SAMA27 introduces three new categories

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The SA Music Awards has spruced up a few categories as the call for entries gathers momentum.

The Best Kwaito/Amapiano/Gqom Album has been discontinued and in its place are the newly named categories:

  • Best Amapiano Album. The category honours excellence by musicians in the amapiano genre.
  • Best Gqom Album. The category honours excellence by musicians in the gqom genre.
  • The Best Kwaito Album. The category has been reinstated after it was bundled together with amapiano and gqom genre as sub genres since 2017. 


“This move is a reflection of the changing local music landscape as seen in the rise in popularity of these three genres. The consistent number of entries and the competitiveness of the music justified the unbundling of the old Best Kwaito/Amapiano/Gqom Album category”, Remarked RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi.

“The SAMAs remain relevant and responsive to the trends in the music industry. We look forward to a great run in the new categories. I also wish to encourage our musicians to submit entries for SAMA consideration before the deadline of midnight on 31 January 2021.”

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