Entertainment: Zahara wins big at the SAMAs

The yellow carpet was rolled out for one of the biggest music awards in South Africa, the SA Music Award in Sun City Sunday and Monday. For the first time in 18 years the SAMAs didn’t have a host(s), rather 10 MC including musician and Idol judge Unathi Msengana, who throw a F-boom on live tv, socialite Jen Su, tv presenter Pabi Moloi, Kabelo Mabalane, “handsome guy” Sizwe Dlomo and actress Minnie Dlamini to name the few.

Zahara was the big winner of the night with 8 SAMAs, including Best Female Artist, Best Selling Album and the covered Album of the year to name the few. The Loliwe hitmaker opened the show with a hit performance. She looked stunning in red NN Vintage dress. Another big winner was the duo group Mi Casa winning 3 including best Duo Group, Best Dance Album and MTN Record of the year. The guy had an amazing performance (best performance ever). Idols was represented with season 6 winner Elvis Blue winning Best Adult Contemporary Album and season 6 run up Lloyd Cele winning two.

The show was one of the best SAMA ever. Well done to Randall Abrahams for a superb job with the show.

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
Facebook by DJ Cleo

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
These Streets by Mi Casa

Album of the Year
Loliwe by Zahara

Night One Winners
Best Producer

Dan Roberts – Six Winters by Laurie Levine

Best Engineer

Johan van der Colff – Loliwe by Zahara

Best Video of the Year

Ryan Peimer – It’s Magic by The Parlotones

Best Live DVD

Simphiwe Dana – An Evening with Simphiwe Dana (Live in Concert)

Remix of the Year

DJ Sbu – Lengoma featuring Zahara

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Ray Phiri and Vusi Mahlasela

Best Selling True-Tone Download of the Year

Facebook by DJ Cleo

Best Selling Ring-Back-Tone of the Year

Facebook by DJ Cleo

Best Selling Full-Track Download of the Year

Loliwe by Zahara

Most Played Song on South African Radio in 2011

Alone by Liquiddeep

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Journalism student (journalist and writer: Nubian Bride and Joburg Style Magazine)•social media guy• Aspiring radio dj, tv presenter•fashion lover and all thing entertainment•All round good guy!
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