SAMA25 introduces new category and spring cleans others

The SA Music Awards have been spruced up just in time for the 25th installation of the prestigious accolades.

RiSA is proud to announce that Reggae is now a standalone category known as Best Reggae Album after breaking away from the Best R&B/Soul and Reggae Album.  This is an acknowledgement of the burgeoning music genre which has witnessed an upswing in recent years.

Furthermore, the following categories have had their names adjusted:

  • Best R&B/Soul Album replaces Best R&B/Soul and Reggae Album
  • Best Kwaito/Gqom/Amapiano Album is the new name for Best Kwaito Album
  • Rest of Africa Award replaces Best African Artist. This category aims at recognising the achievement and impact that artists from the Rest of the African continent have had within the South African borders during the specified qualifying SAMA period. South African Artists are not allowed to enter this category.

As the South African Music Awards, we pride ourselves in reflecting the changes that are happening within the South African music landscape.  Entries are now open for all recording artists who have released an album which has a minimum of four songs between 01 February 2018 and 31 January 2019.

RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi welcomed the news: ‘We always strive to present an award ceremony that reflects the direction that the music industry takes. We remain responsive, agile and decisive when it comes to ensuring that the industry feels represented. These changes are welcomed and celebrated and we look forward to honouring worthy musicians come the time for nominations.’

The annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs) are organised by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA).

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Twitter: @TheSAMAs

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