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#SAMA22: The Nominees For The 2016 South African Music Awards (SAMAs)

The full list of nominees for the 2016 South African Music Awards (SAMAs)

Petite Noir is nominated for Best Alternative Album for La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful
The South African Music Awards (SAMAs) announced their 2016 nominees today in Soweto. Petite Noir and Moonchild Sanelly are both up for Best Alternative Album. Emtee, Riky Rick and Nathi are up for four awards each. Black Coffee also fared pretty well with three nominations.

The 22nd edition of the SAMAs goes down June 4th at the Durban International Convention Centre. You can watch them live on SABC1. Tickets to the awards show go on sale to the public tomorrow (Friday, April 22) at 12:00. Check out the announcement video below and keep scrolling for the full list of this year’s nominees.


Album of the Year

Francois van Coke - Francois van Coke

Emtee - Avery

Nathi - Buyelekhaya

Tresor - VII

Black Coffee - Pieces of Me

Duo or Group of the Year

Desmond & the Tutus - Enjoy Yourself

Witness the Funk - Finding Nomusa

Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR Jazz Orchestra - One Night in the Sun

Junior Taurus &Cotton Candy - Lady Zamar

Big Nuz - For the Fans

Female Artist of the Year

Judith Sephuma - One Word

Zahara - Country Girl

Fifi Cooper - 20Fifi

Karen Zoid - Drown Out the Noise

Zonke - Work of Heart

Male Artist of the Year

Nathi - Buyelekhaya

Black Coffee - Pieces of Me

Riky Rick - Family Values

Emtee - Avery

Francois van Coke - Francois van Coke

Newcomer of the Year

Riky Rick - Family Values

Emtee - Avery

Tresor - VII

Fifi Cooper - 20Fifi

Nathi - Buyelekhaya

Best Rock Album

Desmond & the Tutus - Enjoy Yourself

Francois van Coke - Francois van Coke

Shortstraw - Youthless

Karen Zoid - Drown Out the Noise

Saarkie – Reisiger

Best Pop Album

Tresor - VII

Lakota Silva - Pop: The Mix Tape

Loki Rothman - The Way Back

Can Skylark - Overdrive

Vincent Bones - Shaded Soul

Best Pop Album (Afrikaans)

Karlien van Jaarsveld - My Hartjie

Brendan Peyper - Stop, Wag, Bly Nog ’n Bietjie

Vaughan Gardiner - Sit Vanaand op Herhaal

Pierre Rossouw - In my Bloed

Suzanne - Vuurbestand

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Judith Sephuma - One Word

Watershed - Watch the Rain

Karen Zoid & Various - Republiek van Zoid Afrika Vol. 2

Kahn - Salt

Josie Field & Laurie Levine - Tigerlily

Best Kontemporêre Musiek Album

Elvis Blue - Êrens in die Middel van Nêrens

Andriëtte - Pêrel vir ’n Kroon

Neil Somers - Hierdie Hande

Bok van Blerk - Sing Afrikaner Sing

Stiaan Reynierse - Sonde

Best African Adult Album

Dizu Plaatjies & Friends - Ubuntu – The Common String

Kabomo - Sekusile

Thiwe - Soul Therapy

L’wei Netshivhale - Mudzimu washu

Jessica Mbangeni - Busisiwe – Tribute to the African Heroines

Best Alternative Album

Petite Noir - La Vie Est Belle/Life is Beautiful

Sannie Fox - Serpente Masjien

The Plastics - In Threes

Moonchild Sanelly - Rabulapha!

Die Heuwels Fantasties - Ja. Nee. Lekker (Deluxe)

Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album

Nathi - Buyelekhaya

Zonke - Work of Heart

Olwethu - Imbewu

Zahara - Country Girl

The Muffinz - Do What You Love

Best Rap Album

Emtee - Avery

Kid X - 3 Quarter Pace

Da L.E.S - North God

Riky Rick - Family Values

Zakwe – Impande

Best Kwaito Album

Big Nuz - For the Fans

Dbn Nyts - Believe

Kabelo Mabalane - Immortal Vol. 3

Dj Bongz - Game Changer

Mzansi - North Coast Vibe

Best Dance Album

Black Coffee - Pieces of Me

Mi Casa - Home Sweet Home

Mobi Dixon - Tribal Soul Special Edition

DJ Merlon - Original Copy

Junior Taurus & Lady Zamar - Cotton Candy

Best Traditional Faith Music Album

TYGC Family - The Journey Begins

Worship House - Project 12 Praise Live

Worship House - True Worship 2015

Dumi Mkokstad - Ukhona Uthixo

Women in Praise - Various Artists

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

Ntokozo Mbambo - Spirit and Life

Mark Counihan - To the Brave Ones

Mahalia Buchanan - Redeemed to Worship

24 Skies - Endless Anthem

Benjamin Dube - Sanctified in His Presence

Best Maskandi Album

Imithente - Ichakijana

Thokozani Langa - Khuzeka Mshana

Shwi no Mtekhala - Bazali Bami

Buselaphi - Gabi Gabi

Phuzekhemisi - Woze Durban

Best Jazz Album

Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR Jazz Orchestra - One Night in the Sun

Nduduzo Makhathini - Listening to the Ground

Benjamin Jephta Quintet - Homecoming

Amandla Freedom Ensemble - Bhekisiwe

Bokani Dyer - World Music

Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album

Wouter Kellerman - Love Language

Guy Buttery - Guy Buttery

Deep South - Heartland

Cape Consort - Christoph & Sebastian

KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra - Mintirho ya SJ KhosaOrchestra

Best Live Audiovisual Recording

Jimmy Dludlu - Live at Emperors Palace

Krone - Krone 2

Ntokozo Mbambo - Spirit and Life

Neyi & Omega - Friends in Praise

Benjamin Dube - Sanctified in His Presence

Best Collaboration

Dbn Nyts ft. Zinhle Ngidi & Trademark - Shumaya

Shekinah x Kyle Deutsch - Back to the Beach

AKA ft. Redsan, Burna Boy & Stoneboy - All Eyes on Me

Major League DJz ft. Cassper Nyovest, Okmalumkoolkat, Riky Rick & Carpo - Sylza Tsotsi

Khuli Chana ft. Patoranking - No Lie

Best Music Video of the Year

Jack Parow & Freshly Ground - Army of One

Riky Rick ft. Cassper Nyovest & Anatii - Fuseg

Al Bairre & PH Fat - Caviar Dreams

iFani - Ayadelela

Monark - Negatives Deluxe

Best Produced Album of the Year

Zahara - Country Girl

Mi Casa - Home Sweet Home

Sannie Fox - Serpente Masjien

Mark Counihan - To the Brave Ones

Zonke - Work of Heart

Best Engineered Album of the Year

Black Coffee - Pieces of Me

Brendan Peyper - Stop, Wag, Bly Nog ’n Bietjie

Zonke - Work of Heart

Mi Casa - Home Sweet Home

Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR Jazz Orchestra - One Night in the Sun

Best Remix of the Year

DJ Sliqe - Do Like I Do Remix

AKA - Baddest Remix

Mobi Dixon - My Sugar

Mobi Dixon - Never Let Me Go Remix

The Fraternity - Bheka Mina Ngedwa Amplified

Arts + Culture

This Stunning Series of Self-Portraits Explores Love And The Concept of Letting Go

Cape Town photographer Meet The Internet shares a few images from her exhibition.

Cape Town photographer Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana, who is known online as "Meet The Internet," does not take the topic of love lightly. "Most of us rushed into it," she says, "and we started dating without understanding what love is."

Her latest photography series, Love Through My Eyes is, is a reflection on how people around her deal with love, from staying in toxic relationships because they fear being alone, to those who build walls around themselves in fear of heartbreak and are hence unlovable.

"We come from broken families," says Ngqoyiyana. "Some with no fathers at all, so we go out yearning to be loved by a man and pray for better experiences than what we see our mothers go through. We get our fair share of hurt, we watch people come to our lives, we share our bodies with them and when it's enough for them they leave. We even start understanding and forgiving the cycle."

This cycle is reflected in the photos. In most of them, the color red is prevalent, symbolic for love. And the main subject, which is the photographer herself, is elusive, hiding her face either with a mask or red ropes, which could symbolize the blinding effect of love and how it can suffocate you.

Ngqoyiyana wants the images to focus on both sides of love. "I like the concept of balloons," she says, "because from a young age it kinda teaches us the concept of holding on to something and letting go. Obviously letting go is never fun, hence we cried when we would see our balloons fly away."

Ngqoyiyana got into photography by taking behind the scenes photos in music video sets. Her first gig as a photographer was a matric ball, and she recently started directing music videos.

The photos for Love Through My Eyes took "roughly three weeks" to make, and are all self-portraits. A confessed shy person, for a long time Ngqoyiyana wasn't happy with her appearance. "I can be whoever I want to be with self-portraits, and I am not so conscious about the way I look," she says.

"When I started taking pictures I was at a stage in my life where I was depressed and anxious, because I didn't have a career, and with no tertiary education," says Ngqoyiyana. "I felt I was "wasting away," she says. "Self-portraits were more of an escape, or a 'pretend like I am doing more than I actually am.' But after seeing the reception on the Internet, I did more."

Love Through My Eyes ran for a day on the 10th of November in Observatory, Cape Town. As a result of the amazing reception, says Ngqoyiyana, more prints of her work are on the way.

Photo courtesy of Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana


Photo courtesy of Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana

Photo courtesy of Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana

Photo courtesy of Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana

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