Road to SAMA 2017 now in motion

FSAMA Journey 16ollowing delays and lack of communication about next year’s awards, concerned artists, and fans alike can sigh a breath of relief now that the road to SAMA 23 is in motion.

The Annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs) journey has officially begun with entries opening from today 1 November 2016 until 31 January 2017 - that's a once off three month submission period.  Produced and hosted under the auspices of The Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA), the awards showcases the country's finest musical talent and awards the previous year's star performers at a gala event (Durban or Sun City?) that is broadcast live on TV.

Classified as the premier annual music awards event in South Africa honouring and recognising accomplishments in the South African recording industry, and to celebrate the diversity infused in the different music genres, the 23rd edition of the SAMA takes place in 2017.

One major development as far as the awards are concerned is the move to extend its entry period to the end of January. This will see albums and songs that blow during the festive season final get a fair chance at being honoured, as most have been requesting.

Furthermore, three more popular categories have been added for SAMA23 i.e. the Best African Indigenous Gospel album (Clap & Tap/Zion Music), Best Africa Artist album and Best AfroPop album. 

As the only music awards event that recognises and awards the different music genres in South Africa, being in line to be considered for the coveted prized statuette is a monumental achievement (let alone winning it)for any South African artist, group, producer or engineer. 

The SAMA entries are open to all artists who have released an album between the 1st December 2015 and 31st January 2017.  The album must be commercially available in order to qualify for entry. 

For further information of what comprises all categories represented in the SAMA, and more information, visit www.samusicwards.co.za. All visit www.risa.org.za , or call RiSA at 011 886 1342 for information.