Kwesta left with an armload of SAMA statuettes this evening at the Sun City Superbowl, North West.
The Afro Pop segment produced magic as vocal powerhouses Kelly Khumalo, Jaziel Brothers, Robbie Malinga and Musa banded together for a distinctly African flavour.
Amadodana ase Wesile gave a pleasant surprise as they teamed up with exciting new talents Soul Kulture and Thee Legacy as well as rock veteran Arno Carstens for harmonies and melodies we won’t forget in a hurry.
The Best Newcomer of The Year went to Amanda Black she also had a successful evening walking away with four awards.
Bongani Radebe, the new and skilful sax genius accompanied the moving In Memoriam tribute.
Gospel stars Lebo Sekgobela , Dr Tumi, Neyi Zimu and Jerusalema E Ncha delivered a powerful and spirited gospel medley.
The urban maskandi, Afro pop and hip hop acts Mma Ausi, Thokozani Langa, Sjava and Ms Pru (featuring Mtee, Amanda/LaSauce) delivered a mesh up of sounds, beats and influences.
The night’s performances were closed with a spectacular collaboration by dance stars Naakmusiq, DBN Finest (DJ Tira & Sox Feat. Professor), Babes Wodumo (featuring Mampintsha, Cassper and Dancers) and OkMalumKoolKat who got together for a pulsating and energetic finale.
Complete list of winners:
· Best Newcomer of the Year – Amanda Black – Amazulu
· Best Duo-Group of the Year – Black Motion – Ya Badimo
· Best Female Artist of the Year – Amanda Black – Amazulu
· Best Male Artist of the Year – Kwesta – Dakar II
· Best Album of the Year – Kwesta – Dakar II
· Record of the Year – Nasty C – Hell Naw
· Best Maskandi Album – Khuzani – Inyoni yomthakathi
· Classical Instrumental Album – Charl du Pleassis Trio – Baroqueswing Vol.II
· Best Afro Pop Album – Vusi Nova – Vusi Nova
· African Indigenous Gospel Album – Living In Christ Legends – Living In Christ Legends
· Best Rock Album – Albert Frost – The Wakeup
· Best Pop Album – GoodLuck – The Nature Within
· Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album – Joshua na die Reen – Die Wereld Binne My
· Best Rap Album – Kwesta – Darak II
· Best Kwaito Album – Dr Malinga – Goodwill
· Best Dance Album – Black Motion – Ya Badimo
· Best Traditional Faith Music Album – Sprit of Praise – Spirit of Praise Vol.6
· Samro Highest Airplay of the Year – Ngud – Kwesta
· SAMPRA Highest Airplay of the Year – Ngud – Kwesta