Samas 24: New categories and changes

2017-11-28 16:00


Tumi Morake, Somizi
Tumi Morake, Somizi (Photo: Gallo)

Johannesburg - The twenty-fourth SA Music Awards (Samas) have spruced up a few categories as the call for entries gathers momentum. 

It’s in with the new and appropriate names in a few selected categories:

Best Rap Album has changed to Best Hip-Hop Album. The renaming allows for hip-hop DJs to enter their albums in addition to rap residing in this category.

Best African Adult has changed to Best African Adult Contemporary Album. The category does not carry language exclusion.

Best Africa Artist has changed to Best African Artist. This has also been made a special category so that South African artists can enter their works and compete for the bragging rights of being named the best artist in the African continent. 

Here's the official Instagram post announcing that there will be changes:

Other changes: 

The Best Kwaito Album category name has not been changed, but its definition has expanded to include Gqom, new age kwaito, amapiano and other types of kwaito sub category music available in the country.

Here's what the organisers had to say:

Remarked RiSA CEO Advocate Nhlanhla Sibisi: "This is one of the efforts to keep the Samas relevant and competitive and to ensure that excellence is celebrated and rewarded. I also wish to encourage our musicians to submit entries for SAMA consideration before the deadline."

Here are the deadlines for entries into the Samas:

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