The 24th annual South African Music Awards took over Sun City from Friday 01 June – Saturday 01 June in honour of the best in our local music industry, or so says the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA).
While there is much to say about the awards; who was there, who wore what, who shaded who, we’re really more concerned with the fact that talented women got the recognition they deserved. We’d like to think it has something to do with RISA having named their first black woman in history to chair the SAMAs.
Ntuthuko Mdluli left her music career quite early on to dive into the business of music which now sees her overseeing the 24th edition of the biggest local music awards body and show.
As the history of women at the SAMAs go, it has been quite bleak but this year’s class of women musicians were given their dues and it is about time. We thought it best to make sure this was documented somewhere on the internet, so here it is – a full list of all the women that won at the 24th Annual South African Music Awards
Best Kwaito Album – Busiswa
Busiswa won South African over with her distinctive voice and Xhosa lyrics over house and gqom beats. Most loved for her work on Dj Zinhle’s ‘My Name Is,’ the vocal star has gone on to be featured in the Black Panther movie, in Cosmopolitan South Africa’s ‘Gqom Kweens’ spread and covered Bona Magazines May 2018 issue. Her album, Highly Favoured was released in December 2017.
Best International Achievement – Shashika Mooruth
Shashika Mooruth is a versatile and independent artiste from S.Africa. She is also a Billboard artiste and a Grammy voting member. Widely traveled to more than twenty-five countries, her voice with its unique timbre is her passport to much acclaim. She has had the honor of performing for a select audience at the United Nations in May 2006 receiving overwhelming applause. The late world-renowned Pakistani singer and Grammy winner Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Saheb heard her sing in Mumbai and was all praise for her talent and voice which he described as ‘steeped in soul and emotion’.
Best Dance Album – Lady Zamar
One of the most recognizable voices for the local and international house music industry, Lady Zamar finally released her solo album King Zamar in November 2017. Her vocal features alongside big name dj’s have gone on to enjoy wide airplay and many awards not due to the beats only but Lady Zamar’s hypnotic melodies and vocals and now it is her turn.
Best Newcomer, Best Female Artist, Album of the Year – Shekhinah
Shekhinah is a Pop/R&B vocalist and songwriter born in Durban. She recently completed a Music Performance degree at AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance). The young artist landed her first major gig competing in South Africa’s seventh Season of the hit television show, IDOLS, where she made Top 32. After being eliminated from the competition, Shekhinah proceeded to enter the competition in its 8th season where she landed in the Top 6 of the overall competition. Shekhinah released her debut album, Rosegold to much acclaim with critics and fans singing the album’s praises.
Best Traditional Music Album – Jessica Mbangeni
Once South Africa’s only woman imbongi, Jessica Mbangeni made her mark as a praise-singer when she joined Soweto Gospel Choir in 2002, touring the world in Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and performing in 37 North American cities in 2005 alone. Some of Mbangeni’s career highlights include performing at the prestigious 46664 concert in Cape Town and the South African President, Thabo Mbeki’s second inauguration in 2004.
Best African Artist – Simphiwe Dana
She made a major impact in South Africa with the release in 2004 of Zandisile. The album sold very well and gained several awards, including South African Music Award (SAMA) in 2005. On its worldwide release the album gained success in the Billboard charts and she won an AVO Session Basel Award. This awards comes on her release of The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience.
Best Music Video of the Year – Alex Fynn & Rouge
Rouge’s film project, New Era Sessions has enjoyed immense success since its release, winning a SAHHA and a SAFTA. Now, her video ‘Arumtumtum’ has taken the SAMA for the best music video. Rouge da Rapper is recognised for her artistic flair, creative punchlines and can’t miss red hair. Even as an independent artist, Rouge has built a strong youth following, both in South Africa and the rest of the continent, since joining the music scene in early 2015. She has achieved great success, with ten hit singles, most notably “Mbongo Zaka”, “No Strings” and “Sheba Nwgan O” Rouge has been dubbed one of the top 14 influencers to lookout for in Africa by C.S.A, global talent and communications agency.