The Wawela Music Awards have returned for a second instalment in 2014; music composers, authors, lyricists and publishers across the country are invited to submit their entries for this year’s awards. 

Proudly brought to you by the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), and open exclusively to its members, the Wawela Music Awards celebrate the onstage and behind the scenes talent our country has to offer.

“The Wawela Music Awards recognise SAMRO members who have lit up local and international stages, screens and airwaves with their incredible talent. It is their way of saying thank you to creative trailblazers who’ve gone beyond the norm to produce memorable work,” explained Sipho Dlamini, CEO of SAMRO. 

As the only awards ceremony paying homage to our country’s unsung heroes – the composers, songwriters, lyricists and publishers of music-, recognising their diverse musical talent, there is no doubt that the Wawela Music Awards will soon entrench themselves in the industry, becoming a highlight in our country’s entertainment calendar.

Entries open from 20 February 2014 to 20 April 2014. 

Works that were active  between 01 January 2012 and 31 December 2012 are eligible for entry. Musical magic makers in the following three categories will be awarded;


1. Standard Awards – Open for submission by SAMRO members ONLY.

•Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary

•Best Song or Composition in a Television Production

•Best Song or Composition in a Television Commercial

•Best Song or Composition in a Radio Commercial

•Best Creative Album of the Year

•Publisher of the Year

•Songwriter of the Year

•Best South African Duo/Group

•Best Female Artist & Composer/Co-composer

•Best Male Artist & Composer/Co-composer


2. Special Awards – Not open for entry, winners will be nominated and selected by a panel of judges.

1.Lifetime Achievement Award

2.Breaking Through the Borders Award

3.Prolific Catalogue of Works Award

4.Prolific Publishers Achievement Award


3. Statistical Award The award based on statistical information from SAMRO

•SAMRO Award for Broadcast and Live Performances


Wawela Music Awards will only accept online entries, submissions can be made on  For more information regarding the awards, please visit Queries can also be directed to, or on 011 712 8505.