SAMAs Announce Category Changes For 2018

It’s almost time to kick-start preparations for the 2018 South African Music Awards and as the entry period opens, the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) has announced a few changes to various categories namely Best Rap Album, Best African Adult, Best Africa Artist and The Best Kwaito Album.

• Best Rap Album has changed to Best Hip Hop Album. The renaming allows for Hip Hop DJs to enter their albums in addition to Rap residing in this category.
• Best African Adult has changed to Best African Adult Contemporary Album. The category does not carry language exclusion.
• Best Africa Artist has changed to Best African Artist. This has also been made a special category so that South African artists can enter their works and compete for the bragging rights of being named the best artist in the African continent.
• The Best Kwaito Album category name has not been changed, but its definition has expanded to include Gqom, new age kwaito, amapiano and other types of kwaito sub category music available in the country.

“This is one of the efforts to keep the SAMAs relevant and competitive and to ensure that excellence is celebrated and rewarded. I also wish to encourage our musicians to submit entries for SAMA consideration before the deadline,” RiSA CEO Advocate Nhlanhla Sibisi said in a statement this morning.

The entry period for the upcoming 24th instalment of the South African Music Awards is now open and musicians have until the 31st of January 2018 to submit their entries. The SAMAs seek to honour excellence in music by South African artists who have released new material between 1 February 2017 – 31 January 2018, across some over 25 categories encompassing various South African musical genres.

“We have seen a year on year increase over the past two years and we await with great anticipation to see the calibre of entries for SAMA 24,” Sibisi adds. “The SAMAs have proved its resilience and mettle as the most coveted music honour South African artists aspire to receive. This is a call to everyone who is a qualifying artist to submit their entries for our consideration and not wait until the last day.”

For more information on the rules for SAMA 24 and the categories thereof, please visit their website on

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