Two Samas for Zahara

Yoliswa Sobuwa and Dimakatso Motau

ZAHARA might have failed to dominate the 19th SA Music Awards (Samas) on Saturday, but the Eastern Cape singer still managed to walk off with two awards.

She stole the show last year with a record eight awards.

This year she scooped the awards for best collaboration and best-selling music download.

“This is unbelievable. I am very excited. I feel so blessed and I thank everyone who has supported me on this journey,” she said.

The talented songstress is now working on her second album, which will be released in August.

New Brighton-born Sizwe Zako was honoured with the prestigious lifetime award on Friday, along with two other icons, Dr Thomas Chauke and Johannes Kerkorrel.

“It feels so great that my work is being appreciated,” Zako said. Uitenhage-born Loyiso Bala, who lost to Ntokozo Mbambo in the best contemporary faith music album, said it was just great to even be nominated.

“There were only a few categories and to be nominated was something good,” he said.

There was also a tribute performance by Bongeziwe Mabandla, Nina Schumann, Steve Dyer, Herbie Tsoaeli and CH2 for artists and industry players who died in recent months.

Durban kwaito artist Professor, who was a guest presenter alongside Danny K, shocked the audience when he arrived wearing a fireman’s outfit.

In February he was fined for wearing a police officer’s uniform during the Metro FM awards.

He won an award for the best kwaito album.

Rapper Khuli Chana – real name Khulane Morule – scooped three awards: best rap album, best male artist and album of the year for his second studio album, Lost In Time

Sources close to the rapper said he was not only celebrating his awards, but had a baby on the way with long-time girlfriend Asanda Maku.

Accepting his award for album of the year, Morule said: “I forgot to thank Palse Homme for putting this together [his outfit], and Asanda Maku.”

Pop singer Latoya Buthelezi, popularly known as Toya Delazy, took home the awards for best newcomer, best producer and best pop album.

She thanked her late mother, who passed away five years ago, in all her speeches. “I know my mother is my guardian angel and … though she’s late [deceased],she’s still a big part of my life,” Buthelezi told a reporter.

Gospel singer Sifiso Ncwane walked away with the coveted record of the year award for his hit single, Kulungile Baba.

Other big winners were:

ýSfiso Ncwane – MTN record of the year;

ýFreshlyground – duo or group of the year; and

ýKelly Khumalo – female artist of the year.

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