Black Coffee stamped his authority on the local music scene when he walked away with an impressive five nods at the #SAMA25 nominee announcement.

The internationally acclaimed DJ’s album Music is King secured him spots in Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Best Dance Album. He also scored a double nomination in the Collaboration of the Year award, first for Drive featuring David Guetta and Delilah Montagu and second for Wish You Were Here featuring Asanda Lusaseni-Mvana.

For their 25th year, the SAMAs ‘returned home’ to their cradle at the Alberton Civic Theatre, east of Johannesburg where they were first held in 1994. The night heavy with sentiment and nostalgia was hosted by the iconic Dosto Noge of Duku Duku fame and child star Hulisani Ravele and featuring some spectacular performances from SAMA Award winning musicians. The industry also came out in droves to place bets on who would be nominated and what a nail-biter it turned out to be.

Nhlanhla Sibisi, RiSA CEO congratulated the nominees: “This has been a great year of music. We are proud of this nomination list which we believe is a fair reflection of the artists who made a good impact in the industry and had music lovers entertained. The stage is set for a showdown as we start the countdown to Sun City for the final awards show. We salute all the nominees and send out best wishes to all.”

The theme for this year was revealed as #recognise. We recognise that this 25th year anniversary moment is bigger than any single artist, genre, award or song. We recognise that we are here because of all that has gone before:

The artists

The genres

The story of our Democracy

The soundtracks of our lives

We recognise the power of the moment where stand right now.

And we recognise the possibility of where we are going.

SAMA 25 Nominees list
   
Male Artist of the Year
Artist Name of Album
Anatii IYEZA
Black Coffee Music is King
Nakhane You will not die
Sjava Umqhele
Thokozani Langa Iyabuza Induna
   
Female Artist of the Year
Artist Name of Album
Busiswa Summer Life
Kelly Khumalo Unleashed
Lebo Sekgobela Umusa
Sho Madjozi Limpopo Champions League
Zonke L.O.V.E
   
Duo/Group of the Year
Artist Name of Album
Tshwane Gospel Choir The Next Revival
Spirit of Praise Spirit of Praise Vol.7
Ofeleba Hi & Low
Encore Segarona
Black Motion Moya Wa Taola
   
Album of the Year
Artist Name of Album
Black Coffee Music is King
Black Motion Moya Wa Taola
Sjava Umqhele
Vusi Nova Manyan-nyan
Zonke L.O.V.E
   
Newcomer of the Year
Artist Name of Album
Mlindo The Vocalist Emakhaya
Paxton This is me
Sho Madjozi Limpopo Champions League
Simmy Tugela Fairy
Sun-El Musician Africa To The World
 
Best Jazz Album
Artist Name of Album
Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane Closer to Home
Thandi Ntuli Exiled
Bokani Dyer Trio Neo Native
Tune Recreation Committee Afrika Grooves with the Tune Recreation Committee
Mandisi Dyantyis Somandla
   
Best Pop Album
Artist Name of Album
Jarrad Ricketts Break the Rules
Paxton This is me
Majozi Majozi
Tresor Nostalgia
Tholwana 2.0.1.5
   
Beste Pop Album
Artist Name of Album
4 Werke 4 by 4
The Rockets Sonskyn
Brendan Peyper Dis Nie Sonde Nie
Snotkop SOUS
Jan Bloukaas Lewe
 
Best Live Audio Visual Recording
Artist Name of Live Recording
Neyi Zimu Another Level of Worship
Krone Various Artists Krone 5
Jabu Hlongwane Crosspower Experience 3
Cassper Nyovest Fill up Orlando Stadium
Spirit of Praise Vol 7 Spirit of Praise 7
 
Best Maskandi Album
Artist Name of Album
Thokozani Langa Iyabuza Induna
Ofeleba Hi & Low
Sgwebo Sentambo Yekani Umona
Mbuzeni Ungishiyelani
Ichwane Lebhaca Imali Yesoso
   
Rest of Africa Artist
Artist Name of Album
Diamond Platnumz A Boy From Tandale
Kommanda Obbs Kommanda Obbs
Mr Eazi Lagos to London
Nixon Who We Are
Oliver Mtukudzi Hany’ga
Best Afro Pop Album
Artist Name of Album
Kelly Khumalo Unleashed
Mlindo The Vocalist Emakhaya
Simmy Tugela Fairy
Sjava Umqhele
Vusi Nova Manyan-Nyan
   
Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album
Artist Name of Album
Almero Maandag
Coenie de Villiers Pure Coenie
Douvoordag Die Avontuur
Jan Blohm Die Liefde Album
Refentse Liefdegenerasie
   
Best Reggae Album
Artist Name of Album
Black Dillinger Mavara is King
The Meditators Explosion
Ras Vuyo Diversion
Botanist Game Changer
Bongo Riot Next Levels
   
Best Hip Hop Album
Artist Name of Album
AKA Touch my Blood
Emtee DIY2
Jabba X #FGTBB
Kid X Thank Da King
Nasty C Strings and Bling
   
Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Artist Name of Album
Tshwane Gospel Choir The Next Revival
Khaya Mthethwa All About Jesus
Neyi Zimu Another Level of Worship
Ntokozo Mbambo Moments in Time
We Will Worship Seasons Volume 1
   
Best Dance Album
Artist Name of Album
DJ Fistaz Mixwell Summer
Sun-El Musician Africa To The World
Mobi Dixon 10 Steps Forward
Black Coffee Music is King
Black Motion Moya Wa Taola
   
Best Traditional Faith Music Album
Artist Name of Album
Lebo Sekgobela Umusa
Paul K Time of God Manifest
Sipho Ngwenya Intimate Worship Season 3
Spirit of Praise 7 Spirit of Praise Vol.7
Kholeka Your Word – Alibuyi Lilambatha Izwi Lakho
   
Best African Adult Contemporary Album
Artist Name of Album
Anatii IYEZA
Encore Segarona
Nathi Iphupha Labantu
Ntokozo Mbambo & Nqubeko Mbatha The Anniversary Project
Tabia The journey
   
Best R&B/Soul Album
Artist Name of Album
Kabomo All Things Red
Mlu A Day For The Universe
Lady X Love.Life.Complicated
Zonke L.O.V.E
Nicksoul Therapy
 
Best Kwaito/Gqom/Amapiano
Artist Name of Album
Busiswa Summer Life
Distruction Boyz It Was All A Dream
DJ Maphorisa Gqom Wave Vol.2
Sho Madjozi Limpopo Champions League
Spikiri King Don Father
   
Best Rock Album
Artist Name of Album
CrashCarBurn Headlights
Dan Patlansky Perfection Kills
Hellcats The Hex and the Healer
The Black Cat Bones Here is a Knife
The Parlotones China
Best Traditional Album
Artist Name of Album
Vhavhenda Cultural Group Tshianda Nguvhoni
University of Limpopo Choristers & Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra Africa Tivule
Tswelelang Cultural Dancers Motho Wa Me
Mzimkhulu Happy Boys Nqoba izitha
Candy Hupenyu Unenge Viri
Best Alternative Album
Artist Name of Album
Breindy and Matt Ruth Ave
Gabi Motuba-Tefiti Goddess of Creation
Jeremy Loops Critical As Water
Nakhane You will Not Die
Sannie Fox My Soul Got Stranger
   
Best Adult Contemporary Album
Artist Name of Album
Watershed Harbour
Roan Ash Whiskey to my Soul
Georgetown The Dog Show
Ard Matthews Impossible Machines
8 Misses Croon …Like never before
Best African Indigenous Faith Album
Artist Name of Album
Trust in Christ Ministries Elami Igama
The General Isitimela Amen Ezulwini
Ithimba Le-Africa Sesiphunyukile
In Zion of Christ Izinyembezi
Christ Worshippers Mass Choir Nkosi Ngiyakuthanda
Best Engineer
Artist Name of Album Name of Engineer
CH2 Starstruck Corneille Hutten; Michael ‘Nomad’ Ripoll; Steven A.Williams
Nasty C Strings and Bling Michael Themba Manitshana
Sjava Umqhele Mfanafuthi Ruff Nkosi
Hellcats The Hex and the Healer Paul Douglas Norwood; Craig Michael Hawkins; Richard Staub
Vusi Nova Manyan-nyan Robin Walsh
Remix of the Year
Artist Name of Song Name of Remixer
DJ Capital Skebe Dep Dep Kwesta, Kid X, Reason, Youngsta CPT & Stogie T
Prince Kaybee Club Controller Kabelo Motsamai
SPHEctacula and DJ Naves Bhampa DJ Regal Amapiano Remix
Zakes Bantwini Bang Bang Bang Kossi Emmanuel
Zakwe Sebentin Refiloe Maele Phoolo, Jabulani Tsambo; Lesego Moiloa; Senzo Mfundo Vilakazi; Ncazelo Mtolo
Collaboration of the year
Artist Song Collaborating Artist
Sun-El Musician Sonini Simphiwe Nhlangulela
Sun-El Musician Ntaba Ezikude Simphiwe Nhlangulela
Dj Sumbody Monate Mpolaye Casper Nyovest, Thebe and Vettis
Black Coffee Drive David Guetta; Delilah Montagu
Black Coffee Wish you were here Asanda Lusaseni-Mvana
Music Video of the Year
Artist Name of Music Video Name of Director
Bongeziwe Mabandla ft. Spoek Mathambo Bawo Wam Rick Joaquim
Jeremy Loops Gold Robert Smith
Mafikizolo ft. Jah Prayzah Mazuva Akanaka Mohau Mamafha
Sho Madjozi Huku Garth Von Glehn
The Parlotones Beautiful Life Michael Rix
Best Produced Album
Artist Name of Album Name of Producer
AKA Touch my Blood Kiernan Forbes; Mpilo Shabangu; Ayoola Agboola; Tumelo Mathebula; Ntokozo Mazibuko; Benn Gilbert; Tshegofatso Lehutso; Anathi Mnyango; Jeremy Makwe
Kholeka Your Word – Alibuyi Lilambatha Izwi Lakho Kholeka Aquilla Dubula
Mlindo The Vocalist Emakhaya Themba Sekowe
Nasty C String and Bling Nsikayesizwe Ngcobo; Sipho Dlamini; Collin Gayle
Zonke L.O.V.E Zonke Dikana