess of House (Easy to Love)
Lulu Dikana             I Came to Love
Maleh                      You Make My Heart Go
Moneoa                   Ndim Lo
Simphiwe Dana       Firebrand

• Male Artist of the Year
AKA                         Levels
Cassper Nyovest    Tsholofelo
Jimmy Nevis           The Masses
K.O.                         Skhanda Republic
Ringo Madlingozi    Vulani

• Newcomer of the Year
Beatenberg             The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Cassper Nyovest    Tsholofelo
Duncan                   Street Government
Howie Combrink     Eat it While it’s Hot
Jeremy Loops         Trading Change

• Best Rock Album
aKing                   Morning After
Prime Circle         Let the Night In
Reburn                 Majestic
Taxi Violence       Tenfold
Zebra & Giraffe    Knuckles
• Best Pop Album
Beatenberg           The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Jimmy Nevis         The Masses
Monark                  Negatives
The Kiffness          KIFF
Toya Delazy          Ascension

• Beste Pop Album
Bobby van Jaarsveld  Maak ’n Wens
Eden                           Nooit Oud Raak Nie
Kurt Darren                 Lied vir die Vrou
Nádine                        Skildery
Riana Nel                    Die Regte Tyd
• Best Adult Contemporary Album
Arno Carstens             Lightning Prevails
BlackByrd                    Home
Howie Combrink          Eat it While it’s Hot
Josie Field                   S’bongile
Niemand                      Back Again
• Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album
Adam Tas                    Want Jy is Boer
Chris Chameleon & Posduif
                                    Daniella Deysel
Dewald Wasserfall      #EkEnJy
Dozi                             Hande Vol Genade
Pieter Koen                 Wat die Hart Van Vol Is

• Best African Adult Album
Kelly Khumalo              Back to My Roots
Maleh                           You Make My Heart Go
Max-Hoba                     Travelling Man
Ringo Mandlingozi        Vulani
Simphiwe Dana             Firebrand
• Best Alternative Album
Bittereinder                   Skerm
Bye Beneco                  Space Elephant
Dassie                           Mistress
Jeremy Loops               Trading Change
Tailor                             Light
• Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
Afrotraction                   For the Lovers
Lulu Dikana                   I Came to Love
Moneoa                         Ndim Lo
The Soil                         Nostalgic Moments
Vusi Nova                      Did It for Love
• Best Rap Album
AKA                               Levels
Duncan                          Street Government
Cassper Nyovest           Tsholofelo
K.O.                                Skhanda Republic
Reason                           Audio High Definition
• Best Kwaito Album
L’vovo Derrango              The Boss
Phi & Ginger                    Licence to Hustle
Professor                         University of Kalawa Jazmee Since 1994
Thebe                              Legend
Trompies                         Delicious
• Best Dance Album
Black Motion                    Fortune Teller
Bucie                                Princess of House (Easy to Love)
Cuebur                             The Brand New Me: Soul Candi Sessions 2015 (Disc 2)
Da Capo                           Da Capo
DJ Clock                           The 4th Tick: A Clockumentary
• Best Traditional Faith Music Album
Andile KaMajola                Chapter 6 Ujehova Ungibiyele
Rebecca Malope               Ama VIP
Rofhiwa Manyaga             Victory in the Blood
S’fiso Ncwane                   Bayede Baba
Worship House                 Live Project 11
• Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Khaya Mthethwa               The Uprising (Limited Edition)
Loyiso Bala                        Power Love Sound
Ndo Dlakadla                     Rhythm of Worship
Tebello Sukwene               He’s Alive
Word and Life                     Freedom

• Best Traditional Music Album
Botlhale Boikanyo              Spoken Word & Music
Brian Finch                         Living for Yesterday
Imfez’emnyama                  Palesa
Impumelelo                         Isiporoporo
Qadasi (David Jenkins)       Uhambo Olusha  
• Best Maskandi Album
Abakwamnyandu                KoMalume
Amawele Ka Mamtshawe   Mhla Uphelamandla
Ichwane Lebhaca               Ohulumeni
Maqhinga Radebe              iFacebook
Thokozani Langa                Igema Lami
• Best Jazz Album
Herbie Tsoaeli                    African Time Quartet in Concert
Kyle Shepherd Trio            Dream State
Marcus Wyatt &                  Maji Maji in the Land of Milk and Honey
Language 12   
McCoy Mrubata    Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2
Nduduzo Makhathini           Mother Tongue

• Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album
CH2 Guitar Duo                 Soos in die Ou Dae
Charl du Plessis Trio          Baroqueswing
Tony Cox                            Padkos
University of Pretoria           Phoenix Camerata 
Wouter Kellerman               Winds of Samsara

• Best Live DVD
Benjamin Dube Renewal in His Presence (producers: Aubrey Peacock & Benjamin Dube)
Krone    Krone Live (producer: Ben Heyns)
Lira    First Decade (producer: Robin Kohl)
Spirit of Praise Spirit of Praise Vol. 5 (producers: Aubrey Peacock, Benjamin Dube & Oupa Montshiwagae)
Various Artists   Innibos is Groot 2014 ‘Live’ (producer: Barry Pretorius)
• Best Collaboration
AKA ft. K.O.                 Run Jozi
Cassper Nyovest ft.     Gusheshe
DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg   Pluto
K.O. ft. Kid X                    Caracara
The Soil ft. Ladysmith      Hamba Uyosebenza
Black Mambazo   
• Best Music Video of the Year
Alessio Bettocchi (director)  Yaya by DJ Dimplez ft. Dream Team & Anatii  
Mzi Kumalo (director)         Turn You On by Mi Casa
Ryan Kruger (director)                      Let the Night In by Prime Circle
Kyle Lewis (director)  In Defence of My Art by Tumi Molekane
Zakes Bantwini (director)  Ghetto by Zakes Bantwini
• Best Producer of the Year
Lulu Dikana & Powella Tiemo    I Came to Love by Lulu Dikana
Ewald Jansen van Rensburg   Negatives by Monark
Denholm Harding   Let the Night In by Prime Circle
David Scott    KIFF by The Kiffness
Wouter Kellerman &  Winds of Samsara by Wouter Kellerman
Ricky Kej
• Best Engineer of the Year
Brian O’Shea, Crighton   Johnny Apple by Johnny Apple
Goodwill & Marius Brouwer 

Dave Reynolds & Peter  The Light of Day by Dave Reynolds

Peter Auret    Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2 by McCoy Mrubata
Brendyn ‘Rusti’ Rossouw  Let the Night In by Prime Circle
Jürgen von Wechmar,   Ascension by Toya Delazy
Rogan Kelsey, Ross Fink
& Jaziel Sommers  
• Remix of the Year
DJ Sbu, Robbie Malinga        Indlela Yam by DJ Sbu
& Mojalefa Thebe
Select Play                              Tsiki Tsiki Remix by Duncan
Goldfish Moonwalk Away (Goldfish Moon Landing Mix) Radio Edit by Goldfish
Heavy K                                    Personal Paradise Remix by Heavy K
Riky Rick                                   Amantombazane by Riky Rick

Category winners to be announced at the awards ceremony:
• International Achievement Awards
• Lifetime Achievement Awards

• Best Selling Album
• Best Selling DVD
• Best Selling Mobile Music Download
• Best Selling Ring-Back Tone
• Best Selling Full-Track Download

• Highest Airplay of the Year

• The XXI Annual South African Music Awards are made possible with the generous support of official broadcast sponsor SABC1, Amstel Lager, official vehicle sponsor Kia Motors SA and event sponsor Sun International, supported by the National Department of Arts and Culture.

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