AFDA alumna Thuthuka Mthembu, popularly known for her leading roles in Uzalo and Ehostela will host the SAMA29 alongside DJ Sabby, Mtshali, Nomalanga and Shozi, Hope Mbhele. The SAMAs will be staged and televised live from the SunBet Arena at Times Square, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria, on 18 November 2023.
“Hope Mbhele and Thuthuka Mthembu embody our philosophy of giving young fresh practitioners a platform to showcase their excellence. Curated meticulously we have no doubt that these four will elevate the SAMA experience to unprecedented heights. It will be unforgettable.” says RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi.
AFDA alumni Tebogo Mabaso (producer) and Nate Thomas (director) are also set to enjoy the red carpet at the SAMAs after been nominated in the Best Produced Music Video category for their work on the video Lemons (Lemonade) for AKA featuring Nasty C. Fellow alumni Will Nicholson, producer of the music video Be Free for Desire Marea will be competing against them in the same category.
The SAMAs, in collaboration with Africa Fest, is gearing up to be an exhilarating showcase of talent, entertainment, fashion and bright lights as it promises an unforgettable celebration of African music and culture. The first of its kind.
The South African Music Awards is an annual music award hosted by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA). Since its inception, the award show has honoured the country’s best music talents. The award ceremony is usually filled with top-notch performances and this year, artistes are expected to give outstanding performances.