The biggest weekend in South African music takes place this weekend as the industry celebrates the very best music released over the past year. The glamorous awards returned to Sun City this year and saw Somizi and Tumi Morake play hosts.

The gospel genre thrived during the first night of awards. Khaya Mthethwa took home two awards for his new album ‘The Dawn’ which won in the Best Contemporary Faith Music Album and Best Live Audio Visual Recording categories. Meanwhile Kwesta and Amanda Black picked up one award each and emerge as frontrunners ahead of the live event this evening.

However, this year, it was Kwesta’s time to shine. Kwesta started his winning streak last night when he won the Best Collaboration Award alongside Samro Highest Airplay of the Year, SAMPRA Highest Airplay of the Year, Best Rap Album, Best Male Artist of the Year and Best Album of the Year for his Dakar II album and hit single Ngud. His trophy haul stands at six in one year.

Here is the full list of winners so far:

Best Newcomer of the Year

Amanda Black – Amazulu

Best Duo-Group of the Year

Black Motion – Ya Badimo

Best Female Artist of the Year

Amanda Black – Amazulu

Best Male Artist of the Year

Kwesta – Dakar II

Best Album of the Year

Kwesta – Dakar II

Record of the Year

Nasty C – Hell Naw

Best Maskandi Album

Khuzani – Inyoni yomthakathi

Classical Instrumental Album

Charl du Pleassis Trio – Baroqueswing Vol.II

Best Afro Pop Album

Vusi Nova – Nananina

African Indigenous Gospel Album

Living In Christ Legends – Living In Christ Legends

Best Rock Album

Albert Frost – The Wakeup

Best Pop Album

GoodLuck – The Nature Within

Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album

Joshua na die Reen – Die Wereld Binne My

Best Rap Album

Kwesta – Darak II

Best Kwaito Album

Dr Malinga – Goodwill

Best Dance Album

Black Motion – Ya Badimo

Best Traditional Faith Music Album

Sprit of Praise – Spirit of Praise Vol.6

Samro Highest Airplay of the Year

Ngud – Kwesta

SAMPRA Highest Airplay of the Year

Ngud – Kwesta

Best Adult Contemporary

Hugh Masekela – No Borders

Best African Adult

Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’ilanga

Best Alternative Music Album

Native Young – Kings

Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album

Amanda Black – Amazulu

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

Khaya Mthethwa – The Dawn

Beste Pop Album

ADAM – Hoogtevrees

Best Jazz Album

Nduduzo Makhathini with Umgidi Trio and One Voice Vocal Ensemble – Inner Dimensions

Best Classical and/Instrumental Album

Charl du Plessis Trio – Baroqueswing Vol. II

Best Traditional Music Album

Dr Thomas Chauke Na Shinyori Sisters – Shimatsatsa No 34: Xiganga

Best African Artist

Patoranking – Patoranking

Best Live Audio Visual Recording

Khaya Mthethwa -The Dawn

Best Collaboration

Kwesta – Ngud’

Best Music Video of the Year

Miss Pru – Ameni

Best Produced Album of the Year

sjava – Isina Muva

Best Engineered Album of the Year

Arno Carstens – Aandblom 13

Best Remix of the Year

Vic – Wena Wedwa (MusicCraftMAN Mix)

Best Selling DVD of the Year

Joyous Celebration 20

Best Selling Digital Artist

Sfiso Ncwane – Ngipholise Nkosi

Best Selling Album of the Year

My Hart Bly In n Taal – Refentse

CAPASSO Best Selling Digital Download Composer’s Award

Sfiso Ncwane – Ngipholise Nkosi

The main SAMA 23 will be broadcast live tonight on SABC1 at 8pm.

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