Entertainment 27.5.2017 11:00 pm

FULL LIST: Amanda Black scores big at the Samas, walks away with 5 awards

Amanda Black.

Amanda Black.

Yet another celebration for Ambitious records latest newcomer Amanda Black and four time nominee rapper Kwesta.

In an impressive run, Amanda Black picked up most of the top 5 awards including Best Newcomer of the Year, Best Female Artist of the Year and Best Album of the Year. Adding to her silverware is the Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album award that she won last night, making her a four time SAMA winner on her debut album. This follows having also caused a stir at this year’s Metro Music Awards which took place earlier in February.

Reinforcing his position in hip-hop was East Rand born rapper; Kwesta who walked away with three gongs in Best Male Artist of the Year, Best Rap Album and Highest Airplay this being over and above having received the award for Best Collaboration for his hit, Ngud, on Friday May 27 at the non-televised SAMA industry award, bringing his tally to four.

Dance pair Black Motion won the Best Duo/Group of the Year and Best Dance Album. The high kicking Dr Malinga snapped the Best Kwaito Album award while crooner Vusi Nova secured the Best Afro Pop Album trophy.

The star studded award show hosted by television and radio personality Somizi Mhlongo and comedian extraordinaire Tumi Morake also saw the industry pay respects to it’s own legends. Rebecca Malope, Don Laka and Babsy Mlangeni were honoured with Lifetime Achievement awards.

International soprano Pretty Yende received the International Recognition Award for her work in opera around the world.

Much to everyone’s disbelief controversial recording company Mabala Noise received no awards for most of their artists, having taken into consideration their golden-boy, Nasty C who had taken the lead with five nominations prior to the ceremony.

Complete list of winners:

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 – Amanda Black – Amazulu

Best Maskandi Album – Khuzani – Inyoni yomthakathi

Classical Instrumental Album – Charl du Pleassis Trio – Baroqueswing Vol.II

Best Afro Pop Album – Vusi Nova – Vusi Nova

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 AlbumSpirit of Praise – Spirit of Praise Vol.6

Highest Airplay of the YearNgud – Kwesta

Record of the year –  Hell Naw – Nasty C

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