About - SAMRO


SAMRO’s primary role is to administer Performing Rights on behalf of our members. We do so by licensing music users (such as television and radio broadcasters, live music venues, retailers, restaurants, promoters and shopping centres), through the collection of licence fees which are then distributed as royalties.











Since 1961, SAMRO has been South Africa’s music rights champion. We protect the rights of composers and authors (music creators) both locally and internationally. Collecting licence fees from music users – television broadcasters, radio stations, in-store radio stations, pubs, clubs, retailers, restaurants and all other businesses that broadcast, use or play music.

SAMRO also plays a vital role in funding and supporting music and arts education through the SAMRO Foundation. It also boosts the local music industry by hosting regular seminars and workshops, and supporting conferences such as MOSHITO, to help foster and develop creativity across all categories and genres of music.

SAMRO is committed to being a world-class African copyright administration business that upholds the highest standards of corporate governance, business ethics and management in its quest to make a valuable and lasting contribution to the lives of its members, to South African cultural heritage, and to the music industry in general.


SAMRO was established in 1961 under the stewardship of Dr Gideon Roos Senior, to protect the intellectual property of composers and authors and to ensure that their creative output is adequately accredited and compensated both locally and internationally.

Today, SAMRO has grown into an internationally recognised collecting administration business representing more than 12 000 music creators. It has built up a solid reputation as the primary representative of music Performing Rights in Southern Africa, and is well respected among its global peers in the music industry.


  • To create value for the creators and users of music;
  • To protect the intellectual property rights of writers, composers and music publishers by licensing music users;
  • To ensure that members whose works are broadcast and played commercially are paid their royalties from licence fees collected by SAMRO; and
  • To actively promote the value of copyright.


Through its relationships with international collecting societies, SAMRO provides a valuable service to over three million music creators worldwide.

SAMRO is a member of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), enabling it to represent the interests of its composers, authors and publishers on a global scale.

  • Several of SAMRO’s senior managers and officials serve on various committees of CISAC – thereby representing the interests of South African composers, authors and publishers within this important international body.
  • SAMRO is involved in various CISAC initiatives in the SADC region and elsewhere in Africa, which also involve the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
  • SAMRO has been a member of CISAC’s African Committee since 1994, and held the chairmanship of the African Committee from 2000 to 2005.
  • In addition to SAMRO’s activities in Africa through CISAC, its Board of Directors is always looking for ways to become proactively involved in assisting fellow African societies in the development of collective administration in their countries. SAMRO aims to ensure that members receive the correct royalties for the use of their music on the African continent.


SAMRO is also accredited with BIEM, the primary international organisation representing mechanical rights societies. These reciprocal agreements and affiliations enable SAMRO to collect music royalties from 225 societies in 150 countries around the world, on behalf of its members. Furthermore, SAMRO administers – in its own territory – not only the music rights of its members, but also a massive repertoire database of music from all over the world.

As a significant player in the global music arena, SAMRO supports international industry trade fairs and music showcases such as MOSHITO in Johannesburg, MIDEM in France and the World Music Expo (WOMEX).


SAMRO maintains powerful relationships with music industry players, legal bodies and other institutions that strengthen our position as the champion of music rights. Here are a few names of those who work in tune with us to offer a better service for both Music Creators and Music Users.


We’re not just business people with important titles. We’re music lovers just like you. Each of the 12 people who sit on the Board of Directors is as passionate about the future of the music industry as you are.

We are fully invested in the success of all our artists. Especially when it comes to our home-brewed South African talents who are making musical waves locally and all around the world.

Mr N MaweniMr. N. Maweni
Independent Chairperson

Nicholas Darius Maweni is the Executive Chairman of BRICS Fashion. He is also the Marketing Director for SAP Africa and has

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extensive experience in both Private & Public Sector having worked as Chief of Staff for Ministry of Arts & Culture and Ministry of Justice & Constitutional Development.

He was the Managing Director for Black Management Forum and was previously the Chief Marketing Executive at IBM Africa, responsible for Marketing, Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Affairs and Market Insights.

He serves on various boards which include Valued Citizens Initiative, Edu Leaders Foundation and Amnesty International(TAG) South Africa.

With an MBA in Strategic Marketing and Masters of Law, Mr Maweni has received various awards, including one from the Institute of Marketing Management, as well as Citizen of the Year award from the City of Port Elizabeth. In 2010, the Black Management Forum (BMF) awarded him Manager of the Year.

Mr. S. Mayekiso
Independent Vice Chairperson

Mr Sisa Mayekiso has extensive work experience in the Private sector with specialization in the fields of Banking, Insurance and Asset Management.

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He holds the position of Managing Director of Volantis Capital (Pty) Ltd, a boutique investment management firm and brings knowledge, skills and expertise in the areas of Accounting, Treasury, Investment and Risk Management.
A qualified Chartered Accountant of South Africa [CA (SA)] and a CFA Charter Holder at the CFA Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, Mr Mayekiso also occupies the seat of Executive Director at Volantis Capital (Pty).

Dr. S. Vilakazi
Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr Sibongile Vilakazi, is a Research Psychologist with a PhD in Organizational Development and Diversity Management. She completed her PhD

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at Wits Business School (WBS) in 2015 and joined WBS as a faculty member in 2017 teaching on Strategy.

She is an academic with research interests in Business Strategy, Organisational Change and Design and Customer Experience. She supervises both MBA and PhD students in these areas.  Dr Vilakazi is also a business consultant, consulting for both small and large businesses.

She is currently a Customer Experience Consultant at Kantar, a global insights organisation. She serves in the leadership of the Black Management Forum. She also serves in the board of Kalagadi Manganese Mining company and Entsika Consulting. 

Ms. A. Lebethe

Annabell Lebethe started her career in the arts in 2001 and has since rapidly grown as an executive in arts and culture management sector.

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She holds a Master of Public Management qualification from the Regenesys School of Public Management, has completed a programme for Management Development at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and also has a diploma in Project Management from Damelin Management School. Additionally, she obtained a National Diploma: Town and Regional Planning, from Technikon Witwatersrand (now the University of Johannesburg).

Prior to being appointed as the CEO of the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), she held the position of CEO of Ditsong Museums of South Africa.

Previously, Annabell also served as the interim CEO of the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State, where she was tasked with stabilising the entity, implementing its turnaround strategy, developing the organisational structure, dealing with audit findings, developing the artistic framework and formalising governance structures and operations. Prior to this, she served as CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation.

During her long and distinguished career, Annabell also held numerous other senior and consulting positions within the arts and culture sector.

Mr. J. Scullion

John Scullion is an experienced Finance professional qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993 following articles with PwC.

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He has a broad range of commercial experience in leadership and support roles in both the private and public sector as CFO and Senior Finance Manager. Most recently he was a Chief Operations Officer (COO) for a fertilizer company that was involved in a sale process with private equity and investment bankers.

Since 2010 all his roles have been contract positions where one is required to quickly adapt in order to add value. Mr Scullion has a strong controls orientated background and his ability to communicate and engage with staff across the breadth of an organisation has assisted him in achieving success in challenging environments.

In the early part of his career, Mr Scullion worked as an Internal Auditor before joining the South African Breweries where he was involved in a number of successful strategic business initiatives. Subsequent to SAB he held a variety of senior roles in key industries including 5 years at dual listed resources company.

Mr Scullion is a self-starter who is results and deadline orientated, with excellent interpersonal and analytical skills.

Mr. T. Thekiso
Non-Executive Board Member

Tebogo “Proverb” Thekiso is a veteran South African rapper who has been in the music industry for the last two decades, as well as a  prominent figure in the media and music industry.

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Over 10 years as host of South African Idols & co-executive producer. 17 years in television and radio respectively. A music career expanding over 10 years, boasting 5 albums, a DVD, countless collaborations, and a successful run in the entertainment business since 2009. Mr. Thekiso is a corporate speaker, influencer, philanthropist, and event host/MC including those of national interest i.e. Miss South Africa, Nation Heritage Day, and The Nelson Mandela Foundation functions. 

Diploma in Sound Engineering
UCT Tax Law Certificate
UCT Property Development & Investment Certificate

Mr. R. Hill
Non-Executive Board Member

Ryan Hill is a South African Music Publisher with eighteen years of experience and a Master’s degree in music. He currently occupies most of

Mr. R. Naicker
Non-Executive Board Member

Rowlin Naicker is the Managing Director of Sony Music Publishing with oversight for a host of iconic acts such as Mdu Masielela, Abdullah

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his day as Managing Director of Universal Music Publishing Africa and is deeply involved in industry development. He has chaired and is a co-founding director of the Music Publishers’ Association of South Africa (MPA SA), vice-chaired and co-founded the Composers, Authors and Publishers Association of South Africa (CAPASSO). He has ground-up experience in the music publishing industry – from composing, copyright administration, licensing (including major digital licensing deals) and A&R through to regional industry leadership and copyright law reform processes. He is passionate about empowering industry stakeholders to build more robust structures in the market and encouraging skills development and transfer across the region. 

As Managing Director at Universal Music Publishing, Ryan has signed prominent talents such as Black Coffee, AKA, Burna Boy, DJ Clock, Gemini Major & Tresor. 

Ryan lectures the Music Business Management course part-time at the internationally and locally accredited Academy of Sound Engineering. He also presents at public workshops and corporate strategy sessions, is a panelist and MC at music industry events, has been a judge at international industry awards and has volunteered for community projects such as the refurbishment of the Alhambra Theatre in Johannesburg.

In his spare time Ryan is pianist, salsa dancing instructor, supporter of the Johannesburg Afro-Latin Festival, and member of the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg. He has volunteered at events such as the One Young World global summit and is a keen citizen scientist with a focus on ecology.

Mr. G. Le Roux
Non-Executive Board Member

Gabi studied theory and piano from 1962 to 1973 and then orchestral percussions and brass arrangements from 1978 to 1982. He is a multi-

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instrumentalist who plays keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, and percussions  

He owns Kaleidosound Music & Media (Established in 1995) in Cape Town. His experience as a professional musician dates back to 1976. He has played at the Hotel Circuit in countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, etc. he has also toured with various bands throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Since becoming a Producer in 1989, he has produced over 60 albums in genres including Mbaqanga, Kwaito, Jazz, Classical, House, Afro Pop, Rock, Pop, Gospel, Hip-Hop & Amapiano.

Gabi has produced and worked with top SA music icons including Mandoza, Brenda Fassie, Busi Mhlongo, Ringo Madlingosi, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Lebo Mathosa, Kabelo, Chiskop, Thembi Seete, Vicky Sampson, Mapaputsi, Brown Dash, Danny K and The Heuwels Fantasties.

Among his many accolades are three triple-platinum awards, two platinum awards, four gold awards, multiple SAMA awards for various artists produced and co-composer, two consecutive SAMA song of the year as co-composer and producer “Nkalakatha” as well as “Godoba” by Mandoza, SAMA song of the decade nomination (co-composed and produced “Nkalakatha” by Mandoza), multiple SAMA nominations for artists Produced and co-composer, SAMA nomination as artist and composer in 1997and awarded lifetime achievement Wawela 2016 – Prolific Catalogue of Works.

Besides composing and producing music for multiple corporate clients in the retail and service Sectors, he is the founding general secretary of TUMSA (Trade Union for Musicians of SA).

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Ibrahim, Joyous Celebration, Freshlyground, Bombjeez/Kalawa, Theo Kgosinkwe of Mafikizolo, Brenda Fassie, Hugh Masekela and is also responsible for securing talent such as DJ Maphorisa, Moonchild, Matthew Mole, Mi Casa, D’banj, Busiswa, Kabza De Small, 2Baba, Nomcebo Zikode, Black Motion amongst others to the SMP global roster.

Rowlin is currently a board director of MPASA (Music Publishers Association South Africa) and a board director of CAPASSO (Composers Authors Publishers Association) and is the chairperson of FINCOMM and a member DIGICOMM, both being committees of CAPASSO with an important role of ensuring the best digital deals for Pan Africa.

He brings professionalism, dedication, energy and vast expertise that he has gained over the last two decades having started his musical journey in 1999 at Primedia/Electromode Music then EMI Records in 2004 and in 2007 joining Sony Music Publishing. Rowlin is a passionate music business executive and a true ambassador of African music both at home and on international shores.

Mr. M. Mnguni
Non-Executive Board Member

Mandrew represents both International Libraries and Skumba Music, which is one of the fast-growing South African libraries. Skumba

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currently represents 17 local selections of vibrant and exciting libraries under its umbrella designed to suit any television, film or radio production. Skumba Music boasts well over 7000 pieces of high standard quality music using over 35 local songwriters and musicians.

The wide range of libraries features a catalogue of Original African Vical recordings dating back from the 1960s entitled African Renaissance. With a host of various musical genres, Skumba Music ranges from bush drums, kwaito, house, African jazz, film scores, hip-hop, modern beats, sports theme logos and many more.

In his opinion, music plays a fundamental role in any visual production, and therefore he has formed and continues to maintain excellent relationships with a variety of South African composers such as film composer Philip Miller, 2010 SABC themes and logos Peter Ngobese, Dumisani Maseko, Bongani Fassie, and Claude Ndlovu 2012 Open Varsity inserts just to name a few.

Ms. G Bosman
Non-Executive Board Member

Born in Mofolo and raised in Pimville, Soweto, Gloria’s career began in the church choir.

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A production at the Market Theatre in 1993 earned her a scholarship to study opera at the Pretoria Technikon. Gloria has shared the stage (both locally and internationally) with too many music greats to list here, but including the likes of: Sibongile Khumalo, Moses Molelekwa, Tananas, Concord Nkabinde, Sipho Mabuse, Vusi Mahlasela, Sipho Gumede, Oliver Mtukudzi, Victor Masondo and Hugh Masekela.

She has performed in countries and cities like; London, France, Finland, Amsterdam, Australia, Angola, Nigeria, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana and a tour in South America (Chile, Argentina, Peru and Venezuela.

She has performed successful in Algeria as part of the PAN African festival. In 2010 she was part of a theatrical production called African Songbook, which was staged at the Arts Cape, Cape Town. She was also part of the Shanghai Expo in China in July 2010.In 2011/12 she has done theatre work for Porgy & Bess and Mandela Trilogy and she toured UK and was nominated for Naledi Awards.

Theatre: Jubilation, Milestones and the Lion & the Lamb staring John Kani. Appearances as a cast member on Soul City and Muvhango. 2011 & 2013 Performed with Hugh Masekela on “Songs of Migration” at the Market Theatre and the Joburg Theatre.

She recently did the Standard Joy of Jazz at the Market Theatre with, Liz Wright and Kurt Elling. Performed in an extravaganza called; Daughters of the King. For the 20 years South African Democracy celebrations; performed I Mumbai and Delhi. Recently performed at the Grahamstown Festival at the Monument and SBYJ. Also performed at the opening of the Standard Bank JOJ at the Sandton Convention Centre. Worked as a presenter in community radio station; Rainbow FM for their drive-time slot. Did a voice over for the Radio Hollard campaign. Presented Jazz Indaba on ETV. 

 Recently recorded a Gloria Bosman Live album, which will be available in October. She is also part of the Joy of Jazz line-up this November 2022, doing a show called Gloria Bosman remembering Sibongile Khumalo, with an all-female band.


SAMRO upholds a high standard of integrity and transparency. We make our financial statements available to the public so that Music Users and Music Creators alike can have a clear picture of how we collect and distribute royalties. In this way, we are reassuring our partners that the royalties we collect are distributed to the correct members.