Cape Town — The 29th edition of the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) took place this past weekend as Kabza de Small and AKA walked away as the biggest winners.
The event took place at the SunBet Arena in Pretoria after the KZN government pulled out of the hosting. Some of the biggest names in South African music were vying for the top prizes.
Kabza De Small was the most successful artist of the night, scooping four awards including Best Duo/Group of the Year alongside DJ Maphorisa; Best Produced Album; Best Amapiano Album, and Best Kwaito Album.
He was among a long list of artists who did not show up for the ceremony, including rap star K.O and music producer, Zakes Bantwini. Zakes was represented by his wife, singer Nandi Madida, News24 wrote.
Congratulations to the nominees and all the incredible winners of #SAMA29.
Our event partner #AfricaFest thank you for everything. 🙏🏽
Indeed we are all STRONGER TOGETHER!!! ⭐️
— The SA Music Awards (@TheSAMAs) November 19, 2023
Following Kbza’s successes, rapper AKA and gospel singer, Ntokozo Mbambo, each walked away with three awards. AKA continued his hot streak of posthumous award victories by winning Male Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration, and Best Engineered Album.
Meanwhile, Ntokozo won the awards for Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best Contemporary Faith Album.
Some of the other notable winners on the night included Makhadzi for Best Traditional Album, Morda for Best Dance Album and Mandoza winning the Lifetime Achievement Award.
There were a total of 37 awards up for grabs on the night. Take a look at the full list of winners here.
Compiled by Matthew Petersen