2023 SAMAs: Full List Of Winners

By @MasechabaKganyapa on 11/19/2023 in Article

On Saturday evening, SAMA29 finally took place at the SunBet Arena at Time Square, Menlyn Maine.

Amapiano star, Kabza De Small was the biggest winner at the 29th South African Music Awards (SAMAs) last night for ‘Best Duo/Group of the Year’ alongside DJ Maphorisa; ‘Best Produced Album’; ‘Best Amapiano Album’, and ‘Best Kwaito Album’.

Together with the late AKA for ‘Male Artist of the Year’, 'Best Engineered Album' and 'Best Collaboration'. 

This is after K.O. opened up the stage by taking two awards for ‘The Most Streamed Song Of The Year Award’ and 'SAMRO’s Highest Airplay Composer Award’.

Though many of the artists were not around to collect their awards, the likes of DJ Maphorisa, Zakes Bantwini, Sjava, Elaine, Manana also scooped some awards, and the one that stood out for us is the ‘Best Hip-Hop Album’ award by Mashbeatz.

The awards ceremony took place in a last-minute collaboration with the inaugural Africa Fest in Pretoria after the KwaZulu-Natal government pulled out of hosting the event.

DJ Sabby and Nomalanga Shozi were the hosts of the event. Before the main event, they shared fun stuff and got people excited. Hope Mbhele and Thuthuka Mthembu were the hosts for the red carpet.

The ceremony featured performances from the likes of Kabza De Small, Mörda, Blxckie, Loatinover Pounds, Msaki, Alter Ego, 25K, Maglera Doe Boy, Makhadzi, Kamo Mphela and Uncle Waffles to name a few.


Female Artist of the Year

‘Lavish Worship’ – Ntokozo Mbambo

Male Artist of the Year

AKA - ‘Mass Country’ 

Duo/Group of the Year

DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small – ‘Scorpion Kings Live Sun Arena’

Album of the Year

Ntokozo Mbambo - ‘Lavish Worship’ 

Newcomer of the Year

Myztro – ‘2.0 Nkwari’

Best Engineered Album

‘Mass Country’ - AKA, Engineered by Robin Kohl & Itu

Best Dance Album

‘Asante’ – Mörda

Best African Adult Contemporary

‘Usiba Lwe Gazi’ – Nathi

Best Adult Contemporary Album

‘Dark Secrets’ – Louise Carver

Best Afro-Pop Album

‘Isibuko’ – Sjava

Best Alternative Album

‘On The Romance of Being’ – Desire Marea

Best Amapiano Album

‘KOA II Part 1’ – Kabza De Small

Best Classical/Instrumental Album

‘Fire Beast’ – Vox Chamber Choir & Franco Prinsloo

Best Collaboration

AKA feat Nasty C – ‘Lemons (Lemonade)’

Best Hip-Hop Album

‘This Is Religion’ - MashBeatz

Best Jazz Album

‘The Spirit of Ntu’ – Nduduzo Makhathini

Best Kwaito Album

‘Speak N Vrostaan’ – Kwesta & Kabza De Small

Best Maskandi Album

‘Umqhele neThawula’ - Khuzani

Best Pop Album

‘Seasons’ – Lloyiso

Best Produced Album

‘KOA II Part 1’ – Kabza De Small, Produced by Da Muziqal Chef, Mdu aka TRP, Stakev,

DJ Maphorisa, Felo Le Tee

Best Produced Music Video

Elaine – ‘Shine’, Directed by Jesse Ray Diamond, Produced by Shayna Gianelli

Best R&B/Soul Album

‘But Could The Moments in Between’ – Manana

Best Reggae Album

‘Unleashed’ – Blakka Yut

Best Rock Album

‘Kanniedood’ – Francois van Coke

Best Traditional Faith Album

‘The Overflow Gcwala Kimi’ – Dumi Mkokstad

Best Contemporary Faith Album

‘Lavish Worship’ – Ntokozo Mbambo

Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album

‘Toe Roep Ek Jou Naa’m – Jan Blohm & RynoVelvet

Best Traditional Album

‘African Queen 2.0’ – Makhadzi

Beste Pop Album

Jona – Bernice West

Remix of the Year

Mörda & Yallunder – ‘Ndinovalo’

Rest of Africa award

‘Sounds of Peace’ – Moreira

‘Sounds of Peace’ – Moreira Chonguiç

Best Gqom Album

‘Meeting With The King’ – DJ LAG

Best African Indigenous faith Album

‘Emmanuel’ ( Farewell to Phodiso Joel Kgaudi) - JTG Gospel Choir

SAMRO Highest Airplay Composer Award

‘SETE’ (feat. Young Stunna & Blxckie)

CAPASSO Most Streamed Song Award

‘SETE’ (feat. Young Stunna & Blxckie)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mandoza (posthumous), Ihhashi Elimhlophe, Gloria Bosman(posthumous) and Pops Mohamed.

International Achievement

Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini and Nomcebo Zikode.

Record of the year

'Stimela' - 2Point1

Music Video of the year

'Stimela' - 2Point1




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