Jazz artists Judith Sephuma and Jimmy Dludlu won a clutch of South African Music Awards on Saturday (May 6), including the respective best female and best male artist categories. The 12 annual SAMAs g

Jazz artists Judith Sephuma and Jimmy Dludlu won a clutch of South African Music Awards on Saturday (May 6), including the respective best female and best male artist categories. The 12 annual SAMAs gala was held at the Sun City Resort in South Africa's North West province.

Sephuma won for her 2005 release "New Beginnings" (Sony BMG South Africa) which also earned best producer for Lawrence Matshiza and best engineer for Jasper Williams. Dludlu, meanwhile, won for his album "Corners of My Soul" (Universal SA), which also got the nod as best jazz album.

Brickz was another multiple winner on the night, taking home the SAMA for best newcomer, while his debut "Face-Brick" (Ghetto Ruff) was named best Kwaito album.

Other key winners were Arno Carstens, who won the best adult contemporary album/ English category for "The Hello Goodbye Boys" (Sony BMG); Anna Davel was honored with the best adult contemporary album/Afrikaans category for "Godinne Op Die Grondpad" (Select Music); and Phinda's "Mbheka Phesheya" (Sheer Music) took out the best adult contemporary album/African award.

The best rap album category went to Tuks Senganga's "Mafoko A Me" (Ghetto Ruff), Ishmael won the best R&B album category for "Long Way Home" (Ghetto Ruff) and newcomers the Parlotones saw their debut recording "Radiocontrolledrobot" (Sovereign Entertainment) named best rock album.

In the only two public-voted categories, Afro pop star Ntando took home trophies for most popular artist of the year and most popular song of the year for "Dali Wam" (TS Records). Malaika, another Afro-pop act, was awarded the SAMA for best African pop album for "Vuthelani" (Sony BMG SA).

Lifetime achievement awards were given to Thandi Klaasen, a veteran singer who came out of the Sophiatown era; 80s township music innovator Rex Rabanye; rock music stalwart Piet Botha; Afrikaans comedian and musician Al Debbo; and Joe Correira, the producer of a long-running music and variety show.

Best-selling album of the year was awarded to Shwi NoMtekhala's "Wangisiza Baba," a Zulu Traditional (Maskandi) recording.

The annual SA Music Awards is a project of trade body the Recording Industry of South Africa. A music industry panel adjudicated 24 categories, which recognized recordings released between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30, 2005.

Cellular phone group MTN was the event's sponsor.