AFDA alumni Shekhinah & Mikhale Jones receive SAMA nominations

Jun 10, 2022 | Alumni, Awards, News

AFDA Johannesburg Live Performance alumni have scooped up three nominations for the South African Music Awards (SAMA) which will be presented at a live event to be broadcast on 31 July 2022 on SABC1.

Shekhinah is nominated for Best Female Artist of the Year and Best Pop Album for her album “Trouble in Paradise” and Mikhale Jones is nominated for the Best R&B/Soul Album for her album “It is What it is”. In 2018 Shekhinah was nominated for 6 SAMA’s and won 3 – Album of the Year, Best Female Artist and Best Newcomer.

“Being nominated alone is a massive achievement! Another child hood dream come true!” says Mikhale Jones.

This year the SAMAs attracted a record number of entries in the 28 years of the awards. Some 1395 submissions were received by the close of the call for entries at midnight on Thursday, 3 February 2022. Last year, the SAMAs earned 1163 entries, which marks an increase of over 230 this year. This exponential growth augurs well for the future of the music industry and the role SAMA
continues to play.

The South African Music Awards is a premier music showcase hosted by RiSA. This annual event honours the country’s finest music talent over two days in key categories, as they battle for the South African industry’s highest honour – a statuette at the South African Music Awards. Nominees also take the stage by storm with a series of epic, never-to-be-repeated performances, as the nation watches SA’s finest talent at work.

“SABC1 prides itself on being the platform that unearths and recognizes talent. With each year of the partnership, The South African Music Awards and SABC1, as a collective, shines a light on the music industry and the artists in their respective genres. A huge congratulations to all the nominees that have made it through this year, sithi umculo uhamba pambili.”- Thulisile Nhlapo – Acting Channel Head.

Nhlanhla Sibisi RiSA CEO congratulated the nominees: “A job well done to all #SAMA28 nominees. Each artist has laboured to ensure that they produce exceptional bodies of work which have soothed and united us during particularly challenging times. The standard of this year’s submissions was impressive and presented a tough task for our panel of diligent judges. We wish all nominees good luck and look forward to celebrating them at our gala event.”




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