Local stars curate exclusive music playlists ahead of 22nd annual SAMAS

By Faeza
17 May 2016

If you were to compile a playlist of your favourite South African songs of all time, which ones would you choose?

In celebrating all things local, loud and proud, the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards have asked high profile South Africans to start the conversation by sharing a playlist of their respective all-time favourite 22 SA songs.

8-time SAMA 20 winning group Mafikizolo, celebrated TV and radio darling Bonang Matheba, the North God of South African Hip-hop Da L.E.S, last year’s four-time SAMA winner DJ Clock, former Destiny Man editor Kojo Baffoe (now an in-demand public speaker), lead vocalist of group Fokofpolisiekar Francois van Coke, Afrikaans electronic band Die Heuwels Fantasties and wildly popular double SAMA nominees Desmond and the Tutus, among many others, have each curated a playlist of their favourite 22 home-grown tracks to share with the nation.

These exclusive playlists will be available to stream from the SAMA 22 curator page www.applemusic.com/SAMA22 on Apple Music, ahead of the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards at the Durban International Convention Centre on Saturday, 4 June 2016. The star-studded ceremony, packed with electrifying live performances and collaborations by the nominees, will be broadcast live onSABC1 at 8pm on the 4th June 2016.

Says Refiloe Ramogase, CEO of the South African Music Awards: “Music forms the soundtrack to our everyday lives – it accompanies our defining moments. As South Africans, I think we don’t always appreciate quite how far we’ve come as a nation musically, and how much we owe to both pioneers and the current trailblazers.

“There’s such a rich repository of South African music playing on constant rotation in our heads that we thought it only fit for SAMA 22 to pay tribute to this incredible music legacy, while we look forward to saluting the latest crop of industry stars and future legends on 4th June at Durban ICC!"

Stream these SAMA 22 playlists on Apple Music today – and get grooving to some classic South Africa tunes! Apple Music is available now for a free, three-month trial http://www.apple.com/za/music/

Don’t forget that all the tracks by SAMA nominees and Amstel Record of the Year nominees are also available to download at www.applemusic.com/SAMA22.

Notes to Editors:

Exclusive playlists and music from all SAMA genres and award categories will be available to stream on Apple Music or to download and enjoy on iTunes. Music fans should also follow SAMA 22 on Apple Music Connect on the night for even more news and exclusive content. For further information, please click here: www.applemusic.com/SAMA22

The South African Music Awards are organised by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA). The City of Durban is the hosting partner for the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards; the SABC is the official broadcast partner and PRASA is the transport partner.

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