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Kwesta, Amanda Black and Nasty C Win Big at the 2017 South African Music Awards

Kwesta is now the most awarded rapper in South African Music Awards history. See the full list of 2017 winners.

SOUTH AFRICA—The 23rd annual South African Music Awards (SAMA) took place over the weekend and it was an especially good night for the country's ever-growing rap scene.


Rap star, Kewsta had a record-breaking night with five wins, including the SAMRO Highest Airplay of the Year award, the SAMPRA highest Airplay of the Year award, Best Rap Album, Best Male Artist of the Year and Best Album of the Year for Dakar II and his single ‘Ngud’. He's now the most awarded rapper in SAMA history.

Amanda Black was next in line, taking home three awards. The 23-year-old soul singer won for Best Newcomer, Best Female Artist of the Year, Best Album of the Year and Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album. Hip hop heavyweight Nasty C took home the award for Record of the Year.

Peep the full list of 2017 winners below.

Best Newcomer of the Year - Amanda Black - Amazulu

Best Duo-Group of the Year - Black Motion - Ya Badimo

Best Female Artist of the Year - Amanda Black - Amazulu

Best Male Artist of the Year - Kwesta - Dakar II

Best Album of the Year - Kwesta - Dakar II

Record of the Year - Nasty C - Hell Naw

Best Maskandi Album - Khuzani - Inyoni yomthakathi

Best Classical Instrumental Album - Charl du Pleassis Trio - Baroqueswing Vol.II

Best Afro Pop Album - Vusi Nova - Vusi Nova

Best African Indigenous Gospel Album - Living In Christ Legends - Living In Christ Legends

Best Rock Album - Albert Frost - The Wakeup

Best Pop Album - GoodLuck - The Nature Within

Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album - Joshua na die Reen - Die Wereld Binne My

Best Rap Album - Kwesta - Darak II

Best Kwaito Album - Dr Malinga - Goodwill

Best Dance Album - Black Motion - Ya Badimo

Best Traditional Faith Music Album - Sprit of Praise - Spirit of Praise Vol.6

SAMRO Highest Airplay of the Year - Ngud - Kwesta

SAMPRA Highest Airplay of the Year - Ngud - Kwesta

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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