South African Music Awards heats up

The nominations are out for the 14th Annual South African Music Awards! Some of the finest artists are up for nominations and that means there’s great music on the cards for you to check out if you’re not familiar with South African music.

The SAMAs are looked forward to every year because they bring to light some of the fantastic and diverse musical talent SA has to offer. This year some of my favourite artists have been nominated in various categories and I thought I’d give you a quick overview of who they are and their particular music style to check out.

– Hip Hop Pantsula – Acceptance Speech
HHP, as he is commonly known is a great hip hop artist with a lot of flava. He also is one of SA’s coolest celebrities and likes having fun like the time when he took part in Strictly Come Dancing, the SA version of course 😉

– Jimmy Dludlu – Portrait
I’m a Dludlu fan because this guy is a great jazz guitarist and his melodies are to die for. one of my favourite albums of his is the debut album album, "Echoes from the past".

– Karen Zoid – Postmodern World
While at varsity I DJed at the local sampus radio station and it was there that I was introduced to to Karen Zoid. Her track, "Afrikaners is plesierig" will always be a memorable one for me.

– Zonke – Life, love N Music
Zonke is another familiar artist to the music scene and she has been burning up the playlists on popular radio stations like Yfm and Metro fm with her latest project called "Life, love ‘n Music". I’ve recently watched a music video of a collaborative she’s done with Thandiswa Mazwai and dug it so much that I want her album now! It’s on my music list of albums to buy this year!

– Freshly Ground – Macheri
I love this Cape Town based group. they’re fresh and fun and do not fail to impress the avid pop listener with their catchy tunes, two (Pot Belly and DooBeDoo) of which have been made into popular signature tunes for television adverts in SA.

– Seether – Findiing Beauty in Negative Spaces
Previously called "Saron Gas", this classic hard rock band moved to the States to pursue bigger and better music deals but they still are one of SA’s faviourite rock bands. They popular it of the new album called "Fake it" is quite a catchy theme if you’re wanting to just rock out hard 😉

– Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Ilembe
Ah, this group is just legendary in their own right and considering Ladysmith Black Mambazo own a few of their very own hard earned Grammy awards, there’s no reason why this year, their new album is not in the running for a SAMA! Well done LBM!

Other great artists who I’ve recently gotten into are: Louise Carver, Loyiso, Prokid, The Parlotones, Lira, Mccoy Mrubata, DJ Cleo and Brickz!

If you’d like to give some of these artists a listen, why not try out, it’s a great site that allows music listening and sharing on the platform for its members.