The first annual Wawela Music Awards, which will put the best of South Africa's global breakthrough acts on show, will take place in Joburg on Friday, 28 June, 2013. SAMRO members are urged to submit applications to enter.
Wawela is a Zulu word that means "beyond" and no phrase could be more fitting for the inaugural Wawela Music Awards, which has gone beyond our borders and put our tunes on the international agenda.
There's no doubt that SA music is on a mission. Never before have we had so many of our own composers, songwriters and performers making their mark as loud and proud South African music ambassadors all over the world. SAMRO believes that it's time that these musicians are rewarded with as much applause from South Africa as they receive internationally.
The awards are inspired by South African music creators' accomplishments on the international stage. They will also pay homage to the legends of local music who have paved the way to this point through their extraordinary lifetime achievements.
A range of genres, styles and categories
The awards are open to SAMRO members only, and only those who have had their works featured outside the borders of South Africa for the period 1 January to 31 December, 2011. Composers will be selected across a range of genres, styles and categories. The judging panel will also hand out a number of special awards.
The winners will be those musicians who have made an impact internationally. Certain categories will be judged on statistical performance, based on sales and radio play in international markets, while other awards will be decided on merit by a panel of respected and experienced industry professionals.
SAMRO members who would like to submit their entries for the Wawela Music Awards should go to www.wawelamusicawards.co.za to register. Entry is free, but all entrants must be available to attend the awards, if nominated.