AS Sun City goes through a much-needed makeover, the biggest music awards in South Africa make Durban their home in 2016.
By: El Broide
PACK your bags, everyone. We’re going to Durban! The 22nd Annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs) have found a new home in Kwa-Zulu Natal. As the home of the SAMAs, Sun City, gets a facelift this year, the award show has been forced to find a new venue to host this year’s spectacular and is following the trends set by the Metro FM Music Awards and the MTV Africa Music Awards as they head out to Durban.
This year’s ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 4 at the Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) with the eThekwini Municipality as the hosting partner. The ceremony celebrates the very best of South African music over the past year and this year, the awards are expected to be bigger and better than ever before as the SAMAs head to the Kwa-Zulu Natal province for the first time.
Says Refiloe Ramogase, Chairman of the SAMAs, “We are delighted with our new partnership with the very progressively minded eThekwini Municipality. This marks a fresh chapter in South Africa’s premier music award show! A chapter in which we shall build on the Annual South African Music Award’s solid, respected heritage and proud legacy with a renewed youthful vibrancy.”
CLLR James Nxumalo, mayor of eThekwini says, “Music brings people together, irrespective of race, creed or culture and eThekwini is proud to be hosting the 22nd South African Music Awards. It is fitting that the ceremony will take place at our historic venue, the Durban Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC), which has been transformed into a world class events and conference centre over the years. Our ICC is recognised world-wide and has received numerous accolades over the years. We are pleased that this prestigious awards ceremony is being held in Durban as we constantly strive to ensure our highly talented musicians are provided with opportunities and the necessary platforms to showcase their talent.”
The ceremony, usually held in April, will be a bit delayed this year due to the committee sorting out logistics regarding the new venue and will announce this year’s nominees in a special ceremony next month.
We don’t know about you guys, but we’re super excited about the awards being held in Durban this year. We can’t wait to see who rocks the stage this year and, more importantly, who walks away with the coveted awards come June 4.