Zahara cleans up at 18th SAMAs

2012-05-01 08:04
Cape Town - Singer-songwriter Zahara won big at the main event of the 18th annual South African Music Awards, scooping five statuettes.

Zahara also opened the awards ceremony, held at Sun City on Monday, with her award-winning single, Loliwe.

Her album Loliwe won in the Best Smooth Urban Music Album, Special Award: Best Selling Album and Album of the Year categories.

The Eastern Cape-born artist was also named Newcomer of the Year as well as Female Artist of the Year.

Finally, the Best Collaboration SAMA went to Zahara featuring Georgy for Incwad'Encane.

Here is the full list of winners at the 18th annual South African Music Awards:

Best Alternative Album
The Dirty Skirts for Lost In The Fall

Best Kiddies Album
Wendy Oldfield for Singalong Kidz Volume 2

Best Smooth Urban Music Album
Zahara for Loliwe

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
The Plain Truth – We Are The Shining Ones

Best Classical and Instrumental Album
CH2 for Ping

Best Collaboration
Zahara featuring Georgy for Incwad'Encane

Best Jazz Album
Jimmy Dludlu for Tonota

Best Pop Album
Lloyd Cele for One

Best African Adult Album
Zonke for Ina Ethe

Best Rock Album
Shadowclub for Guns and Money

Best Traditional Music Album
Soul Brothers for Amaphutha

Best Traditional Faith Music Album
Solly Mahlangu for Mwamba Mwamba

Best Street Urban Music Album
AKA for Altar Ego

Best Sokkie Dans Album
Snotkop for Ek Laaik Van Jol

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Elvis Blue for Elvis Blue (2CD Special Edition)

Best Maskandi Album
Thokozani Langa for I-Protection Order

Best Kwaito Album
Big Nuz for Pound for Pound

Best Dance Album
Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music

Special Award:  Best Selling Album
Loliwe by Zahara

Special Award:  MTN Best Selling Mobile Music Download
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Newcomer of the Year
Zahara for Loliwe

Duo/Group of the Year
Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music

Male Artist of the Year
AKA for Altar Ego

Female Artist of the Year
Zahara for Loliwe

MTN Record of the Year
Mi Casa for These Streets

Album of the Year
Loliwe by Zahara


  • Sellwane Emily Cassendra Koaho - 2012-05-01 08:29

    Zahara worked very hard to win this awards...

  • kwaaito - 2012-05-01 08:50

    Zahara ke boss straight..., it is now time she buy herself a car and a house

  • Henry - 2012-05-01 08:54

    She might have won, but has she really got to benefit? (after some unpleasant reports, recently about her state of matter) the credits go to her bosses, She's just a maid that's all she is to them. Congratulations to TS Records, their money cow has served them well. Shame on her she'll cry for her talent, sooner or later.

  • pklass1 - 2012-05-01 09:10

    Damn good, for a new singer...!

  • Thandi - 2012-05-01 09:27

    Well done Zahara, keep it up gal. You have jst shown them the way gal.

  • Lindiwe - 2012-05-01 09:43

    Congrats Zahara.I wonder hw long is going to take for you to have your own place,car and money to support your family.Ntlantla and Tk God is watching u.U did the same to Ntando and others now its Zahara.Suckers of innocent peoples blood.

  • Terrence Shava - 2012-05-01 10:00

    So many sales, so many awards. Where the money @? Money talks, not awards.

  • buseka.adonis - 2012-05-01 10:54

    Congr and ell done to Zahare. Correction, she`s from the Eastern Cape and not Cape town

  • david.lebethe - 2012-05-01 11:26

    I walso wish to add to the chorus to congratulate the young girl. It proves that we have talent in this country. She is real a role model from up and coming ones, especially those from rural areas and outside a metropoli such as Johannesburg. However, reading from some comments above, it looks like she is not going to benefit anything material and her recording company will be racking all the monies. Isn't about time that our minister oif Arts and Culture should step in order to protect the interest of our artists while they are still enjopying the limelight? For, I believe, if he can't do it right now, tomorrow he will be crying foul about how our artists die poor and taking from public coffers to pay towards their funeral costs.

      dumisanii1 - 2012-05-08 12:42

      Congratulation gel u did it.,and plz don't bother yo self about what pple saying about u.....I luv u so much Dumsani in Hammarsdale unit 4 Aka maduma..

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-01 11:39

    I enjy cricket so with big 6's score. Nw Zahara wipes 6 awards, great grl.

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  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-05-01 13:23

    Well done Zahara - i look forward to hearing a lot more to come. Be proud and own what you have achieved - you worked hard and bring joy to many with your songs - that is priceless.

  • eugene.phefo - 2012-05-01 14:54


  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-05-01 18:15

    'Zahara wa itutula', lol. In my language it means she cleans up (in a way...)

      Ujaama - 2012-05-30 13:31

      Wrong lyrics dear Uloliwe wayidudula ga se go tutula lol

  • Irene - 2012-05-01 19:46

    Never heard of her.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-05-02 06:35

    Didn't watch the award show for the mere fact that I prefer award shows live. I don't understand how Mnet can broadcast the Oscar's live, yet SABC fail to do the same for events happening HERE. The buzz isn't there anymore if something is delayed. Like when I wanna watch the Grammys, I'll wake up at 3:30am and watch it live, instead of at night when Mnet rebroadcast it for everyone's sake.

  • Fredster - 2012-05-02 08:58

    Well done Elvis Blue

  • mlunghisigeorge.khosa - 2012-05-02 13:30

    Zahara is musica N she dsrvs cos she is the best N onlY the best win.Congrats

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