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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Featured, Music, South Africa | 3 comments

SAMA 2012 Awards: All The Winners

So, after the mini-debacle that was the 2011 SAMA Awards at Monte Casino last year, this year saw the biggest event in South African music returning to its sort-of-ancestral home in Sun City. A revamped format now covering two separate award nights saw the first (Sunday) focusing on the technical awards and the second (Monday) on the music performance awards.

This compacted format allowed for a more punchy ceremony on Monday evening that was broadcast live on SABC and made for a pretty slick, not overly long, awards presentation.

Official titled The 18th Annual South African Music Awards, the 2012 SAMA Awards could easily have been renamed The 2010 Zahara Awards, with the hugely talented and popular songstress picking up an amazing six awards on the night (to add to the two she collected on the first night of awards!)


And The Winners Were:

Best Alternative Album

  • The Dirty Skirts for Lost In The Fall

Best Kiddies Album

  • Wendy Oldfield for Singalong Kidz Volume 2

Best Smooth Urban Music Album

  • Zahara for Loliwe

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

  • The Plain Truth for We Are The Shining Ones

Best Classical and Instrumental Album

  • CH2 for Ping

Best Collaboration

  • Zahara featuring Georgy for Incwad’Encane

Best Jazz Album

  • Jimmy Dludlu for Tonota

Best Pop Album

  • Lloyd Cele for One

Best African Adult Album

  • Zonke for Ina Ethe

Best Rock Album

  • Shadowclub for Guns and Money

Best Traditional Music Album

  • Soul Brothers for Amaphutha

Best Traditional Faith Music Album

  • Solly Mahlangu for Mwamba Mwamba

Best Street Urban Music Album

  • AKA for Altar Ego

Best Sokkie Dans Album

  • Snotkop for Ek Laaik Van Jol

Best Adult Contemporary Album

  • Elvis Blue for Elvis Blue (2CD Special Edition)

Best Maskandi Album

  • Thokozani Langa for I-Protection Order

Best Kwaito Album

  • Big Nuz for Pound for Pound

Best Dance Album

  • Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music

Special Award:  Best Selling Album

  • Loliwe by Zahara

Special Award:  MTN Best Selling Mobile Music Download

  • Facebook by DJ Cleo

Newcomer of the Year

  • Zahara for Loliwe

Duo/Group of the Year

  • Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music

Male Artist of the Year

  • AKA for Altar Ego

Female Artist of the Year

  • Zahara for Loliwe

MTN Record of the Year

  • Mi Casa for These Streets

Album of the Year

  • Loliwe by Zahara


And the Winners for Night #1:

Best Producer

  • Dan Roberts for Six Winters by Laurie Levine

Best Engineer

  • Johan van der Colff for Loliwe by Zahara

Best Video of the Year

  • Ryan Peimer for It’s Magic by The Parlotones

Best Live DVD

  • Simphiwe Dana for An Evening with Simphiwe Dana (Live in Concert)

Remix of the Year

  • DJ Sbu for Lengoma featuring Zahara

Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Ray Phiri
  • Vusi Mahlasela

Best Selling True-Tone Download of the Year

  • Facebook by DJ Cleo

Best Selling Ring-Back-Tone of the Year

  • Facebook by DJ Cleo

Best Selling Full-Track Download of the Year

  • Loliwe by Zahara

SAMPRA Most Played Song on South African Radio in 2011

  • Alone by Liquideep

More info on the Official Site:


  1. this is nt ALL the winners is it? What about the awards from the first nite?

    • Quite right Jonas. An oversight on my part that will be rectified as soon as possible. Thanks for pointing that out – we dig it when readers keep us sharp!

    • And we are fixed. Sharp sharp ne?!

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