Bloemfontein’s own Coenie de Villiers won a South African Music Award (SAMA) for Beste Kontemporêre Musiekalbum on Friday. De Villiers, Afrikaans singer, songwriter and pianist took the prize at the 25th Annual SAMAs at Sun City.
The SAMAs are the Recording Industry of South Africa’s music awards, established in 1995 and hosted annually to celebrate and honour local musicians, producers and engineers who create music in our country.
De Villiers is not the only Free Stater who was nominated at the national awards. Brendan Peyper was nominated in the Beste Pop Album category and Prince Kaybee was nominated for the Remix of the Year. De Villiers, who has won three SAMAs before has created music over about 40 years. This time around he took home a SAMA for his latest album Pure Coenie.
This year’s edition of the SAMAs took place over two nights on 31 May and 1 June 2019. However, the awards were only broadcast live on SABC1 at 20:00 on Saturday night.
Newly appointed MEC of the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (DSACR), Limakatso Mahasa, congratulated the nominees ahead of the major awards.
“We pride ourselves as a province, to have among us, talented music artists who continue to display a high level of excellence through their music. The department is proud to be associated with such talented individuals. We are also encouraged to identify and develop more talented artists in our province to follow in their path,” said Mahasa.
“These Free State music artists continue to represent our province excellently at national and international platforms,” the MEC continued.