South Africa’s most prestigious music awards event, the SA Music Awards (SAMA) return for its 27th year by announcing that entries are open for the 2021 instalment.

Musicians and artists who are eligible for a SAMA consideration are invited to submit their body of work. To qualify, music must be released between 1 February 2020 and 31 January 2021.

The SAMAs are open to RiSA members and non-RiSA members. Head over to the SAMA website for more information on the entry process that allows for digital and physical entries.

In the past four years, the SAMAs have seen a marked and sustained increase in the number of entries, up from 400 in 2016 to 802  in 2020.

The SAMAs honour and appreciate the best across the South African music landscape delivered by individual artists or groups. Popularity is not a criterion, but quality and distinction.

Entries are open from today until midnight on 31 January 2021.

RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi commented: ‘It gives us great pleasure to see the SAMA maintain its longest run as an award ceremony of stature. We call on all creatives to submit their amazing works for the consideration of our panel of judges. We also look forward to SAMA27 after the challenges of SAMA26 which was delivered amidst a global pandemic and we remain dedicated and committed to the cause of making SA music recognised for its excellence.’

Notes to Editors:

The South African Music Awards (SAMA) are organised by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA).

Social media handles

  • Instagram: @thesamas_
  • Twitter: @TheSAMAs
  • YouTube: samusicawards
  • Facebook: South African Music Awards 
  • Hashtag: #SAMA27
  • Website: www.samusicawards.co.za

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