Two nominees for this year’s South African Music Awards (SAMA) have been disqualified from participating in the awards due to be held in June at Sun City in the North West province.
The SAMA Office and the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) have announced that the artist Sands’ entry for Record of the Year, “Tigi”, has been struck off the nominees’ list because Sands is a citizen of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland).
Music producer Mobi Dixon’s nomination for Best Remix of the song, “Lake by the Ocean”, has also been disqualified because it’s a remix of an international song which is a contravention of the SAMA rules.
The album “Tigi” by Sands has now been replaced by “Love Me in the Dark”, by Sketchy Bongo featuring Kaien Cruz on the list of this year’s nominations. In the place of “Lake by the Ocean” by Mobi Dixon is the remixed song, “Mwanagu” by Jackie Queens and VeneiGrette, remixed by Enoo Napa.
The 24th annual glittering awards ceremony for this year’s competition will be held at Sun City on June the second.