On the 3rd of August 2020, Nigerian hotshot, Davido recorded a major accomplishment as he turns into the first Nigerian to win the ‘Rest of Africa’ class at the South African Music Award, SAMA 2020
Davido won the Award with his record-breaking collection, A Good Time, which won the class of ‘Rest of Africa’, a classification that was made in 2019 and at first won by Tanzanian superstar, Diamond Platnumz.
Announcing the award for Davido on Twitter, SAMAs wrote;
Congratulations go out to @Davido for scooping the Rest Of Africa award for his album “A Good Time” #SAMA26 #ForThaKultcha
The award show moved online due to the present issue of the pandemic, splitting the show into 30-minute segments scheduled to air between 3 and 7 August on My Muze by Vodacom and Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 21:30.
SAMA Awards is one of the biggest award events in South Africa as it is a time to celebrate Africans in the music industry. In 2017, Patoranking won SAMA Awards for the Best African Act, making him not just the first Nigerian artiste in that category but also the first Nigerian to ever win a South Africa Music Award and Davido’s new win, although in another category, makes him the second artiste to bag a SAMA Award.
It is also important to note that Nigerian artiste, May D was featured in Mafikizolo’s ‘Happiness’ that won ‘Best Collaboration’ in 2014.
The theme for this year’s show is #ForThaKultcha, and each episode has a sub-theme and below are the winners for the first night:
Best Maskandi Album:
Upopayi by Thokozani Langa
Best Traditional Music Album:
Ungabanaki by Qadasi & Maqhinga
Say U Will by K.O featuring Nandi Madida
Best Traditional Faith Music Album:
Calvary by Dumi Mkokstad
Newcomer of the Year:
Ndabo Zulu & Umgidi Ensemble for Queen Nandi: The African Symphony
Best African Indigenous Faith Album:
Lona Ba Ratang Ho Phela by Amadodana Ase Wesile
Best Jazz Album:
Queen Nandi: The African Symphony by Ndabo Zulu & Umgidi Ensemble
Bestse Kontemporêre Musiek Album:
Sterker by Riana Nel
Rest of Africa Award:
A Good Time by Davido (Nigeria)
The Samas will resume with its second episode today, Tuesday. The sub-theme for the night will be #ForThaSoul, dedicated to categories in the soul and R&B domain.