Handful of African artists honored with Samas


Only a handful of African artists were honored this year for their contribution to the South African music industry during the 29th annual Sama Awards (South African Music Awards).

The event took place on Saturday at the Sunbet Arena at Times Square in Menlyn, Pretoria.

Bernice West took home the award for Best Pop Album for Jonah walked away, while Francois van Coke with the award for best rock album for Can die was honored.

The musicians Jan Blohm and Ryno Velvet won the award for best contemporary album for Then I called your name harvested.

Singer Louise Carver won in the English category for best contemporary album for Dark Secrets. The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir was also nominated in this category.

Composer and conductor Franco Prinsloo and the Vox Chamber Choir walked away with the award for best classical or instrumental album of the year for the album, Fire Beast.

Award-winning chat rhymer Kiernan Forbes, commonly known as AKA, has been honored posthumously for his album, Mass Countryand was awarded the award for male artist of the year as well as best produced album of the year.

AKA was shot dead in February this year along with another person in Morningside, Durban. He was 35 years old.

Here is a complete list of the winners.