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DJ Tira at the Samas. Image via Facebook South African Music Awards

Sama27: It’s Samas time again…here’s everything you need to know

Who are the hosts of and performers at this year’s Samas virtual event? And what are the three new categories? Read on to find out more…

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DJ Tira at the Samas. Image via Facebook South African Music Awards

It’s that time of the year, folks! The 27th South African Music Awards (Samas) are here and even though South Africa is on adjusted lockdown level 3, this year virtual Samas event — which will be held on 31 July — promise to be everything and more with a bit of a live feel.

The nominees for the awards were announced earlier this year and had music lovers buzzing with excitement. 

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THe hosts of this year’s Samas are actor and presenter Lawrence Maleka and lead choreographer of Netflix’s JIVA!, Bontle Moloi. The two previously worked together on e,tv’s Club 808 in 2017. Bontle Moloi expressed her eagerness to City Press about working with Lawrence again. 

“To reconnect again and get on stage together and have fun is going to be so cool. I think Lawrence is talented; you can’t deny that. I can’t wait to see how we redefine and reinvent this.” 

Moloi hosted the red carpet at the awards in 2019 when she was pregnant with her daughter, Afrika. 

Lawrence also expressed his excitement about hosting the awards saying he’s especially looking forward to the music. 

“For two hours, people will rejoice and be happy as we applaud the men and women who give us the music. The overall objective is for the artists to be glorified.”


This year’s Samas will see performances from several artists across all genres. Electronic music band Goodluck, soulful singer Langa Mavuso, Sjava and Boity are all on the line-up. There will also be a performance of Big Zulu’s mega-hit Mali Eningi with Riky Rick and IntabaYase Dubai. 

Other artists performing on the Sama27 stage are gospel singer Bucy Radebe, songstress Azana and Buhlebendalo. 

More performances are yet to be announced. 


This year’s Samas are exciting because it will be the first time Sama awards are handed out for the best amapiano, best gqom and best kwaito categories.

Samas spokesperson Lesley Mofokeng highlighted that the separation was because of the popularity and growth of the genres in the local music industry. 

The Samas will take place on 31 July at 20:00. The awards will be broadcasted on SABC1.