Nakhane Touré pegged as Sama 2014 favourite

Twenty-six-year-old Nakhane Touré was a favourite at this year’s South African Music Awards (Sama) nominee announcement.

Touré was nominated in the album of the year, newcomer of the year, male artist of the year and the best alternative album categories for his début album Brave Confusion.

The 20th Sama ceremony will be held at Sun City on April 28 2014 and will be broadcast live on SABC 1.

Along with Touré, afro-jazz singer Naima Kay also received four nods for album of the year for Umsebenzi, female artist of the year, newcomer of the year and best African adult album.


Mafikizolo’s comeback album Reunited received four nominations for best pop album, best collaboration, duo or group of the year and album of the year.

Competing against Mafikizolo for album of the year is House music DJ, DJ Kent (The Weekent), Mi Casa (Su Casa), Naima Kay (Umsebenzi) and Nakhane Touré (Brave Confusion.)

Last year Motswako rapper Khuli Chana scooped all three awards he was nominated for at the 19th annual Samas: best rap album, best male artist and album of the year for his sophomore album Lost in Time. This was also the first year a hip-hop album won the coveted album of the year award. 

Bigger winner at the 19th Samas, Chana, is nominated for remix of the year (Hape Part 2), best collaboration and best music video of the year with The Parlotones, and Jon Savage for their collaboration Sleepwalker.

The newcomer of the year category is contested among Gangs of Ballet, Nakhane Touré, Naima Kay, iFani and MuzArt.

Record of the year category, which is determined by a public vote has not been announced yet.

The lifetime achievement awards will be revealed prior to the awards ceremony.

Album of the Year
DJ Kent – The Weekent
Mafikizolo – Reunited
Mi Casa – Su Casa
Naima Kay – Umsebenzi
Nakhane Touré – Brave Confusion

Duo or Group of the Year
Gangs of Ballet – Yes/No/Grey
GoodLuck – Creatures of the Night
Mafikizolo – Reunited
Mi Casa – Su Casa
The Parlotones – Stand Like Giants

Female Artist of the Year
Dear Reader- Rivonia
Judith Sephuma – The Experience Live in Concert
Naima Kay – Umsebenzi
Rebecca – Bayos'Khomba
Zahara – Phendula

Male Artist of the Year
Connell Cruise – Connell Cruise
Kabomo – Memory Remains
Matthew Mole – The Home We Built
Nakhane Touré – Brave Confusion
Vusi Mahlasela  – Sing to the People

Newcomer of the Year
Gangs Of Ballet- Yes/No/Grey
iFani – I Believes in Me (1st Quadrant)
MuzArt – MuzArt
Naima Kay – Umsebenzi
Nakhane Touré – Brave Confusion

Best Rock Album
Gangs of Ballet – Yes/No/Grey
Shadowclub – Goodbye Wild Child
The Black Cat Bones – Beatipiller
The Parlotones – Stand Like Giants
Van Coke Kartel – Bloed, Sweet & Trane

Best Pop Album
Danny K – Good Look
GoodLuck – Creatures of the Night
LCNVL – Faster Longer Mixtape
Mafikizolo – Reunited
Matthew Mole – The Home We Built

Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans)
4Werke – 4 Harte

Charlize Berg – Charlize Berg

JAY – Dis Hoe Ons Rol
Karlien van Jaarsveld- Uitklophou
Kurt Darren – Seerower

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Connell Cruise – Connell Cruise
Farryl Purkiss – Home
Hinds Brothers – Ocean of Milk
Michael Lowman – Crayon Boxes
Shaun Jacobs – Love Can

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album
Ampie – Niks en Niemand
Andriëtte – Wat Rym met Liefde
Bok van Blerk – Steek Die Vure Aan
Elvis Blue – Afrikaans
Jak de Priester – N1 van My Hart

Best African Adult Album
Naima Kay – Umsebenzi
Selaelo Selota – The Promise
Vusi Mahlasela – Sing to the People
Zamajobe – Thula Mntwana
Zonke  – Give and Take Live

Best Alternative Album
Chris Letcher – Hyperbalist
Dear Reader – Rivonia
Death by Misadventure – dump dump
Die See – II
Nakhane Touré – Brave Confusion

Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
Kabomo – Memory Remains
MuzArt – MuzArt
The Soil  – Reflections Live in Joburg
Vusi Nova – Walk into Light
Zahara – Phendula

Best Rap Album
AB Crazy – Home Coming
iFani  – I Believes in Me (1st Quadrant)
Kwesta – DaKAR
L-Tido – All of Me
Molemi – A Sia

Best Kwaito Album
Alaska – The Revival
Big Nuz – Made in Africa
Character – Self-Control
Mandoza – Sgantsontso
Tzozo – Amabills

Best Dance Album
DJ Kent – The Weekent
Lulo Café – Soul Africa
Mi Casa – Su Casa
Uhuru – Our Father
Zakes Bantwini – The Fake Book & Real Book: My Music Bible

Best Traditional Faith Music Album
Andile KaMajola – Chapter 6 ujehova ungibiyele
Deborah – Umqhele
Lusanda Spiritual Group – Uhambo Lwam
Rebecca – Bayos'Khomba
Worship House – Project 10 Live in Limpopo, RSA

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Benjamin Dube – Renewal in His Presence with Benjamin Dube
Judith Sephuma – The Experience Live in Concert
Nqubeko Mbatha – Sentiments of a Worshiper
Soweto Gospel Choir  – Divine Decade & Friends 
We Will Worship – YHWH

Best Traditional Album
Hennie de Bruyn en  Kitaar Kwêla – die Kitaarkêrels
Joe Shirimani na Vana – Hawu Ra Mina va Ndoda
PS Manyike Na Vatirhi – Taduma e Kerekeni Va Hosi
Sayicology – Round 2
Dr Thomas Chauke – Shimatsatsa No 32

Best Maskandi Album
Amabunjwa – X6
Buselaphi – Gijima Ntuthwane
Khwelebhasini  – Ngiyistress
Phuzekhemisi  – Kungakho Nilwa Nodwa
Thokozani Langa Inyakanyaka

Best Jazz Album
Marcus Wyatt Quartet – One Life in the Sun
Shane Cooper  – Oscillations
Sisa Sopazi – Images & Figures
Tumi Mogorosi  – Project Elo
Zim Ngqawana – Live at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album
Cape Consort Claudio Monteverdi – Selected Madrigals
Guy Buttery – Live in KwaZulu
Ockie Vermeulen –  Obsession
Tygerberg Children's Choir – Glorious
Zanne Stapelberg & Kathleen Tagg – Soul of Fire

Best Live DVD
Nataniël – Factory
Skouspel 2013 – Skouspel 2013
The Soil – Reflections Live in Joburg
Unathi – An Intimate Night with Unathi
Zonke – Give and Take Live

Best Collaboration
DJ Kent Ft The Arrows – Spin My World Around
LCNVL Ft Lakota Silva – Closer
Mafikizolo Ft May D – Happiness
The Parlotones, Khuli Chana & Jon Savage – Sleepwalker
Uhuru Ft Oskido, Professor & DJ Bucks – Y-tjukutja

Best Music Video of the Year
Goldfish – One Million Views
Mi Casa – Jika
The Muffinz – Umsebenzi Wendoda (An Ode to Single Mothers)
The Parlotones, Khuli Chana & Jon Savage – Sleepwalker
Toya Delazy – Memoriam

Best Producer of the Year
Danny K – Good Look by Danny K
Darryl Torr – Yes/No/Grey by Gangs of Ballet
David Poole & Dominic Peters – Three Second Memory by Goldfish
Dan Roberts – Border Crossing by Laurie Levine
Shaun Jacobs – Love Can by Shaun Jacobs

Best Engineer of the Year
Peter Auret   – Pimp My Piano by Charl du Plessis
Darryl Torr  –  Yes/No/Grey by Gangs of Ballet
Matthew Fink – The Home We Built by Matthew Mole
Matthew Fink – Goodbye Wild Child by Shadowclub
Shaun Jacobs – Love Can by Shaun Jacobs

Remix of the Year
Euphonik – Hallelujah Anyway
Khuli Chana – Hape (Part 2)
Mi Casa – Jika
Oskido – Tsa Ma Ndebele
Uhuru – Thath'isghubu

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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:

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