The 2020 Samas kicks off tonight - here's what to expect from each episode

Sho Madjozi shows off her award at the 2019 Samas.
Sho Madjozi shows off her award at the 2019 Samas.
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  • The 2020 Samas has moved to the virtual space and will be split into five episodes airing between 3 and 7 August.
  • Sama spokesperson, Lesley Mofokeng, said the decision to break the show into bite-sized pieces came about as a way for organisers to be creative in the way they packaged the content.
  • The theme for the awards is "ForThaKultcha", and each episode will have a sub-theme.


Many award shows have made the move into the virtual world in 2020 due to the coronavirus, and the South African Music Awards (Samas) is no exception. 

Organisers announced in July that the show would be split into five bite-sized episodes and air between 3 and 7 August at 21:30 via My Muze by Vodacom and on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161). 

Speaking to Channel24, Lesley Mofokeng, spokesperson for the Samas, says the show may be virtual, but it will not "lose that spirit and the excitement that the Samas have become known for."

Lesley says the decision to split the show into five episodes came about as a way for the organisers to be creative in how they packaged the content. 

"It really is just making sure that we cover all the basics and making sure that we present our awards in an unusual and innovative way," he adds. 

When it came to recording each episode, Lesley says the production team made sure to respect social distancing regulations put in place by the government. "There were limitations in terms of how many people are on set because it is shot in studio for the hosts. And then the performances also are shot with limited crew, and obviously making sure that we are wearing masks and we're using sanitiser and all of those things."

He adds that some presenters were also filmed in their homes. "You'll see this when you watch the show. It has a different take altogether. It's produced very differently, and it respects what are the new norms and the rules of engagement."

The theme for the awards this year is "ForThaKultcha". Lesley explains that each episode will also have a sub-theme. 

Here's a breakdown of the theme for each episode:

Monday - For Tha Roots

"Tonight is 'for the roots'. So, you'll see a lot of musicians that fall under the traditional kind of domain of music and the categories that honour that will be the ones that are being announced tonight."

Tuesday - For Tha Soul

"Tomorrow we move on to the soul - soul and R&B," Lesley explains.

Wednesday - For Tha streets

Genres like kwaito, pop and hip-hop fall under this category.

Thursday - For Tha craft

Categories like best produced album and best engineered album will be recognised here.

Friday - For Tha club

"And then the finale is known as 'for the club', and here is a party. You have best rock, you've got best dance as well as the finale, the biggest one, which is record of the year," Lesley says.