SAMA 23 Entries Now Open

The annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs) journey has officially begun with entries open from 1 November 2016 until 31 January 2017 – that’s a once off three month submission period.


The awards are classified as the premier annual music awards event in South Africa honouring and recognising accomplishments in the South African recording industry, and to celebrate the diversity infused in the different music genres.

Produced and hosted under the auspices of The Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA), the awards showcase the country’s finest musical talent and awards the previous year’s star performers at a gala event that is broadcast live on TV.

The 23rd edition of SAMA takes place in 2017. Three more popular categories have been added for SAMA23: Best African Indigenous Gospel album (Clap & Tap/Zion Music), Best Africa Artist album and Best AfroPop album. 

For further information of what comprises all categories represented in the SAMA, please visit our website on

The SAMA entries are open to all artists who have released an album between the 1 December 2015 and 3 January 2017.

The album must be commercially available in order to qualify for entry.

For more information on how to enter the SAMA’s, please visit or visit , or call RiSA at 011 886 1342

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