THE SOUTH AFRICAN Music Awards (Samas) 25th are on and there’s no stopping it- come high water!
Going down at the Sun City Complex, North West, on Saturday June 1, the awards bring together all and sundry, including the who’s who of entertainment sector.
Formidable 1990s TV couple Bob Mabena and Melanie Bala will host part of the ceremony, bring music and reflecting on memories of the era where they co-hosted the hugely popular TV music show Studio Mix.
Lesedi FM host Twasa Seoke join forces with NW born and hip-hop star Khuli Chana to relive 2000s local music.
Comedian Mpho Popps and actress Nomzamo Mbatha, complete the list of hosts for the evening.
Male Artist of the Year: Anatii, Nakhane Toure, Sjava
Female Artist of the Year: Busiswa, Lebo Sekgobela, Zonke and Thandi Ntuli, Kelly Khumalo.
Album of the Year: L.O.V.E, Zonke, Black Motion
Newcomer of the Year: Sho Madjozi, Mlindo the Vocalist and Sun-El
Duo/Group of the Year: Black Motion, Ofeleba
Best Maskandi Album: Thokozani Langa and Mbuzeni
Best Traditional Faith Album: Lebo Sekgobela, and Spirit of Praise
Collaboration of the Year: Producer Sun-El’s Sonini featuring Simmy and Black Coffee.
Best African Adult Contemporary Album: Nathi Mankayi, Anatii, Encore, Ntokozo Mbambo and Nqubeko Mbatha and Tabia.
Best Kwaito/Gqom/Amapiano Album: Distruction Boyz and Sho Madjozi.
Best Hip Hop Album: AKA- Touch My Blood
The awards will pay tribute to late rapper HHP, TKZee and Mango Groove for their role in developing music in the country.
SAMAs will be broadcast live on SABC 1 on Saturday at 8pm. The red carpet starts at 7.30pm.
Meanwhile, all eyes will be on the sought –after goodie bag valued at R17 000 each.
The total value of the bags to be handed out to presenters and performers is reportedly R2.2m.
The swag bags comprise of gadgets, fashion pieces and refreshing beverages. Damn- yours truly will not get his hands on any of the bags.
Image ( Trailblazer S’java has been nominated in the Male Artist of the Year category).