Beatenberg steals the show at the Samas

Hip hop artist, Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP), born Jabulani Tsambo, suited up and channelled James Bond at the 21st (XXI) South Africa Music Awards, where he hosted the award ceremony. The music award show, which took place on April 19 at the Sun City Superbowl, honoured musicians who stood out among their peers in 2014. HHP failed to impress as the host, as he rambled through the ceremony. 

Pop trio, Beatenberg, however, had a better evening. The Capetonian trio walked away with six trophies that included Album of the Year for  The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg album and Duo or Group of the Year award. Beatenberg shot to fame with their collaboration with DJ Clock on the hit song  Pluto in 2013, which received the Best Selling Full-Track Download and Best Selling Ring-Back Tone SAMA trophies.

“Can I give a huge shout-out to Clock and to Edgar. This has changed my life and I started out a fan. Pluto is a song that brought people together,” said drummer for Beatenberg, Robin Brink.

Local hip hop came out victorious in the highly contested categories: Male Artist of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and the KIA Record of the Year.

Male Artist of the Year – AKA ( Levels)
Newcomer of the Year ­– Cassper Nyovest (Tsholofelo)
KIA Record of the Year – Caracara ­ – K.O. ft KiD X


Kwaito royalty, M’du Masilela and Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng both received the Lifetime Achievement awards for their contribution to the music industry, especially in the kwaito genre.

Hip hop has arguably overtaken kwaito in the recent years, but according to Masilela there is a “kwaito revolution” that is about to take place. The 90s kwaito star is ready to take kwaito to greater heights. 

Flautist and saxophonist,  Zim Ngqawana is the recipient of a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award. Ngqawana, who passed away after suffering a stroke in 2011 at the age of 52, gave us songs such as Qula Kwedini and Ebhofolo.

Despite memorable performances by Cassper Nyovest with Prime Circle and AKA with Duncan and Mdu, the award show fell flat. Reactions to the show on Twitter were far more entertaining than the televised show.

This is what people had to say about the awards on social media:

AKA, Duncan and Mdu gave a memorable opening performance of old and new school hits. 

Forget zippers, AKA made sure all that all eyes were on him with lights on his leather jacket. 

Gospel singer and winner of the Best Traditional Faith Album, Sfiso Ncwane, raised eyebrows when he referred to his wife Ayanda as his Kim Kardashian during his acceptance speech. 

The unresponsive audience came alive when Generations’ ( The Legacy) onscreen couple, Gadaffi (Vuyo Dabula) and Tshidi (Letoya Makhene), took to the stage to present an award.

The Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Fikile Mbalula, thought he could’ve done a better job at presenting the award show and called on the public to vote on Twitter on whether or not he would be suited for the job. All in the name of fun.

aKING’s guitarist, Andrew Davenport, seemed like he had too much fun before the show. Davenport appeared to be intoxicated while he was on stage accepting the rock band’s award for Best Rock Album.

Here is a full list of the winners:

Album of the Year
Beatenberg – The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg

Duo or Group of the Year
Beatenberg – The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg

Female Artist of the Year
Bucie – Princess of House (Easy to Love)

Male Artist of the Year
AKA  – Levels

Newcomer of the Year
Cassper Nyovest –Tsholofelo

Best Rock Album
aKING – Morning After

Best Pop Album
Beatenberg – Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg 

Afrikaans Pop Album
Riana Nel – Die Regte Tyd

Best Adult Contemporary
Joe Niemand – Back Again 

Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album
Dewald Wasserfal – Ek en Jy

Best Traditional Music Album
Botlhale Boikanyo – Spoken Word & Music

Best Maskandi Album
Thokozani Langa –  Igema Lami

Best Jazz Album
McCoy Mrubata – Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2

Best RnB Soul Reggae Album
Afrotraction – For The Lovers

Best Rap Album
K.O. – Skhanda Republic 

Best Kwaito Album
Professor – University of Kalawa Jazmee Since 1994 

Best Dance Album
Black Motion – Fortune Teller

Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album
Wouter Kellerman – Winds of Samsara

Best Traditional Faith Album
Sfiso Ncwane – Bayede Baba

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Loyiso – Power Love Sound

Best African Adult Album
Maleh – You Make My Heart Go 

Best Alternative Album
Bittereinder – Skerm 

Best Live DVD
Robin Kohl for First Decade by Lira 

Music Video of the Year
Ryan Kruger for Prime Circle – Let The Night In

Best Producer of the Year
Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej for for Winds Of Samsara by Wouter Kellerman 

Best Engineer of the Year
Brian O’Shea, Crighton Goodwill & Maruispopplanet for Johnny Apple by Johnny Apple 

Best Collaboration
K.O. ft. Kid X – Caracara 

Remix of the Year
DJ Sbu, Robbie Malinga  – Indlela Yam by DJ Sbu & Mojalefa Thebe

International Achievement Award
Wouter Kellerman

Lifetime Achievement Awards
M’du Masilela
Mandla Mofokeng aka Spikiri
Zim Ngqawana

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