Xanet Scheepers

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SAMA29 finds a new venue, joins forces with Africa Fest

The Recording Industry of SA (RiSA) were left out in the cold after the eThekwini municipality pulled out of hosting the event in Durban.

The South African Music Awards (Samas) announced on Monday morning the SAMA29 will be hosted in collaboration with Africa Fest this year.

This after President Cyril Ramaphosa advised the KwaZulu-Natal government not to sponsor and host the Samas due to financial reasons.

The glamorous event, which is set to take place on Saturday 18 November will be held at the SunBet Arena at Time Square, Menlyn Maine in Tshwane.

Arnold Coleske of Africa Fest said they are delighted to be working with SAMA29 as part of the Africa Fest inaugural offering.

“When RiSA approached us for this collaboration we saw it as an opportunity for the industry to work together. Our dealings with each other have been seamless, we found a lot of common ground and synergies. This is a big win for South African music,” Coleske said in a statement.

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SAMA29 saved with nifty footwork

CEO of RiSA, Nhlanhla Sibisi said it took some nifty footwork and agility to ensure that SAMA29 was saved and staged on the set date, adding that they were humbled by the receptive and sympathetic nature of their partners at Africa Fest.  

“This is a display of the Sesotho adage kopano ke matla (unity is strength). They have generously accommodated our programme and will be assisting in ensuring that the awards run as smoothly as possible with the highest production values befitting the calibre of our musicians. I have no doubt that it will be a memorable one,” the statement read.

All the important details about SAMA29

Tickets for the glitzy event are available at Computicket from R200. The red carpet kicks off at 16:00.

If you are unable to attend the event in person, you can still get a piece of the action by tuning into SABC1 at 8pm on Saturday 18 November.

About Africa Fest

Africa Fest is billed as the most spectacular African concert experience South Africa has ever seen and will feature some of the best Amapiano artists and top talent such as Kabza De Small, Makhadzi, DBN Gogo, Samthing Soweto, Kamo Mphela, Pabi Cooper, Nkosazana Daughter; Uncle Waffles; Mas MusiQ; Sam Deep; DJ Stokie and Lesego M. The festival is a celebration of African talent, culture and the unifying power of music.

Visit www.samusicawards.co.za for more information.

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