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Kabza De Small Dominates, Ntokozo Mbambo Shines, and AKA Gets Posthumously Honoured at the 2023 SAMAs

Kabza De Small Dominates, Ntokozo Mbambo Shines, and AKA Gets Posthumously Honoured at the 2023 SAMAs

2023 SAMAs Award winners - Afrocritik

The 2023 SAMAs proved to be a celebration of diverse talents, paying tribute to both emerging artistes and the enduring legacy of South Africa’s music icons.

By Emmanuel Okoro

The South African Music Awards (SAMAs) 2023 unfolded in a dazzling ceremony at the SunBet Arena, where the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) revealed the outstanding talents and achievements in the nation’s music industry.

The 2023 SAMAs proved to be a celebration of diverse talents, paying tribute to both emerging artistes and the enduring legacy of South Africa’s music icons.

Amapiano maestro, Kabza De Small, stole the spotlight, clinching four impressive awards. His triumphs include “Best Produced Album” and “Best Amapiano Album” for his 2022 album, KOA II Part 1, “Best Kwaito Album” for his collaborative project, Speak n Vrostaan with Kwesta, and “Best Duo/Group of the Year”, an accolade shared with DJ Maphorisa.

Best Amapiano Album - Afrocritik

Gospel sensation, Ntokozo Mbambo, proved her mettle, taking home three SAMAs, including “Female Artiste of the Year”, “Album of the Year” and “Best Contemporary Faith Album” for her 2023 LP, Lavish Worship

Album of the Year - Ntokozo Mbambo - SAMAs - 2023 - Afrocritik

The late AKA, a towering figure in South Africa’s Hip-Hop scene, received posthumous recognition with the “Male Artiste of the Year” and the “Best Collaboration Award” for his hit single “Lemons (Lemonade)” featuring Nasty C. AKA’s final album, Mass Country, also won the “Best Engineered Album” award.

Best Collaboration - AKA - SAMAs - 2023 - Afrocritik

Best Collaboration - AKA - SAMAs - 2023 - Afrocritik

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Mörda asserted himself as a solo artiste, claiming victory in the “Best Dance Album” for his 2022 album, Asante, and “Remix of the Year” categories for his track “Ndinovalo” jointly with Yallunder.

Notable mentions include Mozambican saxophonist Moreira Chonguiça’s 2022 album, Sounds of Peace, which earned him the “Rest of Africa Award”, showcasing the diversity and richness of African musical talent.

SAMAs also paid tribute to South African luminaries who have left an indelible mark on its music industry. The “Lifetime Achievement Awards” went to Mandoza (posthumous), Bosman (posthumous), Pops Mohamed, and Ihhashi Elimhlophe.

Check out the full winners here.

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