All your #SAMAXXI Nominees

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It's been a great year in South African music, and this has been reflected by the strength of the musicians on display at the Rand Club, where the nominees for the 21st South African Music Awards were announced. This year's awards have been dubbed #SAMAXXI and growth and change are both afoot this year. 

Beatenberg, who, last year managed to break the record for number of weeks at number one in South Africa, will be feeling great after receiving nominations in four categories including Best Album. However, when you consider that they compete against Cassper Nyovest in two of those categories (Best Album and Newcomer), it just reminds you how competitive these SAMAs will be. Competition is only a testament to quality and when you consider that KO (3 nominations,) AKA (3 Nominations) Duncan and Jimmy Nevis (2 Nominations) are all in the running it's clear that both are in abundance. 

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Here are all of your nominees for this #SAMAXXI Who do you think is going to take it? 

Duo or Group of the Year

Beatenberg - The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Bittereinder - Skerm
BlackByrd - Home
McCoy Mrubata - Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2
The Soil - Nostalgic Moments

Female Artist of the Year

Bucie - Princess of House (Easy to Love)
Lulu Dikana - I Came to Love
Maleh - You Make My Heart Go
Moneoa - Ndim Lo
Simphiwe Dana - Firebrand

Male Artist of the Year

AKA - Levels
Cassper Nyovest - Tsholofelo
Jimmy Nevis - The Masses
K.O. - Skhanda Republic
Ringo Madlingozi - Vulani

Newcomer of the Year

Beatenberg - The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Cassper Nyovest - Tsholofelo
Duncan - Street Government
Howie Combrink - Eat it While it’s Hot
Jeremy Loops -  Trading Change

Best Kwaito Album
Lvovo Derrango - The Boss
PHI and Ginger - Licence to Hustle
Professor - University of KalawaJazmee Since 1994
Thebe - The Legend
Trompies - Delicious

Album of the Year
Cassper Nyovest - Tsholofelo
K.O - Skhanda Republic
Beatenberg - Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
The Soil - Nostalgic Moments
Vulani - Ngiyagodola

Best Rap Album
AKA - Levels
Duncan - Street Government
Cassper Nyovest - Tsholofelo
K.O - Skhanda Republic
Reason - Audio High Definition

Remix of the Year
DJ Sbu, Robbie Malinga & Mojalefa Thebe - DJ Sbu - Indlela Yam
Select Play - Duncan - Tsiki Tsiki
Goldfish - Goldfish - Moonwalk Away (Goldfish Moon Landing Mix) Radio Edit
Heavy K - Heavy K - Personal Paradise
Riky Rick - Riky Rick - Amantombazane

Best Engineer of the Year
Brian O'Shea, Crighton Goodwill & Marius Brouwer - Johnny Apple - Johnny Apple
Dave Reynolds & Peter Pearlson - The Light of Day - Dave Reynolds
Peter Auret - Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2 - McCoy Mrubata
Brendyn "Rusti" Rossouw - Let The Night In - Prime Circle
Jürgen von Wechmar, Rogan Kelsey, Ross Fink & Jaziel Sommers - Ascension - Toya Delazy

Best Producer
Lulu Dikana & Powella Tiemo - I Came To Love - Lulu Dikana
Ewald Jansen van Rensburg - Negatives - Monark
Denholm George Harding - Let The Night In - Prime Circle
David Scott - KIFF - The Kiffness
Wouter Kellerman & Ricky Kej - Winds Of Samsara - Wouter Kellerman

Music Video of the Year

Alessio Bettocchi - Yaya - DJ Dimplez ft Dream Team and Anati
Mzi Kumalo - Turn You On - Mi Casa
Ryan Kruger - Let The Night In - Prime Circle
Kyle Lewis - In Defense Of My Art - Tumi Molekane
Zakes Bantwini - Ghetto - Zakes Bantwini

Best Live DVD
Benjamin Dube - Renewal in His Presence
Krone - Krone Live
Lira - First Decade
Spirit Of Praise - Spirit Of Praise Vol. 5
Various Artists - Innibos is Groot 2014 "Live"

Best Alternative Album
Bittereinder - Skerm
Bye Beneco - Space Elephant
Dassie- Mistress
Jeremy Loops - Trading Change
Tailor - Light

Best African Adult Album
Kelly Khumalo - Back To My Roots
Maleh - You Make My Heart Go
Max-Hoba - Traveling Man
Ringo Madlingozi - Vulani
Simphiwe Dana - Firebrand

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Khaya Mthethwa - The Uprising Limited Edition
Loyiso Bala - Power Love Sound
Ndo Dlakadla - Rhythm of Worship
Tebello Sukwene - He's Alive
Word and Life - Freedom

Best Traditional Faith Music
Andile Ka Majola - Chapter 6 Ujehova Ungibiyele
Rebecca Malope - Ama VIP
Rofhiwa Manyanga - Victory in the Blood
S'fiso Ncwane - Bayede Baba
Worship House - Live Project 11

Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album
CH2 Guitar Duo - Soos In Die Ou Dae
Charl du Plessis Trio - Baroqueswing
Tony Cox - Padkos
University of Pretoria Camerata - Phoenix
Wouter Kellerman - Winds of Samsara
Worship House - Live Project 11

Best RnB, Soul and Reggae
Afrotraction - For The Lovers
Lulu Dikana - I Came To Love
Moneoa - Ndim Lo
The Soil - Nostalgic Moments
Vusi Nova - Did it for Love

Best Jazz Album
Herbie Tsoaeli - African Time Quartet in Concert
Kyle Shepherd Trio - Dream State
Marcus Wyatt & Language 12 - Maji Maji in the Land of Milk & Honey
McCoy Mrubata - Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2
Nduduzo Makhathini - Mother Tongue

Best Maskandi Album
Abakamnyandu - KoMalume
Amawele Ka Mamtshawe - Mhla Uphelamandla
Ichwane Lebhaca - Ohulumeni
Maqhinga Radebe - I Facebook
Thokozani Langa - Igema Lami

Best Traditional Music Album
Botlhale Boikanyo - Spoken Word & Music
Brian Finch - Living for Yesterday
Imfez'emnyama - Palesa
Impumelelo - Isiporoporo
Qadasi (David Jenkins) - Uhambo Olusha

Best Kontemporêre Musiek Album
Adam Tas - Want Jy Is Boer
Chris Chameleon & Daniella Deysel - Posduif
Dewald Wasserfall - ‪#‎EkEnJy
Dozi - Hande Vol Genade
Pieter Koen - Wat Die Hart Van Vol Is

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Arno Carstens - Lighting Prevails
BlackByrd - Home
Howie Combrink - Eat It While Its Hot
Josie Field - S'bongile
Niemand - Back Again

Beste Afrikaans Pop Album
Bobby van Jaarsveld - Maak 'n Wens
Eden - Nooit Oud Raak Nie
Kurt Darren - Lied Vir Die Vrou
Nádine - Skildery
Riana Nel - Die Regte Tyd

Best Pop Album
Beatenberg - Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Jimmy Nevis - The Masses
Monark - Negatives
The Kiffness - KIFF 
Toya Delazy - Ascension

Best Rock Album
aKing - Morning After
Prime Circle - Let the Night in
Reburn - Majestic
Taxi Violence - Tenfold
Zebra & Giraffe - Knuckles


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