Khuli Chana, Toya Delazy biggest SAMA winners

The best of South African musicians picked up numerous awards at the SAMAs last night.

Hip hop artist Khuli Chana at the 19th South African Music Awards which were held at Sun City on 11 May, 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

SUN CITY - Hip hop Artist Khuli Chana, pop star Toya Delazy and Afro pop singer Zahara were the biggest winners at the 2013 South African Music Awards (SAMAs) on Saturday, with each artist taking home two awards.

The glitzy award ceremony was held at the Sun City Super-Bowl in the North West.

It was characterised by energetic performances and eclectic collaborations, much to the delight of music lovers who packed the venue to capacity.

The awards arguably belonged to performers Toya Delazy, gospel artist S'fiso, Khaya, Donald, Lira, Khuli Chana and Dr Malinga, who all gave animated performances.

Khuli Chana, Toya Delazy and Zahara scooped the coveted awards in an assortment of categories.

Contemporary music band Freshly Ground won the Group of the Year award for their most recent album, 'Take Me to the Dance'.

An unlikely winner, Kelly Khumalo took home the Female Artist of the Year award while best Newcomer went to Delazy for her album Due Drop Deluxe, which also claimed the Best Pop Album.

Zebra & Giraffe took home the coveted Best Rock Album award for their offering The Wisest Ones.

Elvis Blue won the Best Adult Contemporary Album award.

The Best Dance Album category went to DJ Black Coffee for Africa Rising.

Earlier in the day the glitzy ceremony was almost marred by a toyi-toyi by staff members at Sun City who said they were protesting against unfair treatment and racial discrimination at the popular North West resort.

One of the strikers said most of the workers were from the hotels in the resort and were unhappy about working conditions. Their plan to disrupt the music showpiece failed.