All is now set for Season 29 of South Africa’s most prestigious awards ceremony ,South Africa Music Awards ( SAMA)
The Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) made the announcement on Tuesday that the awards is officially kicking off the #Road2SAMA29 as the countdown begins for the announcement of the nominees.
The event is set to take place on October 3 in Soweto, Johannesburg.
“The South African music industry has produced exceptional music over the past year and seen our artists take their brands to new heights, both locally and globally.
We are proud to officially kick off #SAMA29 and look forward to sharing with the country some exciting new developments as the Samas find a new home,” said RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi.
Entries eligible for a Sama consideration span 30 genre categories and must have been released between February 1 2022 and April 14 2023.
“The Sama entries have been on an upward trajectory in the last five years, with last year setting a record with over 1,300 submissions,” said Sibisi.
There were reports the organization was battling to secure a headline sponsor, which resulted in a delay in the announcement of nominees.
In 2022 the announcement was made in June. It was delayed this year with no indication when the nomination ceremony would take place.
Explaining the reason behind the delay, Sibisi said an announcement on a way forward would be made in “due course”.
“If we constantly have to wait for confirmation our timelines are delayed, but we will make the necessary announcement in a few weeks.”
The awards was supposed to hold earlier but was postponed indefinitely, the delay according to a report was as a result of the show not being able to secure any sponsorship from cooperating or retail individuals.
According to reports, the organizers, and the Recording Industry of South Africa confirmed the money issue slamming ideas of being canned.