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South African Music Awards Announce 2021 Nominees

South African Music Awards Announce 2021 Nominees

From Left to Right: Vusi Nova, Berita, Sun El Musician, BandaBanda.

Hosted by the Recording Industry of South Africa, the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) celebrates and recognizes the greatest South African music releases and artists from over the past year. We’re proud to celebrate over twenty nominations from The Orchard distributed artists and partners this year! 

The official date for the 27th annual South African Music Awards has yet to be announced, but the show will be broadcasted live on SABC 1. You can find the full list of nominees here and The Orchard distributed nominees below.  

Record of the Year
Sun El Musician ft. Msaki- Ubomi Abumanga (CCA)

Male Artist of the Year
Sun-El Musician – To The World & Beyond (CCA)

White Star Newcomer of the Year
BandaBanda & The Crocodiles – Africado( Bandabanda Agency)

Best Rock Album
Ethyl Ether Chrome Neon Jesus (Next Music)
Ruff Majik – The Devils Cattle (Next Music)

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Jack Atlantic – Repaired (Next Music)

Best Alternative Music Album
Evert Snyman – Hot Mess  (Next Music)
The Medicine Dolls – Filth and Wisdom (Next Music)

Best Hip Hop Album
Zakwe & Duncan – Zakwe & Duncan(CCA)

Best Kwaito Album
Lvovo & Danger –S gubhu OverDoze (CCA)

Best Dance Album
Sun-El Musician – To The World & Beyond  (CCA)

Best Traditional Faith Music Album
Chapter 2 – Worship House Project 17 (Next Music)
Thinah Zungu – Buya Nkosi  (Next Music)

Rest of Africa Award
Buffalo Souljah – Unity Album (CCA)
Berita – Songs in the Key of Love (Assali Music)

Best Maskandi
Abafana Baka Mgqumeni – Imfene Kamakhelwane (Tox Media)

Best Jazz Album
BandaBanda & The Crocodiles – Africado (Bandabanda Agency)

Best Classical/Instrumental Album
Wouter Kellerman – We’ve All Known The Times (Next Music)

Best Afro Pop Album
Vusi Nova – Ngumama (Muthaland Entertainment)

Best Live Audio Visual Recording of the Year
Sun-El Musician – A Journey to the World & Beyond (CCA)

Best Produced Music Video
Kyle Lewis & Vjorn Tucker Qhawe – Made to Create by Toya Delazy (Afrorave)

Best Gqom Album
Zinaro – InzaloYekwaito (Bhavani Entertainment)

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