While the call to entry for this year’s SAMA26 kicks into full gear, the organisers have announced category changes.
The Best Kwaito Album category is back, to replace the Best Kwaito / Gqom / Amapiano category. This category will encompass Gqom and Amapiano as sub-genres under the Kwaito umbrella body.
The Music Video of the Year Award has become a publicly voted category like the Record of the Year Award. This will afford fans a chance to make their voices heard when it comes to the music video that got them entertained in the last year. The award will be for the artist.
On the technical side, a new Best Produced Music Video category has been introduced for SAMA26. It honours directors and producers of music videos.
Music videos are storytelling tools and are aligned to the message of the song. Directors and producers put much effort in ensuring that a brilliant quality music video that captures the desired outcome from the audience is made.
Nhlanhla Sibisi, RiSA CEO comments about SAMA26:
‘The reconfiguration of these awards is a part of a continuing exercise to keep the SAMAs relevant and a proper reflection of the trends and direction our music is taking. We still urge musicians to submit their entries for SAMA26 consideration. There is no bigger platform to honour and recognise local music talent across the spectrum than the SAMA.’
Want to enter SAMA26? Take note that entries have been open since the 1st of November 2019. SAMA26 entries close on the 31st of January 2020. You can enter on their official website.
Watch this space for updates in the Music category on Running Wolf’s Rant.