Mpumalanga artists urged to enter Sama Awards

MBOMBELA- Much as there is abundance of entries for the forthcoming SAMA Music Awards, there is a call for Mpumalanga artists to submit their work so as to be eligible for selection among the various categories.

This was disclosed by the chairperson of the SAMA Awards, Thobela Dlamini who converged in the province last Thursday.

According to Dlamini, “Entries opened to the music fraternity on November 1 and are due to close on January 31, 2017.

I’m a bit worried because we’re not receiving much entries from Mpumalanga. This, in turn, would look as if the awards are only about Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal who dominate the awards categories. That’s not the case as they are open to everybody across the land, including here.

“Our objective is to transform the awards to be enjoyed and supported by everybody as surely each region, depending on the depth of talent, can be represented in the final awards ceremony.

This is a premier event and deserves to be appreciated by every music lover, and thus far, we have succeeded to lure musicians from all corners, but the numbers need to increase. I must caution artists though, that they need to have an album that is properly registered then they will be compatible to enter.

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“On the whole, I’m saying, Mpumalanga musicians enter before deadline,” he said.

The annual South African Music Awards (Sama’s) journey has officially begun with entries being open from November 1 until January 31 next year – this is a once-off three-month submission period.

These awards are classified as the premier annual music event in South Africa.

It honours and recognises accomplishments in the country’s recording industry and also celebrates the diversity infused in the various music genres.Produced and hosted under the auspices of The Recording Industry of South Africa (Risa), the awards showcase the country’s finest musical talent and rewards the previous year’s star performers at a gala event that is broadcast live on TV.

Also read: SAMA Awards not to be missed

The 23rd edition of the Samas takes place next year. Three more categories have been added, which are the Best African Indigenous Gospel (Clap and Tap/Zion music), Best Africa Artist and Best Afropop albums.

For further information about the Samas, please visit our website on

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

All recording artists and recording labels whose artists qualify are encouraged to enter. As the only music awards event that recognises the various music genres in South Africa, being in line to be considered for the coveted statuette is a monumental achievement.

Visit or, or Risa on 011-886-1342 for more information on how to enter.



Bongani Hlatshwayo

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