Gqom, Amapiano get Sama recognition


Kwaito, Amapiano and Gqom will for the primary time compete as standalone classes on the South African Music Awards (Samas) after years of being consolidated.

Sowetan has confirmed that three new classes will probably be launched for the 27th annual installment of SA’s longest-running and prestigious music awards.

Final 12 months musicians in these genres competed beneath the umbrella Greatest Kwaito Album class, with DJ Tira’s Ikhenani profitable the class.

The 12 months earlier than the mixed class was Greatest Kwaito/Gqom/Amapiano and Spikiri scooped it.

“In our in depth consultations with the business as we deliberate for SAMA27, it grew to become abundantly clear that the final feeling was to separate these classes,” stated Samas spokesperson Lesley Mofokeng yesterday.

“It additionally helped that the variety of entries has been constantly adequate through the years to warrant them as standalone classes.

“That is testomony to the recognition of those genres and the expansion of our native music business. We’re delighted to witness this step in the best course and consider that these classes will probably be hotly contested.”

After being backed right into a nook by the Covid-19 pandemic final 12 months, the Samas staged a polarising five-day digital extravagance. Organisers are focusing on a “hybrid” ceremony this 12 months.

“Being in the course of a world pandemic and with a lot uncertainty, it’s our want to have some semblance of normalcy,” Mofokeng stated.

“It has develop into obvious that our choices are restricted to a hybrid occasion, which means small variety of friends will attend in individual, adhering to strict Covid-19 protocols, and we’ll stream and broadcast the present like we did with SAMA26. The venue is but to be confirmed.”

The awards had been put beneath the microscope final 12 months for his or her alleged lack of inclusivity, variety, progressivity and transparency. Mofokeng assured that measures can be put in place to keep away from such considerations.

“The SAMA stays dedicated to the agenda of inclusivity and variety. In our consultations with the business we had been inspired by the variety of new voices that contributed,” Mofokeng stated.

“The method was rigorous and thorough and the outcomes will probably be seen in our renewed power as we transfer in direction of SAMA27, even within the face of challenges in our path as a result of Covid-19 pandemic and different social ills.

“The SAMA has all the time been clear about its processes and techniques and it will proceed unchanged. After 27 years in existence the SAMA stays related and sought-after as a result of we reply to our ever altering surroundings and that is a mark of a progressive operation.”

Entries for submissions for the Samas are at the moment open for the eligibility interval between February 1 2020 and January 31 2021. Entries shut on January 31.

“We name on all creatives to submit their wonderful works for the consideration of our panel of judges,” stated RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi.

“We additionally sit up for SAMA27 after the challenges of SAMA26 which was delivered amidst a world pandemic and we stay devoted and dedicated to the reason for making SA music recognised for its excellence.”