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Khuli Chana bags three Samas

Chana won best rap album, best male artist and album of the year for his sophomore Lost in Time.

Chana had his name repeatedly chanted by the crowd at the Sun City Superbowl when his categories were announced.

In an interview with the Mail & Guardian last year, Chana described himself as being his own biggest competition – a legend in the making.

"What sets me apart from other rappers is that I run my own race. You can roll me in on a kwaito beat, on a hip-hop boombap — [I'm] not really big on pop but if it sounds straight I will rap on it. I am a big believer in if it stinks it stinks, if it's dope it's dope."

The celebrated pop singer Toya Delazy also won three awards.

Delazy performed her hit Love is in the Air with rapper Reason and received the newcomer of the year award and best pop album for Due Drop Deluxe. Jax Panix won the best producer award on Friday night for their work on Toya’s album.

Surprise nominee Kelly Khumalo won in the best female category for her comeback album The Past, The Present, The Future.

Afro-fusion group Freshlyground won the duo/group of the year award and Sfiso Ncwane won record of the year for Kulungile Baba, as voted for by the public.

The almost three hour show brought together some iconic collaborations from Zonke and Kabomo, ChianoSky with DJ Zinhle ft. Busiswa, Bobby Van Jaarsveld with Oskido ft. Candy, Desmond & The Tutus with Kabelo, Professor, Sfiso and crowd pleasers DJ Vetkuk & Mahoota featuring Dr Malinga & Manqoba, among others.

The winners:

• Album of the year

Khuli ChanaLost in Time

• MTN record of the year

Sfiso NcwaneKulungile Baba

• Duo or group of the year

FreshlygroundTake Me to the Dance

• Female artist of the year

Kelly KhumaloThe Past, The Present, The Future

• Male artist of the year

Khuli ChanaLost in Time

• Newcomer of the year

Toya DelazyDue Drop Deluxe

• Best rock album

Zebra & Giraffe — The Wisest Ones

• Best pop album

Toya Delazy — Due Drop Deluxe

• Best adult contemporary album

Elvis Blue — Journey

• Beste kontemporêre musiek album

Theuns JordaanRoeper

• Best African adult album

Maleh — Step Child

• Best alternative album

iScream & The Chocolate Stix — The Paradox

• Best R&B/soul/reggae album

Khaya — For You

• Best rap album

Khuli Chana — Lost in Time

• Best kwaito album

ProfessorThe Orientation

• Best dance album

Black CoffeeAfrica Rising

• Best traditional faith music album

Various — Spirit of Praise Vol.4

• Best contemporary faith music album

Ntokozo Mbambo — Filled

• Best traditional album

Soul Brothers — Isiphithiphithi

• Best maskandi album

Ichwane LebhacaInkunzi Yomthakathi

• Best jazz album

Herbie Tsoaeli — African Time

• Best classic & instrumental album

CH2 Guitar Duo Live with the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra

• Best live DVD

The Captured Tour Concert Film — Lira  

• Best collaboration

Riot Feat. Zahara — Thetha Nami

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Rhode Marshall
Rhodé Marshall is the Mail & Guardians arts, culture and entertainment content producer. She started as a radio reporter and producer in Cape Town, before jumping into online news. When there is chaos, she is the responsible, cool and calm one. With one hand glued to her phone and the other to a can of Coca-Cola, she is a pop culture junkie. And dont you dare write her name without the accent on the e, she will make sure that you know how to do it on every device. Visit her blog: rhodemarshall.co.za

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