#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


Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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