SAMA25: Record of the Year Top 20 unveiled

The SAMA25 Record of the Year Top 20 was unveiled on the SABC1 music show Live Amp on Friday the 3rd of May. Prince Kaybee, Shekhinah, Sun-El Musician and Mlindo the Vocalist lead the pack with two nods each in the list of top 20 finalists.

Prince Kaybee has his hits “Banomoya” featuring Busiswa and TNS; and “Club Controller” featuring LaSoulMates to thank for his double nomination. Shekhinah’s “Please Mr” and “Different” featuring Mariechen also secured her a double whammy.


Sun-El Musician’s Sonini featuring Simmy and Lelo Kamau; and Bamthathile featuring Mlindo the Vocalist earned him the twin nods. In his own right, Mlindo the Vocalist bagged two nods for his hits “Macala” featuring Kwesta, Thabsie and Sfeeso as well as for “AmaBlesser” featuring DJ Maphorisa.

Already sitting pretty with the most SAMA25 nominations at five, DJ Black Coffee and David Guetta’s “Drive” featuring Delilah Montagu ups his tally.

Lady Zamar cracked the list with Collide as did Kwesta with Vur Vai. AKA’s “Fela in Versace” featuring Kiddominant is also in competition. Zonke vies for the top prize with her upbeat “Tonight”. Vusi Nova’s “Asphelelanga” featuring Jessica Mbangeni is up for top honours.

The list has been put up for public vote and the last 10 will fight it out at the SAMA25 gala evening.

Nhlanhla Sibisi, RiSA CEO commented

“We are delighted to present the top 20 list for Record of the Year, by all accounts it’s a fair reflection of what happened in the past year. These songs were anthems in their own rights and got the nation buzzing. We urge fans, supporters and lovers of local music to be fast on their fingers and make their voices count by voting for their favourites.”

The MEC for Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA) in the North West, supporters of SAMA25, said the Top 20 mix was a true reflection of the “heartbeat of the nation’’.

“Looking at the contestants in the Record of the Year category, you get a sense of what the nation has been grooving to,’’ said Mme Ontlametse Mochware. “As supporters of the awards, we are delighted to see such high-quality contestants vying for the top award. As things stand, any of the 20 nominees could romp home with the award. That’s pretty serious completion, something we are very thrilled to see. May the best nominee win!’’

“Just like the SAMAs, Vodacom celebrates 25 years of connecting South Africans to the music they love this year, and in doing so acknowledges the hard work and dedication that goes in before being recognised on a nominees list of this calibre. My Muze, connected by Vodacom, congratulates every nominee, and wishes them the very best in the race to winning Record of the year.” Rehana Hassim: Vodacom Portfolio Manager – Music.

To vote for your favourite nominee for ROTY go to or download the My Muze app from the Google Play store. Alternatively, SMS the number of your favourite artist to 45887 or dial *120*45887# at a cost of R1.50

See the complete list of SAMA25 Record Of The Year nominees and their voting codes below:

SAMA25 Record Of The Year Nominees Voting Codes
1. Lady Zamar – “Collide” 01
2. Black Coffee & David Guetta feat. Delilah Montagu – “Drive” 02
3. Prince Kaybee feat Busiswa & TNS – “Banomoya” 03
4. Holly Rey – “Deeper” 04
5. Prince Kaybee & LaSoulMates – “Club Controller” 05
6. DjGanyani feat. Nomcebo – “Emazulwini” 06
7. Sun-El Musician feat. Simmy & Lelo Kamau – “Sonini” 07
8. AKA feat. Kiddominant – “Fela in Versace” 08
9. Malumz On Decks & Gino Brown feat. Mr. Vince– Shay’inumber 09
10. Dladla Mshunqisi feat Distruction boyz & DJ Tira – “Pakisha” 10
11. Sjava feat. Emtee & Saudi – “Abangani” 11
12. Sun-EL Musician feat. Mlindo The Vocalist – “Bamthathile” 12
13. Shekhinah – “Please Mr” 13
14. Kwesta – “Vur Vai” 14
15. Mlindo the Vocalist feat. Kwesta, Thabsie and Sfeeso – “Macala” 15
16. Zonke – “Tonight” 16
17. Mlindo feat. DJ Maphorisa – “AmaBlesser” 17
18. Shekhinah feat. Mariechan – “Different” 18
19. Vusi Nova feat. Jessica Mbangeni- “Asphelelanga” 19
20. DJ Vetkuk vs Mahoota – “Ziwa Murtu” 20

Who do you think will the award for SAMA25 Record Of The Year? Leave a comment below and let us know. We’d love to hear from you.

In case you forgot: the SAMA25 award show will be staged on May 31 and June 1 at Sun City resort in the North West province. Curious about who might walk away with an award? Check out the full list of SAMA25 nominees.

The annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs) are organised by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) in partnership with the North West Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs. The SABC is the official broadcast partner of SAMA25. SAMA25 is supported by MY MUZE, the Department of Arts and Culture, CAPASSO, SAMPRA and SAMRO.

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