AKA leads SAMAs nominations

The SAMAs are back on track and AKA leads the nominees. Image source: Instagram @AKAWorldWide

SAMAs get the show back on the road with new date and venue

The 29th SAMAs are back on track with a venue and date announced for the biggest night in South African music.

AKA leads SAMAs nominations

The SAMAs are back on track and AKA leads the nominees. Image source: Instagram @AKAWorldWide

The 29th South African Music Awards (SAMAs) are back on track after a dramatic exchange with the Kwa-Zulu Natal government. Despite the dramatic setback, a new date and venue has been announced for this year’s ceremony.

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It looked for sure as if we would not be seeing the SAMAs in 2023 after this year’s ceremony was cancelled at the 11th hour. This all followed a series of dramatic events which saw the KZN government, the Recording industry of South Africa (RiSA) and even President Cyril Ramaphosa involved.

Just when it seemed as if the SAMAs wouldn’t be returning this year, it has just been announced that the awards show will be taking place on the 18th of November in Pretoria.

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The news was circulated via press release to members of the media on Monday the 6th of November. RiSA announced a new joint partnership with Africa Fest that will see them bring the SAMAs to the SunBet Arena in Menlyn, Pretoria. The event has been scheduled to take place on the 18th of November and a new headline sponsor, Toyota, has been announced.

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In the press release, Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO of RiSA (the owners of the SAMAs) said, “It took some nifty footwork and agility to ensure that SAMA29 is saved and staged on the set date. We are humbled by the receptive and sympathetic nature of our partners at Africa Fest who showed that the industry can be stronger when we are together.”


Tickets for this year’s SAMAs are already on sale, and the collaboration with Africa Fest will see an improved roster of performers. The nominees remain unchanged as late rapper, AKA, leads the way with seven nominations in a number of key categories including Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.

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K.O., DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small follow closely with a number of nominations each. The 29th SAMAs will be broadcast on SABC 1 on the 18th of November 2023 and fans can expect to catch all the red carpet action along with performances and winner annoucnements.

The only question is: who are you backing to win the biggest prizes?