Wawela Music Awards 2015 special category nominations are open Nominations need to be submitted before 24 October 2014.

Music composers, authors, lyricists and publishers across the country are invited to nominate themselves and their peers for the Special Awards categories of the third annual Wawela Music Awards for 2015.

Proudly brought by the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), the Wawela Music Awards are the only ones in South Africa to specially honour music writers for their crucial role in the music industry. This is the first phase of awards entries and will be followed by entries for the Standard Awards categories later this year.

SAMRO members are invited to nominate either themselves or the person they believe deserves one of the Special Award titles, based on their career achievements or substantial contribution to music.

“South Africa has a wealth of creative talent and through the Wawela Awards, SAMRO has created a platform through which it can be recognised and celebrated. These are often individuals who are behind some of the best known music,” said SAMRO CEO, Sipho Dlamini.

Sipho Mabuse performed at this years event

Previous Special Awards winners include Trevor Jones , Joseph Tshabalala who won last year’s Breaking through the Borders Award, Dorothy Masuku and Chicco Thwala who have both taken home Lifetime Achievement Awards and Johnny Clegg who was awarded a Prolific Catalogue of Works accolade during the inaugural edition of the Wawela Music Awards in 2013.

The Special Awards categories and criteria are:


The recipient of this award must be a composer who has carried the country’s musical flag, breaking down the borders and promoting SA’s rich and diverse music genres in territories outside SA. The recipient will also have needed to reach other territorial achievements, such as chart positions, major touring activity and/or sales of particular stature, music recognition awards or other attributed accolades.


The recipient of this award must be a composer or author, whose catalogue of works has not only consistently grown, but has also been active and an inspiration to the industry over a considerable period of years. His or her works must be regarded as a significant body of great compositions and whose catalogue not only delivers consistent returns but whose works are highly respected and revered.


The recipient of this award needs to have been a creative driving force within the music industry for more than 20 years, be a fundamental musical and cultural influence within the development and success of the South African music industry and be a leading figure in the promotion of South African music on the world stage. The recipient may also be a pioneer of giving ‘back to the community’, demonstrating mentorship initiatives that they drive by serving the music community or being involved in youth development of music in the country. The recipient will also have shown a consistent delivery of great music within the country, a broad presence in South Africa and have a significant catalogue of excellent works.

“We are looking for individuals who have consistently delivered great music over the course of their career. Individuals who are a driving force and fundamental musical and cultural influence in the South Africa music industry,” said Dlamini.

To nominate themselves or fellow SAMRO members, musicians must submit a motivational letter detailing why the nomination is deserving of this prestigious award, a brief profile and three photos of the composer.

2014 winner Chicco Twala

Nominations must be submitted to info before 24 October 2014.

For clarity or further information please contact:

Refilwe Moloisane: Tel: 011 712 8505 or e-mail:info

Wawela Music Awards
Website: www.wawelamusicawards.co.za
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WawelaMusicAwards
Twitter: @WawelaMusic

Website: www.samro.org.za
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SAMROSouthAfrica
Twitter: @SAMROMusic


About Martin Myers
Music Supervisor / Artist and Talent Manager / Publicist / Music Exchange Founder / Owner Triple M Entertainment

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