It’s hip hop versus dance as SAMA24 Record of the Year race starts

The SAMA24 top 20 shortlist for Record of the Year revealed this evening point to a dominant dance culture and a thriving hip hop industry. The nominees were announced on SABC1’s Live Amp, kick starting a public vote season to determine the winner. Rapper AKA leads the pack with three nods. He has his monster hits The World Is Yours, Caiphus Song and Don’t Forget To Pray featuring Anatii to thank for the triple whammy. While Lady Zamar flies the dance flag with two berths for My Baby and Love is Blind, Kwesta holds it down for hip hop with his two hits Spirit featuring Wale and Ngiyazifela Ngawe featuring Thabsie. After getting the nation down to their pulsating beats, house DJs have a reason to celebrate. Prince Kaybee received the green light for Charlotte; DJ Zinhle with Colours featuring Tamara Dey; Heavy K for Inde featuring Bucie; DJ Kent on Love You Still featuring Domini; DJ Maphorisa with Midnight featuring D; and Black Motion with Imali. Some of the biggest summer anthems found …

SAMA24 nominations deliver a mixed bag of fortunes

Top South African bands Mafikizolo and Mi Casa and elegant songbird Simphiwe Dana proved their staying power when they swept the boards at the SAMA24 nominees announcement this evening.
Mafikizolo, superstar Afro-pop band has bolted ahead of the pack with three nods in Best Afro Pop Album, Best Engineered Album and Best Produced Album for 20, their milestone release. They are tied with Mi Casa, the accomplished dance trio also boasting three nominations in Best Dance Album, Best Produced Album and Best Engineered Album for Familia. Simphiwe Dana vies for top honours in the Best Live Audiovisual, Best Jazz Album and Best African Artist for her Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience.
The SAMA24 nominations were unveiled at a glittering function held at Birchwood Hotel in Ekurhuleni on Thursday night, attended by industry heavyweights and the stars that make the South African music industry sparkle the brightest.
Hot on the heels of Mafikizolo, Mi Casa and Simphiwe Dana with two nominations each…

The City of Ekurhuleni rolls out the red carpet for #SAMA24 nominees

The Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) is delighted to announce their partnership with the City of Ekurhuleni municipality.
The nominees for SAMA24 will be announced at a glittering event in the City of Ekurhuleni, on the evening of 19 April 2018.
The City of Ekurhuleni is home to some of South Africa’s foremost talent such as last year’s big winner Kwesta and it’s a creative hub across the arts and culture spectrum.
Comments RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi: ‘This partnership is a perfect fit. The City of Ekurhuleni is known for giving South Africa some of the biggest names in music and the arts in general.  We are delighted to be returning there for the second year in a row. It's going to be a spectacular night with industry heavyweights and best of luck to all the entrants’.
The City of Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor Cllr Mzwandile Masina says: ‘We are delighted to be partnering with the Recording Industry of South Africa on the nominees launch for the SAMA24. The City of Ekurhuleni str…


JOHANNESBURG, 11 APRIL 2018 –The end of January 2018 saw an ice-breaking announcement from Castle Lite where producer and multi-award winning artist, Chance The Rapper was revealed as the headline act for this year’s Castle Lite Unlocks Music Experience! To further add to the excitement, South Africa’s very own trailblazing rappers Nadia Nakai, Frank Casino and Shane Eagle will set the coldest stage alight. Just as we thought the line-up couldn’t get any more extra cold, Castle Lite has done it again by Unlocking the unexpected with taking experiential entertainment to the next level by unveiling SA’s ultimate party starters DJ PH, Miss Cosmo, Ayanda MVP and Major League DJs.
“Castle Lite thrives on connecting world stages, breaking boundaries and making the impossible possible on African soil. The Unlocks Music Experience has a success rate of selling out and we can confirm that tickets are selling very fast. So, we encourage people to go to Computicket and get their tickets to experie…


It's not every day that youngsters get the chance to stay in and throw an extra cold house party, especially if Gogo is around! This is exactly what happened to a gent from Soweto, named Xolani Tshezi, when he simply tweeted Bontle Modiselle & Castle Lite, asking for an Ultimate House Party to be thrown for him at his house, after watching an episode of the show on Mzansi Magic. However, the spanner in the works is that Xolani lives with his grandmother! Twitter went abuzz with Ultimate House Party fans suggesting that Xolani’s gogo should be taken out while the kids have fun in her house. As the brand that listens to the masses, Castle Lite replied to Xolani and decided to give him TWO extra cold experiences. One for his gogo and friends around town, as well as one for his mates at home, “akekho ugogo style”. On Saturday, 7 April 2018, DJ Warras arrived with the Cara Cara to take Xolani’s Gogo and her friends for an extra cold experience around Johannesburg.

#GogosNightOut was…

SAMA24 entries set a new record

The South African Music Awards (SAMA) continue the upward trajectory with the number of entries for the prestigious awards on the increase.
This year the SAMA office received 778 eligible entries up from 740 of last year and about 470 of 2016. And for the second year in a row, the SAMA office makes public the complete list of entries.
This sustained and substantial increase is a vote of confidence in the integrity and prestige of the SAMA as the ultimate music honour for local and continental musicians.
A buoyant RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi says this bodes well for the SAMA: ‘We are still committed to the practice of openness and transparency and a fair selection process. We release these entries for the industry and music supporters to be kept abreast of the developments as we progress through the stages of the SAMA. We also do so to avoid any surprises when we announce the final nomination list in the next few weeks.
 ‘We are thankful that year after year, the industry gives us a thumbs up…


Yemi Alade, confirmed to speak at Midem 2018

Paris, Tuesday 13th March 2018 –  Midem, home to the global music community, today announces the launch of its High-Potential Markets Programme designed to assist music professionals from around the world by encouraging business development and the discovery of new talent.

The new initiative aims to foster bilateral exchanges between international and national music executives and sectors in order to facilitate the structuring and professionalization of the high-potential markets.

In 2018, the new Programme will focus on the African music industry with a four-day ‘African Forum’ during Midem (June 5-8 in Cannes). The forum will be preceded by a series of industry meetings across four African countries, to support the structuring of the African music industry, stimulate discussions between African and international music stakeholders, develop sustainable business models for African labels and artists in order to boost African music on a local a…