2021 Samas receives over 1 000 entries, setting new record

Sho Madjozi shows off her award at the 2019 Samas.
Sho Madjozi shows off her award at the 2019 Samas.
Photo: Frennie Shivambu/Gallo Images
  • The 2021 Samas has received a record number of entries with from several genres throwing their name in the hat for a chance to win a coveted trophy.
  • According to RiSA, the 27th edition of the event brought in 1 163 entries.
  • With all entries in, the vetting process will begin, followed by judging. Nominees will be announced in April. 


The South African Music Awards (Samas) has seen a significant increase in entries for 2021, setting a new record for the event, according to a statement by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA).

The call for entries for the 27th edition of the event came in November 2020, closing on 31 January 2021.

"The rallying call was that the Samas are inclusive and fair, and that music is judged on its merits by reputable music industry experts. Musicians from all genres, persuasions and influences have thrown their names in the proverbial hat to be considered for the much sought after Sama trophy," the statement reads.

Looking back at the Samas over the last five years, a steady increase in entries is noted, from 400 at the 22nd award show in 2016, to 1 163 for the 2021 edition.

The Best Collaboration category brought in the highest amount of entries for this year's event at 170.

"We are greatly encouraged by this huge number of entries that came despite the challenges we faced as a nation from Covid-19 pandemic to economic woes and loss of income especially in the creative sector. We are humbled that the industry has voted in overwhelmingly great numbers that they believe the Sama has a place in their careers and the industry they operate in. This has been an incredible and successful drive, congratulations to the team at the SAMA and best wishes to the musicians who have brought their names forward," RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi said.

With all entries in, the vetting process will begin, followed by judging. Those who make the shortlist for the awards will be announced in April.  

Compiled by Nikita Coetzee

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