Samro announces first Wawela Music Awards

2013-03-12 14:42
Cape Town - The South African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) has announced its first annual Wawela Music Awards, reports Sowetan Live.

The Wawela Music Awards, Wawela meaning "go beyond" in Zulu, will set out to recognise and honour South African composers who've made an impact internationally.

Samro recently announced all the official categories for the awards ceremony in the following sections: Special Awards, Statistical Awards and Standard Awards.

Some of the awards within the Special Awards category include the Lifetime Achievement Award, Publisher of the Year Award and Breaking Through the Borders Award.

Marketing manager for Samro Sipho Dlamini told Sowetan Live that the panel will be looking at various statistics and achievements when judging the awards.

Rules and regulations

"For instance, a composer stands a good chance if his compositions have made it to US Top 100 Billboard charts, the UK Top 20 or his music is the soundtrack of a blockbuster Hollywood movie," said Dlamini.

In the Statistical Awards category, entrants will be judged on statistical data from Samro on each compilation submitted.

Samro accredited members may nominate themselves within the Standard Awards category, and no fee will be charged if members wish to enter.

Members can visit the website if they wish to enter themselves into one of the 11 categories. Only work done by composers and producers during 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011 will be accepted for consideration. Entries close on Tuesday 2 April.

The official ceremony is set to take place in Johannesburg on Friday 28 June at a venue which is yet to be named.