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The 2007 SAMA Nominees

2007-03-12 12:53
Simphiwe Dana and Vusi Mahlasela look set to sweep the SAMAs - specially main categories like Best Artist and Album of the Year. They're old hands at this. And they certainly deserve their chances.

But it's not all about winning. It's also about exposure. Because the SAMAs are judged by experts in all genres, but publicised all over SA to music fans, the exciting depth and breadth of styles represented in this year's SAMAs has the power to educate and inspire music fans to explore new genres. Do you know what Maskandi is? And if you do, do you know the new crop who're taking over the reins from heros like Phuzekhemisi and Busi Mhlongo (our money's on Shwi in that category this year.)

You could also read a bit into the entries and the numbers of nominees. Is Mbhaqanga out of fashion? Is the presence of so many first-time nomines an indication that the SA music scene is booming? In the run-up to the awards, we'll be publishing a few articles about different music genres / SAMA categories and what they mean. We'll provide some music clips, so that you can hear what the music sounds like, and discover something new. There's nothing - and that means nothing - more amazing than finding a new kind of music that lifts your heart and makes you move.

In the meantime, have a look through the nominees, and let us know who you'd like to see win this year - you can post your comments on the message board at the bottom of this story. Best Female Artist

Maduvha - Maduvha
Rae - Kwenzekile
Simphiwe Dana - The One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street
Siphokazi - Ubuntu Bam
Vicky - Halleluyah

Best Male Artist
Bheki Khoza - Getting to Heaven Alive
Kabelo - Exodus
Musa Manzini - Simply Life
Paul Hanmer - Accused No.1 Nelson Mandela
Vusi Mahlasela - Naledi Ya Tsela

Best Duo/Group
Cassette - Welcome Back to Earth
Grassroots - African Moods
Mafikizolo - Six Mabone
Shwi No Mtekhala - Angimazi Ubaba
Trompies - Can't Touch This

Best Newcomer
Lesego - MyMusic
Lucas Senyatso - All of Me
Maduvha - Maduvha
Rae - Kwenzekile
Siphokazi - Ubuntu Bam

Album of the Year
Bheki Khoza - Getting to Heaven Alive
DJ Sbu - Y-lens Vol. 1
Simphiwe Dana - The One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street
Siphokazi - Ubuntu Bam
Vusi Mahlasela - Naledi Ya Tsela

Best Traditional Afrikaans Music Album
Klipwerf Orkes - Hantam Kwela
Boeremusiek Groot 5 - Banjo Volume 1
Die Grafsteensangers - Tannie met die Rooi Rokkie

Best Tsonga Music (XiTsonga) Album
Themba Chauke - Ntsena Volume 4
George Maluleke - Hirwele Makhomba No. 22
Matshwa Bemuda - Chom Na Chom No. 10
Doctor Sithole - Nghoma Ya Mundawu Vol.9
MD Shirinda - Gama Ra Nsele

Best Mbhaqanga Album
Soul Brothers - Into Yamahala
Bhekumuzi Luthuli - Inkinga Ngu R7
Thokozani Langa – Lishonil’ ilanga

Best Maskandi Album
Imithente - Ake Niyek’ Ukukhuluma
Ikhansela No Jbc - Ivila
Shwi No Mtekhala - Angimazi UBaba
Ovezuthanda - Ugandaganda
Izinsimbi - Ibhanoyi

Best Traditional Accapella Album
Ladysmith Abafana Bezamanani - Webafana Bami
Colenso Abafana Benkokhelo - Induku
Pongola Home Train - Inganono
King Star Brothers - Angethuswa Izigi

Best Instrumental Album
The Moreira Project - The Journey Vol 1
Paul Hanmer - Accused No.1 Nelson Mandela
Dna Strings - Live in Cape Town
Denzil Weale - Symphony On Fire
Wessel Van Wyk - Piano Favourites Vol 3

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Simphiwe Dana - The One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street
Lucas Senyatso - All of Me
The Moreira Project - The Journey Vol 1
Khaya Mahlangu - Khululeka
Ngwako - Ramelodi

Best Instrumental Jazz Album
Sizwe Zako & Friends - Sizwe Zako & Friends Volume 1
FourForty - Us + Them = 1
Paul Hanmer - Accused No.1 Nelson Mandela
Bheki Khoza - Getting To Heaven Alive

Best Vocal Jazz Album
Rae - Kwenzekile
Simphiwe Dana - The One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street
Estelle Kokot - Information

Best Adult Contemporary Album : English
Harris Tweed - The Younger
Johnny Clegg - One Life
Chris Letcher - Frieze
Laurie Levine - Unspoken
Just Jinjer - Just Jinjer

Best Adult Contemporary Album : Afrikaans
Chris Chameleon - 7de Hemel
Karin Hougaard - Hartstukke
Kurt Darren - Lekker Lekker
Amanda Luyt - Deel van my
Eden - Eden

Best Adult Contemporary Album : African
Mafikizolo - Six Mabone
Siphokazi - Ubuntu Bam
Musa Manzini - Simply Life
Vusi Mahlasela - Naledi Ya Tsela
Grassroots - African Moods

Best Urban Gospel Album
Not Just To People - Appreciation
Redeemed - Live in Soweto
Joyous Celebration - Joyous Celebration 10
Benjamin Dube - Eh Yaweh - Live
The Bala Family - Genesis

Best African Contemporary Gospel Album
Rebecca - Umthombo
Avante - Indumiso
Vicky - Halleluyah
S'nethemba - Ezenkolo
Hlengiwe Mhlaba – Jesu Uyalalela

Best African Traditional Gospel Album
Lusanda Spiritual Group - Ixilongo
Winnie Mashaba - Thola Ngwaneso
Solly Moholo - Ba Mo Kobile Kerekeng
Sipho Makhabane - Indawo
Jabu & Sipho - Send your Fire

Best Traditional African Accapella Gospel Album
Old Time Religion Quartet - Nkosi Ngiphe Ukholo
Amadodana Ase Wesile - Ke Na Le Modisa
Thulani Manana - Impi Kasathane
Blessings of Christ - Izono Zomuntu
Amadodane Ase Postile - Moya Oyingcwele
Best Pop/Rock Gospel Album
Jam On Tuesday - Scratching the Surface
MiC - Snapshot
Trusted Silence - Because of You

Best Kiddies Album: Afrikaans
Carike Keuzenkamp - Carike in Kinderland 4
Various - Kersfees vir Kinders
Steve Hofmeyr - Laaities & Ladies
Best Country Music Album
Die Campbells - Vat my Vas
Ray Dylan - Hokaai Stoppie Lorrie
Fredi Nest - Hey DJ

Best Rock Album : English
J – {Clo.sure)
Wonderboom - City of Gold
Chris Letcher - Frieze
Cassette - Welcome Back to Earth
Just Jinjer - Just Jinjer

Best Rock Album : Afrikaans
Fokofpolisiekar - Swanesang
Valiant Swart - Horisontaal
Carle van Deventer - Vyf Ster Suicide Hotel
Jan Blohm - Groen Trui
Albert de Wet - Dagboek van ’n Dromer

Best Alternative Music Album
Chris Chameleon - Shine
Lark - Razbliuto
The Sick-Leaves - Tunnel Vision
Martin Rocka - Through Sick and Sin
Prankster - Bravo

Best Pop Album : English
Jamali - Yours Fatally
NKD - Whats that Noise
Dr Victor - When Somebody Loves you Back
Danny K - This is my Time
Cassette - Welcome Back to Earth

Best Pop Album : Afrikaans
Kurt Darren - Lekker Lekker
Pieter Koen - Tattoo
Robbie Wessels - Halley se Komeet
Amor Vittone - Voluit
Eden - Eden

Best Pop Album : African
Mafikizolo - Six Mabone
Puleng - Thaba Tshoeu
Kelly Khumalo - Itshitshi
Lesego - Mymusic
Joe Nina - Travel the Gravel

Best Urban Pop Album
Maduvha - Maduvha
Morafe - A Ene: The Revelation
Jozi - Muthland Crunk
Lesego - MyMusic
Jamali - Yours Fatally

Best Dance Album : Afrikaans
Desmond Wells - Heeltyd Speeltyd
Kurt Darren - Lekker Lekker
Hi-5 - Versoeking
David Fourie - Kom hier na my toe
Ray Dylan - Hokaai Stoppie Lorrie

Best Urban Dance Album
Revolution - 4 U
Shana - Iyo Londaba
Dj Cleo - Eskhaleni Zone 3
Dr Duda & Dr M-bee - House Prescriptions
Dj Sbu - Y-lens Vol. 1

Best R&B/Soul Album
Noss - Versatile
Gugu Shezi – GuguLam'
Swazi Dlamini - Dance with me
Danny K - This is my Time
Claire Phillips - Say my Name

Best Rap Album
Proverb - Manuscript
Flabba - Nkuli vs Flabba
Zubz - Headphone Music in a Parallel World
Tumi - Music From my Good Eye
Tumi and the Volume - Tumi and the Volume

Best Kwaito Album
Kabelo - Exodus
Thebe - Tha Rocka
Sgonondo - Amadragon
L’vovo - Derango
Trompies - Can't Touch This

Best Music Video
Rolisizwe Nikiwe - Mafikizolo - O Tswa Kae
Marcell Mouton - Hip Hop Pantsula - Tlhabane yo Maftown
Lianne Cox- Lebo - Brand New Day
Claudio Pavan - The Parlotones - Dragonflies & Astronauts
Lara Hollis - Lira - Feel Good

Best Live DVD

Soweto Gospel Choir - Blessed Live in Concert
Ringo - Ringo Live 2
1st Project - Play it to Break it
Hugh Masekela - Live at the Market Theatre
Nicholis Louw - Rock Daai Lyfie Live

Best Compilation DVD
Deborah - Best of
Arthur - Best of Arthur
Ringo - Love Songs
Oliver Mtukudzi - Wonai
Mafikizolo - The Hits

Best Producer
Bheki Khoza (Simphiwe Dana - The One Love on Bantu Biko Street)
Lawrence Majiza (Siphokazi - Ubuntu Bam)
Ringo Madlingozi (Ringo - Ndim Lo)
Moreira Chonguica and Mark Fransmar (The Moreira Project - The Journey Vol 1)
Lloyd Ross (Vusi Mahlasela - Naledi Ya Tsela)

Best Engineer
Dave Segal (Lucky Dube - Respect)
Robin Walsh (Véronique - As I Am)
Lloyd Ross (Vusi Mahlasela - Naledi Ya Tsela)
Deen Gillan & Richard Mitchell (Khaya Mahlangu - Khululeka)
Dave Reynolds (Grassroots - African Moods)

The 2007 South African Music Awards bring a variety of new musical styles and talents into the public eye. Who are you rooting for?
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