The Annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs) journey has officially begun with entries opening from today 01 November 2016 – 31 January 2017, yes you read it right, it’s a once off three (3) month submission period. The awards are classified as the premier Annual Music Awards event in South Africa that exist to honour and recognise 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 annual event showcases the country’s finest musical talent and awards the previous year’s star performers at a gala event that is broadcast live.
The 23rd edition of the South African Music Awards is to take place in 2017. With categories that cover all the commercially significant musical genres, you will be pleased to know that we have added three (3) more popular categories of music for SAMA 23 i.e. the 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 South African Music Awards, please visit our website on
The SAMA entries are open to all artists who have released an album between the 1st December 2015 till the 31st January 2017. The album must be commercially available in order to qualify for entry. We encourage all recording artists and recording labels whose artists qualify, to submit their entries during this period and enter their albums for the SAMA 23 season. As the only music awards event that recognises and awards the different music genres in South Africa, being in line to be considered for the coveted prized statuette is a monumental achievement (let alone winning it)for any South African artist, group, producer or engineer.