2017 South Australian Music Awards Winners

A.B. Original's Trials models the 6 SAM Awards the group won at the 2017 SAM Awards A.B. Original's Trials models the 6 SAM Awards the group won at the 2017 SAM Awards Image © Lauren Connelly
A.B. Original have continued their incredible 2017 last night at the third annual South Australian Music Awards (SAM Awards) winning a total of six awards including Best Release and Best Song.

While 'Carry On' rapper, Sudanese-born Tkay Maidza won Best Female Artist. Tkay also made a surprise, confetti-filled entrance to the night performing 'Carry On' to a packed Thebby Lane at Thebarton Theatre.


Rising South Sudanese-born rapper, recording artist and producer DyspOra won Best Male Artist after the release of his 2017 release, 'The REBELUTION'.

DyspOraDyspOra - image © Laren Connelly

It was energetic-pop trio and Triple J favourites Heaps Good Friends who won Best New Artist after a soaring year featuring highlight performances at Groovin The Moo and BIGSOUND.

Heaps Good Friends
Heaps Good Friends - image © Lauren Connelly

A.B. Original also won the awards for all round Best Group and Best Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island Artist. Richard Coburn from Kojo brought another win to A.B. Original with his direction of the Best Music Video for ‘January 26th’. In the People’s Choice Award category, A.B. Original won the Hip Hop Award.


The rest of the night's entertainment featured special performances as some of Adelaide’s finest took on the challenge of reinterpreting hits from the SAM Award finalists. Timberwolf performed a reinterpretation of A.B. Original’s ‘January 26th’ with full band as well as his latest single ‘Ikaros’.

TimberwolfTimberwolf won the Experimental Award - image © Lauren Connelly

Lonelyspeck and Allume took on a stripped-back version of Bad//Dreems’ ‘Mob Rule’. Glass Skies and Hana & Jessie-Lee performed a soulful version of West Thebarton’s hit single ‘Moving Out’.

DyspOra, Elsy and Prospeks covered Tkay Maidza’s ‘Simulation’ and to close the night Grenadiers performed their latest single ‘Long Way Down’ with a little help from Bec Stevens in addition to a heavy hitting twist of Timberwolf’s ‘Washed Out'.

Music SA’s General Manager Lisa Bishop said she was delighted to recognise these overachieving artists and industry members for their work. "It’s fantastic to see A.B. Original polish off their epic year taking home six more awards honoured in Trials’ home state," she says.

"Upcoming artists such as DyspOra and Heaps Good Friends are leading examples of the new talents coming out of South Australia, it’s great to recognise them and all of these artists and industry members for their contributions to the South Australian music industry.”


On the industry side of the awards, the Grace Emily won Best Music Venue for the second year in a row. For the first time, the travelling bohemian backyard festival Porch Sessions won Best Festival/Event after another ever-growing year.

Craig Lock from 5/4 Entertainment won Best Manager for the third consecutive year. Tom Barnes from Mixmasters Studios took out Best Engineer for the second year in a row.

The Ryan Freeman Live Music Award, which provides $4,000 to assist a person or group to continue their contribution to live music in South Australia, was awarded to Robert Dunstan, Editor of B Side Magazine.

Music SA’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to The Gov in recognition of their continued support of South Australian music.

The Adelaide UNESCO City of Live Music Award for Best International Collaboration was presented to the House of Songs project, which saw three Adelaide musicians (Dan Crannitch, Taasha Coates, and Kelly Menhennett) collaborate with musicians from Austin, Texas on unfinished songs by the late Albert Brumley.

The Peer-Voted Awards

Ryan Freeman Live Music Award
Robert Dunstan

Best International Collaboration
House of Songs project

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel

Best Studio
Chapel Lane Studios

Best Engineer
Tom Barnes

Best Music Festival / Event
Porch Sessions

Best Music Venue
Grace Emily Hotel

Best Manager
Craig Lock

Best Cover Art
Henry Stentiford - The Bitter Darlings ‘Stuart Highway’

Best Music Video
Richard Coburn - A.B. Original’s ‘January 26th’

Best Song
A.B. Original - 'January 26th' feat. Dan Sultan

Best New Artist
Heaps Good Friends

Best Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island Artist
A.B. Original

Best Group
A.B. Original

Best Male Artist
DyspOra

Best Female Artist
Tkay Maidza

TkayTkay Maidza - image © Lauren Connelly

Best Release
A.B. Original


The People's Choice Awards

Blues/Roots Award
Wanderers

WanderersWanderers - image © Lauren Connelly

Country Award
The Bitter Darlings

Electronic Award
Abbey Howlett

Experimental Award
Timberwolf

Folk Award
The Winter Gypsy

Heavy Award
Ice On Mercury

Hip Hop Award
A.B. Original

Jazz/Art Music Award
Ross McHenry

Pop Award
Rachael Leahcar

Punk Award
Young Offenders

Rock Award
Bad//Dreems

World Music Award
Adam Page

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