Wednesday, 20 May 2015, Johannesburg – Mi Casa, Mandoza and Berita are amongst the musicians who stand to be honoured at this year’s Wawela Music Awards (WMAs). The Southern African Music Rights Organisation NPC (SAMRO) today released the list of nominees of the 2015 edition of the awards. 

The WMAs remain the only event in the country to recognise South Africa’s song writing and composing talent.  Tiyani Maluleke, SAMRO’s Marketing General Manager, says what sets the Wawela Music Awards apart from many other awards ceremonies in South Africa is the fact that they acknowledge the people behind the music we know and love, the composers and songwriters of music.

 “We felt it was important to acknowledge and celebrate the talented songwriters and composers of this country.  Some of them are not necessarily performers, they write music for film, television and advertising meaning they sometimes go unnoticed. Without the SAMRO members who write and compose the songs that are the soundtracks of our lives the world would be a less colourful place.” she says.   

The 2015 nominees were selected through an extensive, audited process adjudicated by individuals drawn from several quarters of the South African music industry. Maluleke added that there was a huge amount of creative talent in South Africa and that the adjudication process was not an easy one. 

“We would like to extend hearty congratulations to all our nominees this year, it is through their hard work and support that we are able to have a successful  event that celebrates and showcases South Africa’s composing and song writing talent,“ she said. 

The WMAs are not exclusively designed to provide a platform for works that are created for performance. They also showcase the work of film score composers, television production composers and music used in commercials.

Some of the noteworthy winners in previous years have included great composing talents such as Grammy award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mbongeni Ngema and Lebo M as well as Academy Award winning film score composer Trevor Jones. 

Maluleke highlighted that the awards are in their third year and are set to grow from strength to strength as more and more serving music creators are brought to the fore. 

Wawela Music Award winners will be announced during a glitzy ceremony on 26 June 2015.   “We look forward to seeing numerous composers and authors of music recognised for their excellent contribution to South Africa’s music repertoire,” she says.





Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary

Chris Letcher

Benjamin Willem

Alun Richards

Best Song or Composition in a Television Production

Brendan Jury

Gideon Murray


Best Song or Composition in a Television Commercial

Jeremy Loops

Alun Richards

Adam Howard

Best Song or Composition in a Radio Commercial

Alun Richards

RJ Benjamin & Relebogile Mabotja

Louis Enslin

Best Creative Album of the Year

Mi Casa

Jessica Mbangeni

Nomfundo Xaluva

Songwriter of the Year



Elpece Musiq

Best South African Duo/Group


Sam and Calla


Best Female Artist & composer/co-composer

Nomfundo Xaluva

Lindiwe Maxolo


Best Male Artist & composer/co-composer


Elvis Blue

Jeremy Olivier



Lifetime Achievement Award

To be announced 

Prolific Catalogue of Works

To be announced 

Breaking Through The Borders

To be announced