About this time last year, The Con published an article, “The Con Declares the South African Music Awards Finish and Klaar“. In it we argued that the SAMA awards had become a giant joke that rewards the mediocrity that is the established music industry at the expense of independent artists who have no label backing. We argued that often the most interesting music in South Africa was coming from these independent artists. Perhaps someone was listening or maybe the SAMA’s got better judges this year, because in 2014 it seems that a few real music gems got nominated amongst all the usual commercial dross. Below we identify the nominated artists we feel are worthy of being recognised for their work in 2013 and a few that were not nominated, but we feel deserve some credit.

First up, let’s deal with the artist that The Con tips to win big at this year’s SAMA awards, Nakhane Toure [You can read The Con’s interview with Toure from last year here]. Toure is nominated in four different categories, Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Best Alternative Album. We believe that Toure could quite possibly win all four of these, especially when you take a look at the artists he is up against. We have picked him to win three of these awards, however, leaving some space to recognise Chris Letcher’s brilliant EP Hyperbalist. After all it’s a little perplexing to figure out how an alternative album can be nominated as album of the year, which begs the question, alternative to what? 

 

Nakhane

 

Male Artist of the Year

The Con’s Pick: Nakhane Toure – Brave Confusion

SAMA 2014 Nominations: Connell Cruise, Kabomo, Matthew Mole, Vusi Mahlasela, Nakhane Toure

Newcomer of the Year

The Con’s Pick: Nakhane Toure – Brave Confusion

SAMA 2014 Nominations: Gangs of Ballett, iFani, MuzArt, Naima Kay, Nakhane Toure

Album of the Year:

The Con’s Pick: Nakhane Toure – Brave Confusion

SAMA 2014 Nominations: DJ Kent, Mafikizolo, Mi Casa, Naima Kay, Nakhane Toure

 

Dear Reader

 

Female Artist of the Year

The Con’s Pick: Dear Reader – Rivonia

SAMA 2014 Nominations: Dear Reader, Judith Sephuma, Naima Kay, Rebecca, Zahara

 

BCUC

 

Duo or Group of the Year

The Con’s Pick: BCUC – Journey – The Uncontainable Fire Within

SAMA 2014 Nominations: Gangs of Ballet, Goodluck, Mafikizolo, Mi Casa, The Parlotones

 

die_see2

 

Best Rock Album

The Con’s Pick: Die See – II

SAMA 2014 Nominations: Gangs of Ballet, The Parlotones, Shadowclub, Van Coke Cartel, The Black Cat Bones

 

Chris Letcher

 

Best Alternative Album

The Con’s Pick: Chris Letcher – Hyperbalist

SAMA 2014 Nominations: Dear Reader, Death by Misadventure, Die See, Nakhane Toure, Chris Letcher

 

LV

 

Best Rap Album

The Con’s Pick: LV – Sebenza (feat Okmalumkoolkat, Spoek Mathambo and Ruffest)

SAMA 2014 Nominations: AB Crazy, iFani, Kwesta, L-Tido, Molemi

 

Uhuru - Our Father by SharingaNews

 

Best Kwaito Album

The Con’s Pick: Uhuru – Our Father

SAMA 2014 Nominations: Alaska, Big Nuz, Character, Mandoza, Tzozo

 

DJ-Spoko

 

Best Dance Album

The Con’s Pick: DJ Spoko – Ghost Town EP

SAMA 2014 Nominations: DJ Kent, Lulo Cafe, Mi Casa, Uhuru, Zakes Bantwini

 

Project Elo

 

Best Jazz Album

The Con’s Pick: Tumi Mogorosi – Project Elo

SAMA 2014 Nominations: Marcus Wyatt Quartet, Shane Cooper, Sisa Sopazi, Zim Ngqawana, Tumi Mogorosi

 

DJ Ganyani

 

Song of the Year

The Con’s Pick: DJ Ganyani – Xigubu

 

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