Chymamusique, Khanyisile Mthetwa, Zakes Bantwini and Msaki win big at the #SAMA28

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The much anticipated South African Music awards took place last night, August, 28 at the exquisite Sun City, North West.

It was the 28th edition of the extravaganza, emerging on the 8th month at 8pm. The evolution of the revolution was the order of the day. The cream of the crop in the entertainment industry came out to play, dressed to the nines. Putting their best fashion foot forward.

Hosted by the gorgeous and multifaceted Nandi Madida and the powerhouse that is Lawrence Maleka who both did a stellar job. The two talented stars had the entire auditorium eating out of the palm of their hands.

Tik Tok sensation Alphi Sipho was the host for behind-the-scenes proceedings for the South African Music Awards Tik Tok page. He did not come to play. He came to slay. We stan this hardworking star.

Robot Boii and Mpho Popps knocked it out the park as co-hosts of the biggest music award show in the African continent.

The auspicious occasion kicked off on a very high note with a performance to write home about, Dj Tira, Dladla Mshinqisi, Njelic, Sino Msolo and Zakes Bantwini had us in our feels. What a time to be alive.

Mr Osama made a clean sweep, vanquishing the Samro highest airplay composers nod for his hit song “Osama” featuring Kasango.

He also clinched the coveted coke studio best collaboration gong.

An emotive tribute fit for a king – the fallen hero Ricky Rick left us reaching for our tissues. Stogie T, A-Reece Tshego, Raspy, Phantom Steeze, Shishiliza and Venom all hit the stage for the performance.

Riky Rick’s brother took the stage to perform the late rapper’s hit, Sidlukotini.

They all left no stones unturned paying homage to the legend, accompanied by his wife Bianca Naidioo.

“We don’t die, we multiply.” Ricky Rick’s famous words echoed in the background. His hit songs Sondela, Sidlukotini and Boss Zonke reminding us how we were robbed off our beloved Ricky.

Khanyisile Mthethwa won the newcomer of the year award for African bird, while Kabza de small and Maphorisa grapple the Capaso most streamed song of the year with their crossover hit Abalele featuring the talented, Ami Faku. The best duo/group gong went to Amaroto (Reece and Zuma) for their second album Amaroto V.2.

The best hip hop album nod went to a well deserving Blxckie for B4Now. Grammy award-winning superstar Black Coffee was the recipient of the international achiever award. The sought after producer and Dj is flying the South African flag so high on the global scene.

Janine Price, Takie Ndou, Nas voices and Dumi Mkokstad took us to church with their uplifting and soul soothing performances.

Ntando, Nomfundo Moh and Shekinnah did not disappoint. Their electrifying performances were showstoppers of note.

The three recipients of the coveted lifetime achievement nod were McCoy Mrubata, Joe Nina and Jimmy Dludlu, all so deserving of this mountainous moment and honour.

Young Stunna was awarded with the best Amapiano album nod for his debut masterpiece, Notumato.

Our vocal highness and one of the best song writers South Africa has to offer Msaki and rising star Lloyiso paid tribute to fallen heroes and who have sadly succumbed to their final resting places.

Makhadzi’s Ghanama took home the highly contested Tecno music video of the year nod, while the inaugural Tik Tok song of the year gong went to 9umba, Toss and Mdoovar for the hit single, umlando.

Mzukulu, Decapo and Mnqobi Yazo cemented the new age maskandi genre on the #SAMA28 stage. The Queen of Africa Makhadzi’s performance was the highlight of the award ceremony. #perfomanceofthenight

The Sampra artist of the year went to none other than Haksoul for Muziq. Best music video nod went to Mobi Dickson for when house was house. Male artist of the year went to Chymamusique, Msaki was presented with the female artist of the year gong.

The first part of the SAMA28 awards was held on August, 27 at Sun City and as scheduled, winners on some selected categories were announced.

Some of the winners of Night 1 include: Chymamusique for Best Dance Album for Musique, marking his very first award, Msaki won the Best Adult Contemporary Album for Platinumb Heart Open, Dladla Mshunqisi’s album Umshunqo Reloaded earned him the Best Gqom Album award, Amarato duo won the Best Kwaito Album for Ama Roto Vol.2, Sun-El Musician and Azana walked won Remix of the Year for Uhuru.

The biggest award of the night, Tecno record of the year nod went to Musa keys featuring Sir Trill and Nobantu Vilakazi for Vula Mlomo.

Chicco, Melo and Sleazy and Musa Keys concluded the evening with a performance dedicated to the #amapianototheworldmovement #revolutionofdance

Celebrating 28 years of world-renowned South African Music was the order of the day. Local is Lekker!!!

Congratulations to all the winners!!!

By Sinenzolo Mondi – Nduku