The SAMAs are in Full Swingon March 19, 2012
The SAMAs are in Full Swing
The MTN South African Music Awards (SAMAs) have been running for 18 years and the prestigious event is returning to Sun City in 2012. The nominees were announced on 8 March 2012 in a press conference broadcast over live streaming. The event was held at Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg. The 18th Annual MTN SAMAs nominations were streamed live for the first time at:
And the Nominees Are
Zahara has received 7 nominations for her album Loliwe. These nominations included 3 in the Top 5 categories and one for MTN Record of the Year. The soul-house trio, Mi Casa, is close on Zahara’s heels with 5 nominations; 4 are for their debut album Mi Casa Music, and the fifth nomination is for the MTN Record of the Year for their track, These Streets.
You can see Mi Casa perform live at Sibaya Hotel and Casino on 30 April.
Another newcomer to the SAMAs is Kwa-Zulu Natal emcee, Zakwe, who’s in the running for 5 statuettes for Best Street Urban Album, Remix of the Year, Album of the Year, Make Artist of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.
Let the Judging Begin
A panel of well-known MTN South African Music Awards alumni announced the nominees. These stars included Loyiso Bala, HHP, Kabelo Mabalane, Solly Mahlangu, Kurt Darren, Ziyon Hamilton (Liquideep), Matshediso Mholo (Malaika), Greg Carlin (Zebra & Giraffe), Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse and Lira.
Randall Abrahams has His Say
Others involved in the announcement of nominees included Randall Abrahams , the CEO of MTN SAMA, and Serame Taukobong, the MTN SA: Chief Marketing Officer. Abrahams has said that the MTN SAMAs represent the highest accolade for achievement in the art of recorded music. This means that the awards capture the defining spirit of South African music and as a result, celebrates this talent and diversity.
Other nominees included highly accomplished songwriter and Afro-Soul performer, Zonke, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Good Luck and Taxi Violence. Shadowclub, who opened for Kings of Leon in 2011, are also in the running for the Best Newcomer of the Year.
Good Luck to All the Nominees
“MTN congratulates all the nominees of MTN SAMA 18 in their respective categories,” says Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN SA. “This is testament to the hard work and dedication that they have invested in crafting their art and we wish them the best of luck for the prestigious event.”
Voting is Officially Open
Don’t forget that voting is now open for the MTN Record of the Year. The public can cast their votes by sending an SMS with the letter of their favourite artist to 083 123 SAMA (7262) at standard SMS rates.