The 16th annual SAMA awards have come and gone, and they were spectacular to say the least! From the audio-visual aspects, to the performances and even the brilliant host Trevor Noah, these awards ran seamlessly and were truly something that we as a country should be proud of :) Below is a list of the winners, a few photos and some of my commentary.
Album of the Year Big Nuz for Undisputed
Duo or Group of the Year Jaziel Brothers for The Journey
Female Artist of the Year Lira for Live In Concert: A Celebration
I really admire Lira as an artist. She’s a brilliant musician, has a great vibe about her and I think her music is very unifying. However, I was slightly disappointed that she won awards for the second year in a row, based on old material.
Male Artist of the Year Black Coffee for Home Brewed
Newcomer of the Year Tshepo Mngoma for People And Places
MTN Record of the Year Umlilo - Big Nuz featuring Tira
These guys are brilliant performers! I wish I could understand Zulu though, simply so I could fully appreciate their music :P haha. They very deservedly won album of the year, song of the year and kwaito album of the year.
Best Afrikaans Traditional Music Album Klipwerf Orkes - Hantam Carnival
Best Adult Contemporary Album: Afrikaans
Chris Chameleon - Kyk Hoe Lyk Ons Nou
Best Afrikaans Gospel Album Retief Burger - Luidkeels Oorgegee
Best Kiddies Album: Afrikaans Nedine Blom - Supercool Vir Jesus
Best Country Music Album Ray Dylan - Goeie Ou Country
Best Rock Album: Afrikaans Jan Blohm - 7 Jaar
Best Alternative Music Album: Afrikaans
Die Heuwels Fantasties - Die Heuwels Fantasties
Best Pop Album: Afrikaans Bobby Van Jaarsveld - Net Vir Jou
Best Sokkie Dans Album Die Campbells - Mamma Maria
Best Afrikaans DVD Juanita Du Plessis - 10 Jaar Platinum Treffers Live
Best Adult Contemporary Album: English Dear Reader - Replace Why With Funny
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album Proxy - The Call
Best Kiddies Album: English Gcina Mhlophe - Songs And Stories Of Africa
Best Rock Album: English The Parlotones - Stardust Galaxies
I love the Parlies, don’t get me wrong, but I would’ve been insanely stoked if Voodoo Child had won this award.
Best Alternative Music Album: English BLK JKS - After Robots
Best Pop Album: English Axene – 16
This lady is SO talented! I’m incredibly happy that she won - she’s going places in SA music, wait and see.
Best Global Chart DVD Lira - Live In Concert: A Celebration
Best Popular Classical Album
Daniel Rowland And Stellenbosch University Camerata - Vivaldi / Piazzolla Seasons
Best Instrumental Album
Guy Buttery - Fox Hill Lane
Best Traditional Jazz Album Tutu Puoane - Quiet Now
Best Contemporary Jazz Album Adam Glasser - Free At First
Best Jazz/Instrumental/Popular Classical DVD Wouter Kellerman - Colour Live In Concert
Best Music Video of the Year Francis Gavin & Jolyon Ellis for Push Me To The Floor by The Parlotones
Best Producer Brian O’Shea for Fruitbats & Crows by Farryl Purkiss
Best Engineer Ishmael Morabe & DJ Swami for On The Edge by Ishmael
Remix Of The Year DJ Nutty Nys for K’zogo K’zogozogo (Summer Anthem) – Nutty Nys Remix by Deep Level
Best Album Packaging Craig Wells for Who Do You Trust by Cassette
Best South Sotho Music (SeSotho) Album Koete - Tharisa Ea Matsoapo No.4
Best Tsonga Music (XiTsonga) Album Thomas Chauke - Shimatsatsa No 29
Best Venda Music (TshiVenda) Album Ntshengedzeni Maligana – Mathada Vol. 2
Best Mbhaqanga Album Oflende - Pajero
Best Traditional A Capella Album African Cream Freedom Choir - Freedom Songs
Best Adult Contemporary Album: African Bhudaza - Likhomo
Best African Contemporary Gospel Album Jay - Worship Unlimited Vol. 1
Best Traditional African A Capella Gospel Album Amadodana Ase Wesile - Jesu Wena Ungu Mhlobo
Best Alternative Music Album: African Joe Nina - Unchained
Best Traditional/African Adult Contemporary African DVD Solly Mahlangu - Obrigado
Best Urban Gospel Album Bongi & Collin - Makadunyiswe
Best Urban Pop Album Jozi - Wild Life
Best Urban Dance Album Black Coffee - Home Brewed
Best R&B/Neo-Soul Album Brian Temba - Something Better
Best Rap Album Teargas - Dark Or Blue
Best Kwaito Album Big Nuz - Undisputed
Best Mobile download
Check out that incredible haircut! ;)
Then, as usual, there is the yearly fashion comparison of dresses at the awards. My favourite was definitely Bonang - she looked incredible, as every year
And, the worst was definitely a tie between Thandiswa and Camgwini
Lady Gaga rip off or bucket lady?
This dress nearly knocked Jon Savage off stage, haha. Too funny :)
Overall, another successful SAMAs event! Congrats to all the winners and to the event organizers for putting on such a brilliant show!
We all have those musicians/bands whose music can instantly transform our day from ordinary to incredible! :) Mine would definitely have to be the strange, but highly entertaining, Jax Panik! This rather popular muso from Belville has made it big in the news recently for being the first South African artist ever to solely distribute and perform his music online. And, his unique approach has definitely worked for him, if his popularity is anything to go by.
Although pop music is not generally the sort of thing I listen to, anybody (regardless of your taste in music) will agree that this music makes you smile :)
Take a listen here:
*Cigarettes and Cinnamon (the ending is too classic, haha)
I, under Rock Out Radio, had the privilege of interviewing one of South Africa’s most talented up-and-coming vocalists, Eden Michelle, whom, despite being young, has already walked an exciting musical path that can be envied by many a musician! We spoke to her and found out a bit more about her and what has shaped her musically:
You are a hugely successful artist and at such a young age! When did you start to develop a deep interest in music and take it seriously?
It started when I was six years old, and I began classical piano lessons. From there, I entered many local competitions, playing piano. Then, when I was thirteen, I gave up classical music and started to write my own songs and my brother then took me to a recording studio soon after to record my songs. Several record labels were interested in my music, and from there, my passion for the industry just grew and I began to work towards a future in music.
Which artists have been a major influence in your music?
Vanessa Carlton’s song, 1000 miles (a song of mainly piano and vocals), inspired me to write songs based with piano and vocals and Avril Lavigne’s music motivated me to become better at guitar and write more rock songs.
Which local bands and musicians do you enjoy listening to?
I am a big fan of Holly and the Woods, the Dirty Skirts, Voodoo Child, David Aldo and Lonehill Estate.
How have your family and friends influenced your musical career?
They have supported me at all my performances and encouraged me never to give up. My brother insisted I started piano, and persisted that I focus on music as a career and my Polish piano teacher gave me the love and passion for music.
What do you enjoy most about working in the South African music industry?
I love the different variety of music found amongst all the bands in our country and how we’re not all classified into specific genres. Because of our mixed South African influence, we are all very versatile.
In your career as a musician, you’ve obviously had the opportunity to play your music at many places for a lot different people. What has your favourite show been and what made it so special?
A gig I performed at Fourways for the launch of a TV program called Next On Stage. The sound was perfect, as was the audience, and there were cameras everywhere recording it. The crowd singing my lyrics back to me made it extremely special. The excitement of having Mushroom Productions producing the show also contributed to this, and I am fortunate enough to have them and Saspre productions managing and promoting me now.
Tell us about your amazing debut album, Broken Truth, for which you wrote all the songs. What inspired the themes and topics for the songs you write?
The main themes are definitely falling in love, having your heart broken, losing someone close to you and life’s experiences. My single, Scream, was written for one of my friends at school who didn’t really fit in and tried so hard to be accepted.
Tell us briefly about the song-writing process for you.
I get inspired by people’s life stories and experiences. I’ll write a story about them and turn the story into music. For example, whilst traveling home one day I found out that one of my good friends had been diagnosed with cancer, and it hit me hard. When I came home that day, I wrote a song about it in 15 minutes and I recorded it the following day. That is my song Brave, which is now the theme song for the Cancer Awareness Association. People can support this by downloading it at www.max3.com, as all proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Association. This song is being used on a compilation with artists of the calibre such as Sheryl Crow.
How did it feel to see your very own album out in stores, and your songs played on radio stations around the country?
It was the most amazing feeling in the world! When I first heard Scream on national radio, I cried! I was so overwhelmed by all the positive comments and phone calls that poured into the radio stations! Rock Out Radio also supported me greatly by streaming every single song on my album, and getting them well-known, helping me greatly. My songs are also being playlisted on Australian radio which is very cool.
There has been talk lately of overseas interest in you. What is happening exactly with that?
I have been invited by AEG from America to open up for some international artists in the future. I’ve also been given the opportunity to tour the U.K. and Europe, with a manager who is prepared to introduce me to big names in the industry.
What is your ultimate goal for your music?
I’d love to tour the world, performing at festivals, and make people more aware about important social issues in our world through my music. I’d also like to eventually have a recording studio overseas to record and produce other artists, and have my own record label, once I’ve reached my sell-by date!
Is there any other interesting news that you would like to share with your fans?
I’m in the process of doing a collaboration with DJ Mark Stent, who will be launching our song at Nicci Beach. It’ll be a new style of house music, and very different to what I usually do.
If people would like to find out more about you and your music, where should they go?
I love art… the weirder and more interesting the medium, the better :) I found this guy, Kevin van Aelst, by chance, and I was super impressed with his work.
Van Aelst takes ordinary things in life and tries to rearrange them in interesting ways to form art. His main goal for his artworks are to hint that the little things in life are capable of displaying large ideas - I think it’s brilliant. Take a look at some of his works:
ASCII art (making art out of keyboard characters) has been around for a while, but I’m still just as fascinated by it now as I was a few years ago when I found out about it. It always astounds me that someone ever thought of using this as a “medium”, and the careful planning it takes to make an image with characters.
These are some of my favourites:
Pretty cool huh? Also… I found a cool website to cheat, and make your own ASCII art easily ;) Give it a try, it’s really fun to play around with: