Last night, 26 May saw the first night of SAMA23 taking place at Sun City.
The night belonged to Khaya Mthethwa. The former Idols SA winner picked up two trophies for his album The Dawn in the Best Contemporary Faith Music Album and Best Live Audio Visual Recording categories.
It was a good night for gospel as the late singer S’fiso Ncwane won the Best Selling Digital Artist for his album Ngipholise Nkosi; and gospel ensemble Joyous Celebration’s Joyous 20 DVD, earned them the Best Selling DVD gong.
The stage is set for a showdown between two of the most nominated artists as Kwesta and Amanda Black took home one award apiece. Kwesta triumphed in the Best Collaboration Award category with his monster hit Ngud’ while Amanda collected the Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album for her release Amazulu.
They go into the main awards show tomorrow night with four nominations each.
In a SAMA first, Nigerian reggae/dancehall singer Patoranking won the inaugural Best African Artist.
Other notable winners from tonight are Hugh Masekela for Best Adult Contemporary Album for No Borders; the young dynamic duo Soul Kulture for Best African Adult Album for Ngeliny’ilanga; and Nduduzo Makhathini with Umgidi Trio and One Voice Vocal Ensemble for Best Jazz Album for Inner Dimensions.
In the technical awards, Sjava’s Isina Muva won the Best Produced Album of the Year; Arno Carstens’ Aandblom took Best Engineered Album of the Year; while Best Music Video of the Year went to Miss Pru for Ameni.
Here is the full list of winners. The main awards show will be live on SABC 1 tonight at 8pm.
Best Adult Contemporary
- Hugh Masekela – No Borders
Best African Adult
- Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’ilanga
Best Alternative Music Album
- Native Young – Kings
Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
- Amanda Black – Amazulu
Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
- Khaya Mthethwa – The Dawn
Beste Pop Album
- ADAM – Hoogtevrees
Best Jazz Album
- Nduduzo Makhathini with Umgidi Trio and One Voice Vocal Ensemble – Inner Dimensions
Best Classical and/Instrumental Album
- Charl du Plessis Trio – Baroqueswing Vol. II
Best Traditional Music Album
- Dr Thomas Chauke Na Shinyori Sisters – Shimatsatsa No 34: Xiganga
Best African Artist
- Patoranking – Patoranking
Best Live Audio Visual Recording
- Khaya Mthethwa -The Dawn
- Kwesta – Ngud’
Best Music Video of the Year
- Miss Pru – Ameni
Best Produced Album of the Year
- sjava – Isina Muva
Best Engineered Album of the Year
- Arno Carstens – Aandblom 13
Best Remix of the Year
- Vic – Wena Wedwa (MusicCraftMAN Mix)
Best Selling DVD of the Year
- Joyous Celebration 20
Best Selling Digital Artist
- Sfiso Ncwane – Ngipholise Nkosi
Best Selling Album of the Year
- My Hart Bly In n Taal – Refentse
CAPASSO Best Selling Digital Download Composer’s Award
Sfiso Ncwane – Ngipholise Nkosi