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Season 27

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SABC1 31 Jul 2021 31 Jul 2021 Saturday, 20h00 - 22h30 1

Season 27

2021 Nominees

Album of the Year

Persistence - Bongo Riot
The Healers: The Last Chapter - Black Motion
Once Upon A Time in Lockdown - Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa (Scorpion Kings)
I Am The King of Amapiano: Sweet & Dust - Kabza De Small
Back to Love - Junior Taurus
Duo / Group of the Year
Ama Roto EP - Reece Madlisa & Zuma
Musical Kings - MFR Souls
Once Upon A Time in Lockdown - Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa (Scorpion Kings)
Shonamalanga - Mas Musiq & Aymos
We Made It - Mi Casa

Female Artist of the Year

On the Frontline - Reign Africa
Spiritual Encounter - Bucy Radebe
What a Life - Sho Madjozi
Xola Moya Wam' - Nomcebo Zikode
Your Kingdom on Earth - Hle

Male Artist of the Year

To The World & Beyond - Sun-El Musician
Persistence - Bongo Riot
I Am The King of Amapiano: Sweet & Dust - Kabza De Small
For the Groovists - Oscar Mbo
Back to Love - Junior Taurus

Newcomer of the Year

Jesus is Enough - Xolly Mncwango
On the Frontline - Reign Africa
Africado - BandaBanda & The Crocodiles
Ingoma - Azana
Spiritual Encounter - Bucy Radebe

Best Rock Album

Chrome Neon Jesus - Ethyl Ether
Here's to the Now - Nathan Smith
Orange Sunshine - Yum Yuck
The Devils Cattle - Ruff Majik
Nothing's Gonna Change - Oooth

Best Pop Album

11:11 - Rowlene
I Don't Sleep - Jethro Tait
Tribes & Angels - Locnville
Sugar - Mark Stent
She - Amy Lilley

Best Pop Album

2021 - Die Heuwels Fantasties
Die Toekoms is Synth - Synth Peter
Twintig20 - Brendan Peyper
Gewigloos - Juan Boucher
Gemaklik  Verlore - Christa Visser

Best Adult Contemporary Album

In the Kingdom of the Aloes - amaFranx
Repaired - Jack Atlantic
Rise - Ndlovu Youth Choir
Take Me To The River - Connell Cruise
The South African Songbook - Kurt Darren & The Soweto Gospel Choir

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

Wandel in my Woning - Refentse
Herverbeel - Die Heuwels Fantasties
Net Geleen - Bernice West
Monumentaal - Ruhan Du Toit
Spontaan - Riaan Benadê

Best African Adult Contemporary Album

Umsebenzi - Sjava
Isambulo - 1020 Cartel Artists
Amakhaya - Max - Hoba
Bamako - Simphiwe Dana
Buhlebendalo - Chosi

Best Alternative Music Album

Mania/Post Mania - Yellow House
iimini - Bongeziwe Mabandla
Hot Mess - Evert Snyman
Filth and Wisdom - The Medicine Dolls
Ebusuku - Th&o

Best R&B/Soul Album

A Force To Be Reckoned With - Thando
LANGA - Langa Mavuso
Sindisiwe - LaSauce
Small World - Ricky Tyler
Uhambo - Soul Kulture

Best Hip Hop Album

4436 - Boity
Nadia Naked II - Nadia Nakai
Zulu With Some Power - Nasty C
POPSTAR - Yanga Chief
Zakwe & Duncan - Zakwe & Duncan

Best Kwaito Album

Sgubhu OverDoze - Lvovo & Danger
Endaweni - Darkie Fiction
Don't Lose Hope - Sukiripapa
Bhut'Madlisa - Mampintsha
Ama Roto EP - Reece Madlisa & Zuma

Best Dance Album

To The World & Beyond - Sun-El Musician
For The Groovists - Oscar Mbo
Xola Moya Wam' - Nomcebo Zikode
The Healers: The Last Chapter - Black Motion
We Made It - Mi Casa

Best Traditional Faith Music Album

Project 17 - Chapter 2 - Worship House
Buya Nkosi - Thinah Zungu
Spiritual Encounter - Bucy Radebe
Wathi Eloyi Eloyi - Sipho Makhabane
Izulu - Sneziey

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

Devotion - Nqubeko Mbatha
Face 2 Face - Collen Maluleke
Jesus is Enough - Xolly Mncwango
Your Kingdom on Earth - Hle
The Promised Revival Part One - Tshwane Gospel Choir

Best African Indigenous Faith Music Album

Makhosi Akithi - Vuma Zion
Izwi Lakho - Mandlethu Gospel Singers
Katlehong Gospel Choir Artist Development - Katlehong Gospel Choir Artist Development
Sithembe Wena Nkosi - JTG Gospel Choir
Enyokumkhonza - Enyonini Mission Ministries

Rest of Africa Award

Unity Album - Buffalo Souljah
A Better Time - Davido
Made in Lagos - Wizkid
Midnight Train - Sauti Sol
Songs in the Key of Love - Berita

Best Traditional Album

Love and War - Henny C
What a Life - Sho Madjozi
Angeke Bakuthande Boke - Smangele
Shebeen Queen - Vusi Mahlasela
Ndavhuko - Vendaboy Poet

Best Maskandi

Amagupta - iChwane Lebhaca
Ziyangiluma Izinja - Phuzekhemisi
Iqatha Eliziqobayo - Thokozani Langa
Banathi Shaqa - Imithente
Imfene Kamakhelwane - Abafana Baka Mgqumeni

Best Jazz Album

Africado - BandaBanda & The Crocodiles
An Open Dialogue - Linda Sikhakhane
iHubo Labomdabu - Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane
Modes of Communication: Letters From The Underworlds - Nduduzo Makhathini
Thandi Ntuli (Live at Jazzwerkstatt) - Thandi Ntuli

Best Classical/Instrumental Album

Live in Cape Town - Guy Buttery & Derek Gripper
Imagine - Charles du Plessis Trio
Live in Lisbon - Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery
Tek'o - CH2
We've All Known The Times - Wouter Kellerman

Best Afro Pop Album

Ingoma - Azana
Molimo - Manu Worldstar
Ngumama - Vusi Nova
The Voice of Africa - Kelly Khumalo
Tugela Fairy: Made of Stars - Simmy

Best Live Audio Visual Recording of the Year

Your Kingdom on Earth - Hle
The Throne (Live Edition) - Presss
Spiritual Encounter - Bucy Radebe
My Hart Klop Refentse - Refentse
A Journey to the World & Beyond - Sun-El Musician

Best Collaboration

Uthando - Darque featuring Zakes Bantwini
Ek Like Hoe Jy Dans - Chê featuring Snotkop
Mali Eningi - Big Zulu featuring Riky Rick & Intaba Yase Dubai
Senzeni - Mthandazo Gatya featuring Comado & DJ Manzo SA
Yehla Moya - Da Capo & Nduduzo Makhathini featuring Omagugu

Best Produced Music Video

Where is the DJ by Malumz on Decks featuring Khanyisa - Oscar Nyathi
Qhawe - Made to Create by Toya Delazy - Kyle Lewis & Vjorn Tucker
Mamela by Mi Casa - Katya Abedian
Lucky Star by K.O - Adam Zackon & Dale Fortune
Hosh by Prince Kaybee featuring Sir Trill - Ofentse

Best Produced Album of the Year

In the Beginning was the End by Manana - Manana & Noble
Ithemba by Luyolo - Marcus MC & Andy Keys
Umsebenzi by Sjava - Delaydem, Ruff, Webmoms, Zadok &Vuyo Manyike
Tugela Fairy: Made of Stars by Simmy - Sun-El Musician, Claudio Wayde, Da Capo, Mpho Mohlolong
The Healers: The Last Chapter - Black Motion

Best Engineered Album of the Year

Swingle Bells by Jonathan Roxmouth - Adam Howard
Goodluck Upclose by Goodluck - Murray Anderson & Andrew Rawborn
Isambulo by 1020 Cartel Artists - Mfanafuthi Ruff
The Second Coming by Kid Tini - James Smals, Kitie, Ron Epidemic & Tweezy
Inganekwane by Zoe Modiga - Papi Diretsi & Songo Oyama

Remix of the Year

Jerusalema - Kid Fonque
Ndanele - Dwson
Sala Nabani - Sun-El Musician, Claudio & Kenza
Speak Lord - Sculpturedmusic
Yehla Moya - Da Capo

Best Reggae Album

The Journey - Ras Canly
Persistence - Bongo Riot
My Music - Freeky
On the Frontline - Reign Africa
Empathy Riddim - Lavoro Duro

Best Amapiano Album

Musical Kings - MFR Souls
Back to Love - Junior Taurus
I Am The King of Amapiano: Sweet & Dust - Kabza De Small
Once Upon A Time In Lockdown - Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa (Scorpion Kings)
Shonamalanga - Mas Musiq & Aymos

Best Gqom Album

We Don't Play the Same Gqom - Que
Make Cape Town Great Again - Mshayi & Mr Thela
Isiqalo - DragerNation
InzaloYekwaito - Zinaro
Idando Kazi - Babes Wodumo

Record of The Year

Jerusalema - Master KG ft Nomcebo
You're the One - Elaine
eMcimbini - Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa
Xola Moya Wam' - Nomcebo Zikode ft Master KG
Love Letter - Blaq Diamond
Molo - Aubrey Qwana
uBomi Abumanga - Sun-El Musician ft Msaki
uWrongo - Prince Kaybee, Black Motion, Shimza & Ami Faku
Empini - Kelly Khumalo
Amanikiniki - MFR Souls ft Major League Djz, Kamo Mphela & Bontle Smith
Tender Love - Sha Sha ft DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small
Price to Pay - Miss Pru ft Blaq Diamond & Malome Vector
Umona - TNS ft Mpumi
Keep it Together - Matthew Mole
Ngihamba Nawe - Simmy feat. Sino Msolo
Summer YoMuthi - Blaq Diamond
Love You Tonight - MFR Souls ft Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa & Sha Sha
SAD - Jethro Tait
Fixate - Shekhinah feat. Bey T
Your Love - Azana

Music Video of The Year

Amanikiniki - MFR Souls Feat. Major League DJz, Kamo Mphela & Bontle Smith
Uwrongo - Prince Kaybee Feat. Black Motion, Shimza & Ami Faku
Tender Love - Sha Sha Feat. DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small
Price To Pay - Miss Pru Feat. Blaq Diamond & Malome Vector
Jerusalema - Master KG Feat. Nomcebo
Lover 4 Life - Ayanda Jiya Feat. Stogie T
Dumelang - Malome Vector Feat. Blaq Diamond
Gabadiya - Semi Tee Feat. Kammu Dee & Miano
Molo - Aubrey Qwana
There They Go - Nasty C
Njandini - Kwesta
You're The One - Elaine
Lorch - DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small Feat. Semi Tee, Miano & Kammu Dee
Ayabonga - TNS & Skillz Feat. Le Soul
Okokoko - Sphectacula & DJ Naves Feat. Thebe & Unathi
Eazy - Nasty C
Ke Star - Focalistic Feat. Vigro Deep
One By One - Rouge Feat. AKA
Your Love - Azana
Paris - Shane Eagle Feat. Nasty C

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