Winners of the South Australian Music Awards 2022

The 2022 South Australian Music (SAM) Awards were celebrated last night (17 November) at Hindley Street Music Hall, honoring some of the best in South Australian music from the past year.

Over 30 awards were presented by the MC of the night, Jane Gazzo, and artists like Dem Mob, Nancy Bates, Tilly Tjala Thomas and Wanderers performed throughout the night.

Elsy Wameyo picked up five awards out of her six nominations, including best song for “River Nile” and best release for the EP “Nilotic.” . . Plus the best solo artist and the best music video.

“Elsy has become one of South Australia’s biggest musical exports in recent years and this is just another achievement in a long list of awards and accolades for her,” said Christine Schloithe, CEO of Music S.A.

“Wameyo, who recently supported the Hilltop Hoods of Adelaide on their national tour and performed at some of the country’s biggest festivals including Dark Mofo, Vivid and WOMADelaide, as well as being billed to play The Falls This year’s Festival is the perfect example of how to carve out a flourishing music career in Adelaide and we are delighted to see Elsy’s career grow.

The prowess of the state’s First Nations was also on full display during the awards ceremony. Electric Fields won two gongs – one for Best Group and another for Pop Artist of the Year. First Nations artist Tilly Tjala Thomas made history as the first winner of the Best Regional Artist award, while folk and hip hip duo Marlon x Rulla received the award for Best Aboriginal or Strait Islander Artist of Torres.

Punk rockers LOLA received Best New Artist awards, and artists like Motez, Ukulele Death Squad and We Move Like Giants won People’s Choice Awards.

One of the highlights of the SAM Awards has been the recognition of four special awards, honoring those who have made a significant contribution to the South African music industry: the APRA AMCOS Emily Burrow APRA AMCOS (Molly Rocket) Award, the Neville Clark (SAE’s Thessa Burdon and TAFE’s Lucinda Machin), the UNESCO Collaboration Award (Adelaide Guitar Festival) and the MusicSA Community Award (Northern Sound System).

“South Australia’s music industry, led by MusicSA, is an incredibly thriving community full of talented artists and an industry that we will continue to support,” Premier Peter Malinauskas said.

“To date, the South African government has supported the industry through event grants of up to $50,000 for South African-based companies, $5,000 grants for upgrades to helping to host live music performances, and through the ‘See it LIVE’ campaign, providing more opportunities for artists and revitalizing South Australia’s nightlife economy.

“The music industry is vital to South Australia’s economy and we congratulate all winners and finalists of the 2022 SAM Awards.”

Winners of the South Australian Music Awards 2022

Major/Industry Award Winners

Best song
Elsy Wameyo – Nile River

Best New Artist

Best Regional Artist
Tilly Tjala Thomas

Best Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Artist

Best Group
Electric fields

Best solo
Elsy Wameyo

best release
Elsy Wameyo – Nilotic

best studio
Wundenberg recording studios

Best Studio Engineer/Producer
Elsy Wameyo

Best Live Technician
Lachlan Sheehan

Best Large Festival/Event
Fallout Festival

Best Small Festival/Event
Space Jams

Best manager
Sian Walden (Little Acorn Music)

Best place

Best Regional Venue / Activation
Great easy radio

Best Cover Art
Paloma Ellery (SON OF ZÖKU – SÜN)

Best music video
Elsy Wameyo & Richard Coburn (Elsy Wameyo – Nilotic)

Best innovation
Porch Files

best music teacher
Adelaide Youth Orchestras

Special Prize Winners

Emily Burrows Award – APRA AMCOS
molly rocket

Neville Clark Award
Thessa Burdon (SAE)
Lucinda Machin (TAFE)

UNESCO collaboration report
Adelaide Guitar Festival: Creation

MusicSA Community Awards
Northern sound system

Audience Award Winners

blues and roots
Cal Williams Jr.

Ella and Siena



Death Squad Ukulele


We move like giants

Shaolin Afronauts

Electric fields

teenage joans



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