It's almost #SAMA time again and artists far and wide, outside of SA and inside are excited. This is probably one of the biggest nights for many artists in the industry but it's an even bigger night for the nominees.
This year, the pool has been opened to the young newcomers. There's going to be a lot of fresh faces gracing the event which is set to take place on the 18th of May. Without wasting anymore time, here's the list of the categories we're especially interested in.
Best Collaboration Album
The past year has seen some of the best collaborative work to come out of our music industry so this category must've been difficult to put together. The hopefuls we're expecting to see take it are Distruction Boyz or Sun El Musician. They both had the most played songs from last year.
Music Video of The Year
Apart from collaborations, the quality of music videos coming from South Africa was elevated. We think this'll be a close one between 'Naaa Mean', 'Spirit' and 'Don't Do It'.
Best African Artist Album
This one expands the pool to outside SA with the famed 'Maradona' singer Niniola being added to the nominees list along with her Nigerian brother Wizkid. We're expecting this one to go to Niniola. Strictly because of popular demand.
Best Afro Pop Album
This one's still got some old faces with a splash of a new brought forth by Blaq Diamond. We see Ntando coming back into the fold, with Robbie Malinga, Mafikizolo and Zahara. No surprises there, but Ambitiouz is always 'unexpectedly' winning these so you never know.
Best Jazz Album
For the Best Jazz Album our eyes are set on Nduduzo Makhathini, Zöe Modiga and Simphiwe Dana. Zöe's been one to always have our eyes upon more especially now. Her debut album is critically praised and she's ushering in the future of soul and jazz. So, hey.
Best Dance Album
Of course, Prince Kaybee is in the mix with MiCasa, Lady Zamar, DJ Ganyani and DJ Merlon joining him in the category. Who might go home with it? We scheme between Prince Kaybee and Lady Zamar.
Best Kwaito Album
For the first time in a while, we see the ladies rules this category which is usually taken over by the boys. Chomee, Busiswa and the Trendsetters outnumber Team Mosha and Mashabela Galane for the title. Of course, we foresee Busiswa getting this one.
Best Hip Hop Album
To no one's surprise, Cassper's third offering 'Thuto' isn't part of this list. Mainly because he didn't submit it. But the usual suspects stepped up. That means Riky Rick, Rouge, Shane Eagle, Emtee and Da LES. We're not too sold on who should take this one home but we'll say it's between rouge, Shane and Riky.
Best R&B/Soul & Reggae Album
For this one we look to crowd favourite Afrotraction to take it home. But then again, Cici's 'Busisiwe' has been getting rave reviews and Ambitiouz could do it's magic trick and have her win.
Other hopefuls we're holding out for are
Bongeziwe Mabandla's 'Mangaliso' to win Best Alternative Album
Tribute Birdie Mboweni's self titled album to win Best African Adult Contemporary
Shekhinah's 'Rosegold' to win Best Pop Album.
Check out the full list of nominees here.
We're hyped and can't wait for the 18th of May to come through. To all the nominees, congratulations.
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