Dear SAMRO Member
We are fast approaching the halfway mark of 2017 and what a year it has been already!
There’s no rest or slowly easing into the winter season for us at SAMRO though. After the success of our CEO Music Industry Roundtable in Durban, we have already started to work on the next information session.
We have also been hard at work testing our online digital platform ahead of opening for entries for the 5th annual Wawela Music Awards (WMAs), set to be staged later in the year. While on the subject of the awards, we would like to congratulate all the winners at the 23rd South African Music Awards (SAMAs), especially Kwesta who walked away with the SAMRO sponsored category, SAMRO Highest Airplay of the Year.
In this issue, we share with you how and where to go if you would like to submit your music for the upcoming WMAs. This year’s awards are set to be our best yet, so you do not want to miss out!
We also give you the lowdown on what transpired in Durban, where we hosted hundreds of passionate music creators and industry personnel at The Playhouse during the latest leg of our SAMRO CEO Music Industry Roundtable information sharing session.
We also look at the evolution of house music and how musicians, such as the dynamic duo, Black Motion have incorporated live instruments such as drums to elevate their performances to new levels.
Then we look at the future of music DVDs – do they still matter? Why does it appear that they have lost their appeal?
As a talent, are collaborative albums something to consider? Rappers AKA and Anatii are set to release a joint album at some stage this year. As the fans wait for the release, is such an album a model worth pursuing in the South African context? Read the article for a lowdown on the subject matter.
Finally, we look at the latest move by DJs SPHEctacula and Naves. The pair have left the City of Gold for KwaZulu Natal – having left Metro FM not so long ago and recently announced as the new hosts of Gagasi FM’s afternoon drive.
Don’t forget to check out some of this month’s gigs to attend. We wish you all a wonderful and warm Youth Month.
General Manager: Marketing and Communications