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Mafikizolo sealed their comeback in triumphant style at the 20th Annual South African Music Awards – winning five awards at the main ceremony on Monday night to add to their three trophies at the industry awards earlier in the day.

This brings the popular Afro-pop duo’s total haul to an incredible eight awards at SAMA 20.

They scooped an armful of trophies for Album of the Year, Duo or Group of the Year, Best Pop Album, Best Collaboration, Best Selling Ring-back Tone, Best Selling Full-track Download and Best Selling Mobile Music Download of the Year.

And in the most hotly contested category of the night, the Kia Record of the Year, Mafikizolo featuring Uhuru beat out stiff competition to win the public SMS vote for their mammoth hit song Khona.

The star-studded event at the Sun City Superbowl marked 20 years of the SAMAs – held, fittingly, on the Freedom Day public holiday commemorating the country’s 20th anniversary of democracy – and saw the beautiful and talented people of Mzansi coming out to play in their glad rags, to celebrate SA music’s finest. The main awards were broadcast live on SABC1.

A number of sizzling live performances and on-stage collaborations set the tone for an evening filled with drama, tears, joy and – no doubt – a few surprises. Presenters and performers stepped out in style at the awards, dressed by top local designers Anel Botha, David Tlale, Khathatso Tsotetsi, Paledi Segapo and Zano Sithetho.

With Mafikizolo dominating SAMA 20 with a near slam-dunk of the main categories, the remainder of the awards doled out on the night reflected a spread of winners. Only a handful of artists made the journey home from Sun City with more than one trophy in tow.

Bagging a brace of awards was songstress Zahara, who was crowned Female Artist of the Year for Phendula, which was also named the Best Selling Album of last year.

Fellow Eastern Cape songbird Zonke added to her Best Live DVD SAMA (at the industry awards earlier in the day) with the accolade for Best African Adult Album, for Give and Take Live.

And Ladysmith Black Mambazo not only received a SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award on the night – our kings of isicathamiya music also had the International Achievement Award bestowed on them, for their four Grammy Awards and their ongoing role as global ambassadors for traditional South African music.

Maskandi stalwart Phuzekhemisi also received a SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptional contribution to the richness and diversity of the local music scene.

Kabomo was named Male Artist of the Year for his release Memory Remains, with Naima Kay snatching the award for Newcomer of the Year from a very talented young field.

As many had expected, Mi Casa’s Su Casa bagged the gong for Best Dance Album, with Big Nuz scoring Best Kwaito Album honours and Xhosa rapper iFani winning the SAMA for Best Rap Album.

Another closely contested race saw Van Coke Cartel walking off with the honours for Best Rock Album.

It was a good night for Karlien van Jaarsveld, whose Uitklophou snared the award for Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans). Elvis Blue took home his second SAMA in two years – this time for Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album, for his release Afrikaans, while Shaun Jacobs’ album Love Can triumphed in the Best Adult Contemporary Album category.

Last year’s Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, Shane Cooper, left no one in any doubt about his prowess by securing the SAMA for Best Jazz Album.

Thokozani Langa was named the victor in the Best Maskandi Album category. And living gospel legend Rebecca continued her reign at the awards, adding the trophy for Best Traditional Faith Album to the dozen-plus SAMAs she already has adorning her mantelpiece.

It was an exceptional night on which South African music was the big winner, and the countdown has already begun to SAMA 21 – when the awards truly come of age!

The winners of the 20th Annual South African Music Awards are:

Best Pop Album:
Mafikizolo – Reunited

Beste Pop Album:
Karlien van Jaarsveld – Uitklophou

Best Adult Contemporary Album:
Shaun Jacobs – Love Can

Best Rock Album:
Van Coke Kartel – Bloed. Sweet & Trane

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album:
Elvis Blue – Afrikaans

Best African Adult Album:
Zonke – Give And Take Live

Best Alternative Album:
Nakhane Tour – Brave Confusion

Best RnB, Soul and Reggae:
The Soil – Reflections Live In Joburg

Best Kwaito Album:
Big Nuz – Made In Africa

Best Rap Album:
iFani – I Believes In Me (1st Quadrant)

Best Traditional Faith Music:
Rebecca – Bayos’Khomba

Best Dance Album:
Mi Casa – Su Casa

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album:
Nqubeko Mbatha- Sentiments Of A Worshiper

Best Traditional Album:
Dr. Thomas Chauke Na Shinyori Sisters – Shimatsatsa No 32

Best Maskandi Album:
Thokozani Langa – Inyakanyaka

Best Jazz Album:
Shane Cooper – Oscillations

Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album:
Guy Buttery – Live In KwaZulu

Best Live DVD:
Zonke – Give and Take Live

Best Collaboration:
Mafikizolo Ft May D – Happiness

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Phuzekemisi

International Achievement Award:
Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Music Video of the Year:
The Parlotones, Khuli Chana & Jon Savage – Sleepwalker

Best Selling DVD:
Joyous Celebration – Gartefeul vol.17

Best Selling Mobile Music Download:
Mafikizolo – Khona

Best Ring Back Tone:
Mafikizolo – Khona

Best Selling Full Track Download:
Mafikizolo – Khona

Highest Airplay of the Year:
DJ Kent ft The Arrows – Spin My World Around

Best Selling Album of the Year:
Zahara – Phendula

Best Producer of the Year:
Darryl Torr – Yes/No/Grey

Best Engineer of the Year:
Peter Auret – Pimp My Piano

Remix of the Year:
Oskido – Tsa Ma Ndebele

Newcomer of the Year:
Naima Kay – Umsebenzi

Duo or Group of the Year:
Mafikizolo – Reunited

Female Artist of the Year:
Zahara – Phendula

Male Artist of the Year:
Kabomo – Memory Remains

Album of the Year:
Mafikizolo – Reunited

Record of the Year:
Mafikizolo – Reunited

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