SAMAs 2023 NominationsSAMAs 2023 [Image: TK Mogotsi]

Late rapper AKA dominates the nominations for the 2023 South African Music Awards (SAMAs), securing a total of seven nominations for his posthumous album “Mass Country.”

ALSO READ: From Beyond The Grave| AKA Strikes Gold And Platinum With Mass Country

The Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA) unveiled these nominations at The Soweto Theatre in Jabulani, Soweto. Notably, the SAMAs will depart from their customary venue at Sun City and take place at the Durban ICC on November 17 and 18. Furthermore, KwaZulu-Natal is set to host the SAMAs for the years 2024 to 2026.

 

AKA Leads The 2023 SAMAs Nominations

AKA, born Kiernan Forbes, earned nominations in several categories, including Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Engineered Album, Best Collaboration (with two different songs), Best Produced Music Video, and Best Hip Hop Album.

Following closely behind is rapper KO with six nominations, while Sjava, Kabza De Small, and DJ Maphorisa also received significant recognition.

Gospel sensation Ntokozo Mbambo stands as the sole female nominee in the Album of the Year category, competing alongside AKA, KO, Sjava, and Kabza De Small.

Newcomer Sincerely Anne is making waves with three nominations in the categories of Newcomer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, and Best Engineered Album for her project titled “To Whom it May Concern.”

The eligibility period for this year’s nominations spans from February 1, 2022, to April 14, 2023.

 

The List Of Nominees

Please see below a comprehensive list of the 2023 SAMAs nominations:

Female Artist of the Year

  • Kelly Khumalo – From a God to a King
  • Ntokozo Mbambo – Lavish Worship
  • Sincerely Anne – To Whom it May Concern
  • Hle – Take Heart
  • Thandi Ntuli – Blk Elijah & The Children of Meroë

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Male Artist of the Year

  • Kabza De Small – KOA II Part 1
  • AKA – Mass Country
  • Sjava – Isibuko
  • K.O – SR3
  • Lloyiso – Seasons

Duo/Group of the Year

  • DJ Maphorisa and Visca – Ba Straata
  • Venom and Shishiliza – Love is Pain
  • Mafikizolo – Idwala
  • DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small – Scorpion Kings Live Sun Arena
  • Msaki and Tubatsi – Synthetic Hearts

Newcomer of the Year

  • Myztro – 2.0 Nkwari
  • Blakka Yut – Unleashed
  • Sincerely Anne – To Whom it May Concern
  • Lloyiso – Seasons
  • Venom and Shishiliza – Love Is Pain

Album of the Year

  • Mass Country – AKA
  • SR3 – K.O
  • Isibuko – Sjava
  • KOA II Part 1 – Kabza De Small
  • Lavish Worship – Ntokozo Mbambo

Best Engineered Album

  • To Whom it May Concern – Sincerely Anne (engineered and produced by Tjaart van der Walt and Daniel Baron)
  • Mass Country – AKA (engineered & produced by Robin Kohl and Itu)
  • Kanniedood – Francois van Coke (engineered & produced by Taylor Soundworks)
  • Blk Elijah & The Children of Meroë – Thandi Ntuli (engineered & produced by Shane, Tshepo, Thandi & Clinton)
  • Isibuko – Sjava, (engineered & produced by Ruff)

Best African Adult Contemporary Album

  • Celebrating African Song – Dumza Maswana
  • Smile – Choko
  • I am Gold – S’nazo
  • Usiba Lwe Gazi – Nathi
  • Ubuhle Ubuhle – Lethiwe Sithole

Best Alternative Album

  • Glitch Vol 2: The Future Is Now – uBeyond
  • Synthetic Hearts – Msaki and Tubatsi
  • Blue Lawns – The Great Yawn
  • Leaving All the Time – Bye Beneco
  • On the Romance of Being – Buyani Mcunu

Best Amapiano Album

  • Amukelani – Kelvin Momo
  • Ba Straata – DJ Maphorisa and Visca
  • 2.0 Nkwari – Myztro
  • KOA II Part 1 – Kabza De Small
  • Scorpion Kings Live Sun Arena – DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small

SAMAs 2023 Nominations
SAMAs 2023 Nominations [Image: djmaphorisa/Instagram]

 

Best Classical Album

  • Live in Europe 22 – CH2
  • Fire Beast – Vox Chamber Choir and Franco Prinsloo
  • One Night on Earth – Derek Gripper
  • Maike – Juliet String Quartet
  • Sanctuary – Carol Thorns

Best Collaboration

  • K.O, Young Stunna featuring Blxckie – Sete
  • AKA featuring Nasty C – Lemons (Lemonade)
  • DJ Maphorisa and Visca featuring 2woshortrsa, Stompiiey, ShaunMusiQ & Ftears & Madumane – Ba Straata
  • Mohigan Sun – Morda featuring Oscar Mbo and Murumba Pitch
  • AKA featuring Kiddominant – Company

Best Pop Album

  • Things We Don’t Talk About – Jimmy Nevis
  • Heard You Got Love – Jeremy Loops
  • Game Over – Tyler Page
  • Seasons – Lloyiso
  • Petrichor – Amy Lilley

Best Produced Album

  • KOA II Part 1 – Kabza De Small (producer: Leslie George Theko, Artwork Sound, Da Muziqal Chef, Mdu aka TRP, Stakev, DJ Maphorisa and Felo Le Tee)
  • Things We Don’t Talk About – Jimmy Nevis (producer: Darren Petersen)
  • Amukelani – Kelvin Momo (producer: Kelvin Momo)
  • Lindokuhle – Lindokuhle (producer: Mthunzi, Howard, Herc, Tshepo Morone, DJ Maphorisa, Masiano)
  • Isibuko – Sjava (producer: Delayde, Ruff, Jah Cool)

Best Produced Music Video

  • Lemons (Lemonade) – AKA featuring Nasty C (producer: Tebogo Mabaso; director: Nate Thomas)
  • Sete – K.O featuring Young Stunna & Blxckie (producer: K.O, Tsholofelo Moremedi, Ted Magerman; director: Ted Magerman)
  • Be Free – Desire Marea (producer: Will Nicholson; director: Imraan Christian
  • Been Thinking – Tyla (producer: Jimi Adesanya; director: Meiji Alabi)
  • Shine – Elaine (producer: Shayna Gianelli; director: Jesse Ray Diamond)

Best R&B Album

  • 4LUV (Deluxe) – Blxckie
  • But Could the Moments in Between – Manana
  • Germander II – FLVME
  • Bad Weather – Nanette
  • Passion Fruit – KABOMO

Best Reggae Album

  • Unleashed – Blakka Yut
  • Youth’s Cry – Botanist Mr Lamington
  • Red Carpet Live – Maximum Stylez
  • Flight More Riddim – Blackness Blue Productions
  • Healing – Lavoro Duro

Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album

  • Sing, Hoop, Weerklink – Prop
  • Skree Net Sag – Alter Ego
  • Ep In F – Herman Kleinhans
  • Jagvat – Jan Rhaap
  • Toe Roep ek jou Naam – Jan Blohm & Ryno Velvet
  • Katryn – Stefan Jansen

Remix of the year

  • Ndinovalo – Morda
  • Sete – K.O featuring Young Stunna, Oxlade & Diamond Platnumz
  • Hayii Citizen Deep Remix – Citizen Deep X Mzux Maen ft Yasmin Levy
  • Au dede – Karyendasoul
  • Tobesta Remake – Myztro featuring Focalistic, Daliwonga, Shaunmusiq and Ftears

Rest of Africa award

  • Sad Romance – Ckay
  • Timeless – Davido
  • I’m Alive – Sha Sha
  • Worry – Lyre
  • Dynastie – Ferre Gola
  • Sounds of Peace – Moreira Chonguiça

SAMAs 2023 Nominations
SAMAs 2023 Nominations [Image: shashaofficial1/Instagram]

Best Gqom

  • Meeting with the King – DJ Lag
  • Fikelephi – Sizwe Mdlalose
  • Love & Light – Cairo CPT
  • Nande 2.0 – DJ Sandiso
  • Ithuba – Newlandz Finest

Best African Indigenous faith

  • Emmanuel – JTG Gospel Choir
  • Mantswe A Supileng – Spiritual Gospel Choir
  • Ikhoni Mfuyo – In Zion of Christ
  • Ba Ya Mo Nyatsa – Wacha Mkhukhu Wachumlilo
  • Ntate Le Rato La Hao – Ingqayizivele Gospel Choir
  • Live in Europe 22 – CH2
  • Fire Beast – Vox Chamber Choir and Franco Prinsloo
  • One Night on Earth – Derek Gripper
  • Maike – Juliet String Quartet
  • Sanctuary – Carol Thorns

Best Collaboration

  • K.O, Young Stunna featuring Blxckie – Sete
  • AKA featuring Nasty C – Lemons (Lemonade)
  • DJ Maphorisa and Visca featuring 2woshortrsa, Stompiiey, ShaunMusiQ & Ftears & Madumane – Ba Straata
  • Mohigan Sun – Morda featuring Oscar Mbo and Murumba Pitch
  • AKA featuring Kiddominant – Company

Best Pop Album

  • Things We Don’t Talk About – Jimmy Nevis
  • Heard You Got Love – Jeremy Loops
  • Game Over – Tyler Page
  • Seasons – Lloyiso
  • Petrichor – Amy Lilley

Best Produced Album

  • KOA II Part 1 – Kabza De Small (producer: Leslie George Theko, Artwork Sound, Da Muziqal Chef, Mdu aka TRP, Stakev, DJ Maphorisa and Felo Le Tee)
  • Things We Don’t Talk About – Jimmy Nevis (producer: Darren Petersen)
  • Amukelani – Kelvin Momo (producer: Kelvin Momo)
  • Lindokuhle – Lindokuhle (producer: Mthunzi, Howard, Herc, Tshepo Morone, DJ Maphorisa, Masiano)
  • Isibuko – Sjava (producer: Delayde, Ruff, Jah Cool)

Best Produced Music Video

  • Lemons (Lemonade) – AKA featuring Nasty C (producer: Tebogo Mabaso; director: Nate Thomas)
  • Sete – K.O featuring Young Stunna & Blxckie (producer: K.O, Tsholofelo Moremedi, Ted Magerman; director: Ted Magerman)
  • Be Free – Desire Marea (producer: Will Nicholson; director: Imraan Christian
  • Been Thinking – Tyla (producer: Jimi Adesanya; director: Meiji Alabi)
  • Shine – Elaine (producer: Shayna Gianelli; director: Jesse Ray Diamond)

Best R&B Album

  • 4LUV (Deluxe) – Blxckie
  • But Could the Moments in Between – Manana
  • Germander II – FLVME
  • Bad Weather – Nanette
  • Passion Fruit – KABOMO

Best Reggae Album

  • Unleashed – Blakka Yut
  • Youth’s Cry – Botanist Mr Lamington
  • Red Carpet Live – Maximum Stylez
  • Flight More Riddim – Blackness Blue Productions
  • Healing – Lavoro Duro

Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album

  • Sing, Hoop, Weerklink – Prop
  • Skree Net Sag – Alter Ego
  • Ep In F – Herman Kleinhans
  • Jagvat – Jan Rhaap
  • Toe Roep ek jou Naam – Jan Blohm & Ryno Velvet
  • Katryn – Stefan Jansen

Remix of the year

  • Ndinovalo – Morda
  • Sete – K.O featuring Young Stunna, Oxlade & Diamond Platnumz
  • Hayii Citizen Deep Remix – Citizen Deep X Mzux Maen ft Yasmin Levy
  • Au dede – Karyendasoul
  • Tobesta Remake – Myztro featuring Focalistic, Daliwonga, Shaunmusiq and Ftears

Rest of Africa award

  • Sad Romance – Ckay
  • Timeless – Davido
  • I’m Alive – Sha Sha
  • Worry – Lyre
  • Dynastie – Ferre Gola
  • Sounds of Peace – Moreira Chonguiça

Best Gqom

  • Meeting with the King – DJ Lag
  • Fikelephi – Sizwe Mdlalose
  • Love & Light – Cairo CPT
  • Nande 2.0 – DJ Sandiso
  • Ithuba – Newlandz Finest

Best African Indigenous faith

  • Emmanuel – JTG Gospel Choir
  • Mantswe A Supileng – Spiritual Gospel Choir
  • Ikhoni Mfuyo – In Zion of Christ
  • Ba Ya Mo Nyatsa – Wacha Mkhukhu Wachumlilo
  • Ntate Le Rato La Hao – Ingqayizivele Gospel Choir

Best Hip Hop Album

  • Religion – MashBeatz 
  • Mass Country – AKA
  • SR3 – K.O
  • Life is Gangsta – Thato Saul
  • Diaspora – Maglera Doe Boy

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