Entries are officially open for the 2021 Samas

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Sho Madjozi shows off her award at the 2019 Samas.
Sho Madjozi shows off her award at the 2019 Samas.
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  • Entries are officially open for the 27th annual South African Music Awards.
  • Eligible artists have been asked to submit their work for consideration for the deadline on 31 January 2021.
  • In order to qualify, music must have been released between 1 February 2020 and 31 January 2021.


Entries for the 2021 South African Music Awards (Samas) are officially open.

The Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) made the announcement on Thursday, with CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi saying in a statement to the press: "We call on all creatives to submit their amazing works for the consideration of our panel of judges. We also look forward to SAMA27 after the challenges of SAMA26 which was delivered amidst a global pandemic and we remain dedicated and committed to the cause of making SA music recognised for its excellence."

In order to qualify for entry, music must have been released between 1 February 2020 and 31 January 2021.

"The SAMAs are open to RiSA members and non-RiSA members. Head over to the SAMA website for more information on the entry process that allows for digital and physical entries," the press statement explains, adding that there has been a steady increase in the number of entries over the years. "Up from 400 in 2016 to 802 in 2020."

Entries for the 27th Sama awards close at midnight on 31 January 2021.

The 2020 Samas saw the award show move to a virtual setting for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ceremony was split into five episodes and aired between 3 and 7 August. 

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