SOUTH AFRICA'S TV WEBSITE
SIGN IN SEARCH MENU
SOUTH AFRICA'S TV WEBSITE


The South African Music Awards

Genres: Music, Award Shows
Broadcast on: SABC1, Mzansi Magic

Rate:

6.7

Add to Show Favourites

Broadcaster information
South African channels

SABC1 : 28 Apr 1998 - 31 Jul 2021
Mzansi Magic : 03 Aug 2020 - 07 Aug 2020

About the Show

The South African Music Awards (SAMAs) are South Africa's premier annual music awards, recognising musical excellence across all genres, from traditional to Afrikaans to Rock and Pop as well as paying tribute to the various facets of musical production including production, engineering and video production.

Winning a SAMA is the highest award a musician or producer can win in South African music. An award statuette is called a SAMA.

The SAMAs are run by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA).

The event was instituted in 1995 and has been held annually ever since. The awards for a year occur early in that year, and are judged on performances made in the previous year.

The first awards ceremony was devised after a string of failed sponsored awards ceremonies ending in 1992, with no recognition for the music industry for three years. The nominees were held on 29 June, 1995 with the first award ceremony following on 29 July, 1995. Both events took place in Midrand at The Theatre On The Track.

Prizes for the first SAMAs were awarded in 29 categories, which were:

Best Female Singer
Best Male Singer
Best Traditional Performance: Nguni
Best Traditional Performance: Sesotho
Best Traditional Performance: Boeremusiek
Best Traditional Performance: Tsonga
Best Traditional Performance: Venda
Best New Artist / Group
Best Vocal Performance: Choirs
Best Vocal Performance: Mbube / A Cappella
Best Music Video
Best Instrumental Performance
Best Jazz Performance: Traditional
Best Jazz Performance: Contemporary
Best Mbaqanga Performance
Best Contemporary Dance Music
Best MOR (Middle of the Road) Performance
Best Pop Album
Best Rock Album
Best Reggae Album
Best Rap Album
Best Gospel Performance
Outstanding Contribution to South African Music
Best South African-Composed Soundtrack
Song of the Year
Best Album Packaging
Best Producer
Best Engineering
Best Short Play

The first awards to be televised were the fourth, in 1998 - a two-hour special which aired three days after the actual award ceremony. The first live broadcast was in 2002, at the eighth SAMA awards.

The show is typically held each year at the Superbowl in Sun City and is broadcast on SABC1, with performances given by some of the nominees and other guests. The venue changed to Monte Casino for the 2011 awards and returned to Sun City in 2012.

In 2016 the awards were held at the Durban International Convention Centre.
 


Starring

as
Host - Herself

as
Host - Herself

as
Host - Herself

as
Host - Herself

as
Host - Herself

as
Host - Herself

as
Host - Herself

as
Host - Herself

as
Host - Herself

as
Host - Herself

as
Host - Herself

as
Host - Herself

as
Host - Herself

as
Host - Himself

as
Host - Himself

as
Host - Himself

HHP
as
Host - Himself

as
Host - Himself

as
Host - Himself

as
Host - Himself

as
Host - Himself

as
Host - Himself

as
Host - Himself


2022 SAMAs - all the nominees

07 Jun 2022 | Written by: TVSA Team | From: Awards
You really have to squint to spot the Idols alumni in this year's nods.


2021 SAMAS: all the winners

01 Aug 2021 | Written by: TVSA Team | From: Awards | 5 comments
The full list with a sprinkling of Red Carpet pix.


New on TV today: Saturday 31 July

31 Jul 2021 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
SAMA 27 airs live on SABC1 and Nat Geo Wild meets The Croc That Ate Jaws.


Latest Discussions

  THREAD LAST POST REPLIES
2015 SAMAs build-up: performers, glam cam and other matters TVSA Team
16 Apr 2015 14h05
0


LATEST ARTICLES

Make the SABC yours with this open call for content

The SABC is on a search for shows for SABC1, 2 and 3 by producers and content creators.


Kind van die Noodlot Teasers - September 2022

Elif faces a major breach of her privacy when someone reads her diary.


In die Ysterhand se Greep Teasers - September 2022

Iclal grows suspicious of Nur, and makes a devastating discovery.


New on TV today: Tuesday 16 August

Returning series include Untold on Netflix and Tournament of Champions on Food.


House of Zwide 2 Teasers - September 2022

Ona is done with House of Zwide.


New on TV today: Monday 15 August

uBettina Wethu 2 and The Queens of Mzansi take over SABC1, as Have Faith returns to MTV.


New on TV today: Sunday 14 August

More Coolest OG's do battle on SABC2 and Celebrity Game Face is guilty as charged on E!.


New on TV today: Saturday 13 August

Miss SA 2022 airs live on Mzansi Magic and M-Net, as eReality documents Uncensored Cops.


The taxi bosses of Isibaya in real life

Carte Blanche gets into the back seat of a real life taxi boss and it's just like the TV show. Bullets fly.


Skeem Saam Teasers - September 2022

Kat gets struck by gut wrenching betrayal and there's a battle of the sexes at the Grade 8 debate.

LATEST SITE ACTIVITY


More activity at TVSA Central



LATEST SOAPIE TEASERS



LATEST SOAPIE TEASERS





×
×

You browser doesn't have Flash, Silverlight, Gears, BrowserPlus or HTML5 support.