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SAMA25 introduces new category and spring cleans others


Great news for SA musos! The SAMA25 categories have been spring cleaned A new category has also been added.

The Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) has given Reggae it’s own category. The category will be known as Best Reggae Album from now on. It was broken away from the Best R&B / Soul and Reggae Album category.

It’s about time that this genre gets its own category. It’s a burgeoning music genre in SA. It has witnessed an upswing in recent years.

SAMA25 will feature the following re-named categories:

The Best R&B / Soul Album category replaces the Best R&B / Soul and Reggae Album category. The Best Kwaito / Gqom / Amapiano Album is the new name for Best Kwaito Album category and the Rest of Africa Award replaces the Best African Artist category.

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The Rest of Africa Award recognises the achievement and impact that artists from the Rest of the African continent have had within SA borders during the specified qualifying SAMA period. South African Artists are excluded from this category.

It’s clear that the SA Music Awards prides itself in reflecting the changes that are happening within the South African music landscape.

RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi welcomed the changes

The CEO said the direction of the music industry is something that his organisation always strives to present at the SAMAs. He mentioned that RiSA wants to ensure that SA Music industry feels represented. RiSA is looking forward to honouring worthy musicians at SAMA25.

In the last two years, the SA Music Awards have enjoyed a buoyant upward trajectory with the number of entries on the increase. SAMA24 saw a record breaking 778 eligible entries received by the SAMA office.

This was up from 700 in 2017 and about 400 in 2016. For the second year in a row, the SAMAs made public the complete list of entries before the announcement of nominees.

More info about SAMA25

SAMA25 entries are open for all recording artists who have released an album which has a minimum of four songs between 1 February 2018 and 31 January 2019. Entries close on 31 January 2019. Click here for more information.

SAMA25 is organised by The Recording Industry of South Africa. You can expect nominations in April 2019 and the awards ceremony will most likely be held in June 2019.

When it comes to music, there’s no shortage of talent in South Africa. It’s both scary and exciting when one realises how much the SA music industry has grown since the inception of the SAMAs in 1995. It’s a pity that some South Africans still don’t realise how talented our local musicians are.

I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait to find out who’ll be on the nominations list for SAMA25.

Which artists do you think should be on the nominations list next year? It will be interesting to find out who you think should be. Leave a comment below and let me know.

Watch this space for regular updates in the Music category on Running Wolf’s Rant.


  1. A newcomer to the pop music scene is TASHNA R. She’s a young Durban singer, songwriter, musician with a passion for music and is a superb lyricist. Her debut album titled SAPPHIRE featuring 16 self-penned, relationship orientated songs has been entered to the SAMA 25 ‘Best Pop Album’ category. Tashna R is an engineering student and is highly motivated and makes an excellent role model for the young. Adding diversity to the SAMA, Tashna R truly deserves to be among her peers in the ‘Best Pop Album’ category.


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