SAMA26 introduces new categories

While the call to entry for this year’s SAMA26 kicks into full gear, the organisers are pleased to announce changes in the following categories.

The Best Kwaito Album category is back, to replace the Best Kwaito/Gqom/Amapiano. This category will encompass Gqom and Amapiano as sub-genres under the kwaito umbrella body.

The Music Video of the Year Award has become a public voted category like the Record of the Year Award. This will afford fans a chance to make their voices heard when it comes to the music video that got them entertained in the last year. The award will be for the artist.

On the technical side, a newly minted category is Best Produced Music Video has been introduced. It honours directors and producers of music videos. Music videos are storytelling tools and are aligned to the message of the song. Directors and producers put much effort in ensuring that a brilliant quality music video that captures the desired outcome from the audience is made.

Comments Nhlanhla Sibisi, RiSA CEO: ‘The reconfiguration of these awards is a part of a continuing exercise to keep the SAMAs relevant and a proper reflection of the trends and direction our music is taking. We still urge musicians to submit their entries for SAMA26 consideration. There is no bigger platform to honour and recognise local music talent across the spectrum than the SAMA.’

To enter follow this link

Entries are open between 01 November 2019 and 31 January 2020.


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

Social media handles:

Instagram: @thesamas_

Twitter: @TheSAMAs

YouTube: samusicawards

Facebook: South African Music Awards

Hashtag: #SAMA26


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