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SA Music Awards 2022

The SA Music Awards nominations for 2022 are out

On June 7th, the 28th annual SA Music Awards nominees were announced during a nomination party held in Randburg, Johannesburg. The event was also shared via livestream on the SAMAs YouTube account and was attended by A-list celebrities, some of whom were announced as nominees as well.

The SAMAs were last hosted in person two years ago, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw the in-person style ceremony take a hiatus. They were hosted via livestream instead, in 2020 (#SAMA26) and 2021(#SAMA27), respectively. For this year however, there is a strong indication that the award ceremony will be held in person, and may very well be held in Johannesburg, on Sunday, 31 July 2022. The live broadcast will be on SABC1.

“SABC1 prides itself on being the platform that unearths and recognizes talent. With each year of the partnership, The South African Music Awards and SABC1, as a collective, shines a light on the music industry and the artists in their respective genres. A huge congratulations to all the nominees that have made it through this year, sithi umculo uhamba pambili.”- Thulisile Nhlapo – Acting Channel Head.

Leading this year’s nominees is house music artist and producer Zakes Bantwini, with a total of seven nominations. He has earned a nomination in the Record of the Year (ROTY) category for his hit song “Osama” with Kasango, as well as an additional nomination in six other categories, including Album of the Year.

His album, Ghetto King, has been nominated for Album of the Year, Best Dance Album and Best Engineered Album, while he is nominated for Male Artist of the Year.  “Osama”, along with his other song “Imali”, which he collaborated with Karyendasoul and features Nana Atta, have both been nominated in the Best Collaboration category.

The rest of the nominees follow below:

Album of the Year

African Electronic Dance Music – Sun-El Musician

Ghetto King – Zakes Bantwini

It’s All You – Brian Temba

Musique – Chymamusique

When House Was House – Mobi Dixon

Duo or Group of the Year

Ama Roto Vol.2 – Reece Madlisa and Zuma  

Elephant In The Room – Watershed

Franco Prinsloo: Kruis Van Liefde – Franco Prinsloo and Vox Chamber Choir

Pangaea – Wouter Kellerman and David Arkenstone

Wangikhulisa uMama – Shwi Nomtekhala

Female Artist of the Year

Platinumb Heart Beating – Msaki

African Bird – Khanyisile Mthetwa

Nkulunkulu – Kamo Mphela

Trailblazer – Reign Afrika

Trouble In Paradise – Shekhinah

Male Artist of the Year

African Electronic Dance Music – Sun-El Musician

Ghetto King – Zakes Bantwini

It’s All You – Brian Temba

Musique – Chymamusique

When House Was House – Mobi Dixon

White Star Newcomer of the Year

Thapelo Lekoane – Tapestry

Khanyisile Mthetwa – African Bird

25K – Pheli Makaveli

Ncebakazi Msomi – The 34th Psalm

Botanist Mr Lamington – The Shift

Best Rock Album

Headlights Dream – Steve Louw

Partypocalypse – Springbok Nude Girls

Revolution – Tim Parr

Ennui – Deity’s Muse

Sacred Sound – Albert Frost

Best Pop Album

Souvenirs – Jeremy Loops

Motion – Tresor

Trouble In Paradise – Shekhinah

A Journal – Bonj

Don’t Let Go – Jacky Carpede

Beste Pop Album

Hier Waar Ek Nou Is – Juan Boucher

Prisma – Janie Bay

Rugsak – Elandrê

Niks Vergelyk – Posduif

Roekeloos – Rita Li

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Tapestry – Thapelo Lekoane

Where The Light Gets In – Pat McCay

Elephant In The Room – Watershed

Brother – Jacob Swann

Platinumb Heart Beating – Msaki

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

Al Die Ysters – Jan Jan Jan

Sangoma Sandilands and Jou Pa Se Posse Maanskyn – Neil Sandilands

Twintigeenentwintig – Jennifer Zamudio

Volume – Die Heuwels Fantasties

Woorde – Jodi Jantjies

Best African Adult Contemporary Album

Thetha Mama – The One Who Sings

Camagu – Ntando

2020 – Joe Nina

The Red Stoep – Nomfusi

Cwaka – Mandisi Dyantyis

Best Alternative Music Album

City Of God and The Jungle Below – Daniel Baron

Night Speak – Lo- Ghost

Glow – Alice Phoebe Lou

Romance Was Born – Anna Wolf

Child’s Play – Alice Phoebe Lou

Best R&B/Soul Album

Real Talk – P.Postman

The Arrival – Melleng

Sour Milk – Joda Kgosi

It’s All You – Brian Temba

It Is What It is – Mikhale Jones

Best Hip Hop Album

Father Of Zen – Kid X

Pheli Makaveli – 25K

Today’s Tragedy, Tomorrow’s Memory: Mixtape – A-Reece

Logan – Emtee

B4NOW – Blxckie

Best Kwaito Album

Don’t Lose Focus – Sukiri Papa

Let Dogs Lie Low – Simple Eugene

Kwaito Pallet – Shisaboy

Ama Roto Vol.2 – Reece Madlisa and Zuma

Trip To Jozi – King Razo

Best Dance Album

Muzika – Miza

Ghetto King – Zakes Bantwini

Musique – Chymamusique

When House Was House – Mobi Dixon

African Electronic Dance Music – Sun-El Musician

Best Traditional Faith Music Album

Vela Nkosi – Jumbo

In the Beginning – Paul K

Heaven’s Scroll – Puleng March

The Great Revival – Takie Ndou

Shrubs of Chronicle (Live) – Zaza

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

My Heart To Him – Thabelo

Denga – Kingdmusic

Sacrificial Worship (Live) – Pulane Maphari

Find Me Singing – Lauren Cullen

The 34th Psalm – Ncebakazi Msomi

Best African Indigenous Faith Music Album

Ba Bosiu – Isaac and The Mighty Messengers

Re Kopa Go Wena Ramasedi – JTG Gospel Choir

Similapha Nkosi – NUZ Voices Of Joy

Ore Etele Mohloeki – The Harmony Singers Artist Development

Swi Lava Yeso – Zion Iskhalanga Academy

Rest Of Africa Award

Son Of A Tribe – Edgar Muzah (Zimbabwe)

Karabo – Malome Vector (Lesotho)

Boyfriend – Ckay (Nigeria)

If Orange Was A Place – Tems (Nigeria)

Love & Isolation – Tay Iwar (Nigeria)

Best Traditional Album

Dlozified – Mkhanyakude

Dziya Fhirtana – Vha Venda Cultural Group

Tshihwilili Tshanga – Dr Mercy Masakona Madzivhandila

Mathotse – Tau Sebata

Hantam Kerfees – Klipwerf

Best Maskandi Album

Ziyashisa – Makhamnandi

Wangikhulisa uMama – Shwi Nomtekhala

Idaymani – Thokozani Langa

Phakathi Komhlane Nembeleko – Udumakahle

Ivila Laselawini – Mzukulu

Best Jazz Album

At This Point In Time Voices in Volumes – Herbie Tsoaeli

Music From My People – Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane

History In A Frame – Jimmy Dludlu

Revision – Steve Dyer

Quiet Please – McCoy Mrubata

Best Classical/Instrumental Album

Pangaea – Wouter Kellerman and David Arkenstone

African Bird – Khanyisile Mthetwa

It Takes Three – Charl Du Plessis Trio

Afrikaans – Scheppel

Franco Prinsloo: Kruis Van Liefde – Franco Prinsloo and Vox Chamber Choir

Best Afro Pop Album

iStiff – Mnqobi Yazo

New Faces To Old Problems – Bonga Kwana

Sukulila – Cici

Amalobolo – Aubrey Qwana

Amagama – Nomfundo Moh

Best Collaboration

“Imali” – Karyendasoul and Zakes Bantwini feat. Nana Atta

“Osama” – Zakes Bantwini and Kasango

“Wamuhle” – Njelic and Boohle feat. De Mthuda, Da Muziqal Chef

“Zwivhuya” – Makhadzi feat. Joe Delinger

“No Rainbow” – Msaki feat. Da Capo

Best Produced Music Video

“Inhlupheko” by Big Zulu – Edward (Gobi Beast) and Ofentse Mwase

“Playback” by K.O. – Ted Magerman

“Mamezala” by Mafikizolo feat. Simmy – Dale Fortune

“When House Was House” by Mobi Dixon feat. Mariechan and JNR SA – Mabi Ntuli and Shona

“Finessin’” by AKA – Mninizo Sitho and Nhlanhla

Best Produced Album Of The Year

Karabo by Malome Vector – Bokang and Ndumiso

Platinumb Heart Beating by Msaki – Neo Muyanga and Asanda

Destination Unknown by Vaughn Prangley – Howard Bradley

Thetha Mama by The One Who Sings – Sean, Keanan Leroy and Arthur

A World At Suicide by Kahn Morbee – Jacques du Plessis High

Best Engineered Album Of The Year

Candid by Moonga K – Greg Abrahams, Mike Zietsman and Vicente Espi

Ghetto King by Zakes Bantwini – Zakes Bantwini

Pheli Makaveli by 25K – Sibabalwe Andile Fiphaza

City Of God and The Jungle Below by Daniel Baron – Daniel Baron and Darryn Muller

It Takes Three by Charl Du Plessis Trio – Peter Auret

Remix Of The Year

Manyelo Dafro, Bassekou Kouyate and Da Capo- Ladon by Manyelo Dafro ft Basekou Kouyate

Lira and DJ Maphorisa – “Feel Good” by Lira

Sun- El Musician, Azana and Da Capo – “Uhuru” by Sun- El Musician and Azana

Da Capo – “Mama” by Josiah De Disciple and Boohle

DJ Cleo – “Gcina Impilo Yam” by Bucy Radebe

Best Reggae Album

He Crowned I Emperor – Skeleton Blazer

Trailblazer – Reign Afrika

Hard To Believe – Ras Canly

The Shift – Botanist Mr Lamington

Ngatanngwe – Red I Scorch

Best Amapiano Album

Nkulunkulu – Kamo Mphela

Auti eSharp – Mas Musiq

Kwa Kwa – Mellow and Sleazy

Notumato – Young Stunna

President Ya Strata – Focalistic

Best Gqom Album

Khula – Bello No Gallo

Summer Banger – Dlala Thukzin

Best Of The Best – T-Man

The Journey – Slenda Da Dancing DJ

Umshunqo Reloaded – Dladla Mshunqisi

            RECORD OF THE YEAR

  1. “Osama” – Zakes Bantwini and Kasango
  2. “Questions” – Shekhinah
  3. “Mamela” – Mi Casa
  4. “Banyana” – DJ Maphorisa and Tyler ICU feat. Daliwonga, Sir Trill and Kabza De Small
  5. “Abalele” – Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa feat. Ami Faku
  6. “Adiwele” – Young Stunna feat. Kabza De Small
  7. “Bopha” – Mellow & Sleazy and Felo Le Tee feat. DJ Maphorisa, Madumane and Young Stunna
  8. “Vula Mlomo” – Musa Keys feat. Sir Trill and Nobantu Vilakazi
  9. “Asibe Happy” – Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa feat. Ami Faku
  10. “John Wick” – De Mthuda feat. Da Muziqal Chef and Sir Trill
  11. “I’m With You” – Matthew Mole
  12. “Umsebenzi Wethu” – Busta 929 and Mpura feat. Zuma, Mr JazziQ, Lady Du and Reece Madlisa
  13. “Black And White” – Nasty C and Ari Lennox
  14. “Izolo” – DJ Maphorisa and Tyler ICU feat. Mpura, Daliwonga and Visca
  15. “Phakade Lami” – Nomfundo Moh feat. Sha Sha and Ami Faku
  16. “Jola” – De Mthuda feat. Sino Msolo
  17. “Shine Your Light” – Master KG and David Guetta feat. Akon
  18. “Postcards” – Jeremy Loops
  19. “Ngathwala Ngaye” – Kelly Khumalo feat. Mondli Ngcobo
  20. “Right Now” – Elaine


  1. “LiYoshona (Main Mix)” – Kwiish SA feat. Njelic, MalumNator and De Mthuda
  2. “Izolo” – DJ Maphorisa and Tyler ICU feat. Mpura, Daliwonga and Visca
  3. “Summer Yo Muthi” – Blaq Diamond
  4. “Phakade Lami” – Nomfundo Moh feat. Sha Sha and Ami Faku
  5. “Nkulunkulu” – Kamo Mphela
  6. “Jola” – De Mthuda feat Sino Msolo and Da Muziqal Chef
  7. “Indlovu” – DJ Zinhle feat. Lloyiso
  8. “Yini Sdakwa” – ThackzinDJ, Tee Jay and Sir Trill feat. Dlala Thukzin, Nkosazana_ Daughter, Rascoe Kaos, Moscow and Mpura
  9. “S’bali” – Intaba Yase Dubai
  10. “Mamela” – Mi Casa
  11. “John Wick” – De Mthuda feat. Sir Trill and Da Muziqal Chef
  12. “Woza” – Mr JazziQ, Kabza De Small and Lady Du feat. Boohle
  13. “Superman” – DJ Stokie feat. Kabza De Small, Masterpiece YVK and Madumane
  14. “Getting Late” – Tyla feat. Kooldrink
  15. “Umuzi eSandton” – Big Zulu Feat. Lwah Ndlunkulu
  16. “Buyile” – Khuli Chana feat. Tyler ICU, Stino Le Thwenny and Lady Du
  17. “Ghanama” – Makhadzi feat. Prince Benza
  18. “Inhlupheko” – Big Zulu feat. Mduduzi
  19. “Chucks” – YOUNOTUS and Mi Casa
  20. “Mmapula” – Busta 929 feat. Mzu M


  1. Bello no Gallo
  2. Haksul MUZIQ
  3. Fanie Dick
  4. AfroToniQ
  5. Zion Agreement
  6. A-Reece
  7. Musa Keys
  8. Msaki
  9. Jennifer Zamudio
  10. Millie Ngwalangwala
  11. Rodger KB
  12. Brandon Dhludhlu
  13. HunTer Leite
  14. NLite
  15. Emtee
  16. PressCee
  17. Cece Vee
  18. Young Stunna
  19. Lady X
  20. Makhadzi

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