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Calls to boycott SAMA26 voting as Limpopo artists are sidelined #Sama26mustfall


The South African Music Awards (Sama) released the list of nominations for the 2020 awards this week, and already there is unhappiness about the names. Fans and artists tweeted their anger and disappointment.

Limpopo-born artist Master KG took to Twitter to express his disappointment after not being nominated in any of the #SAMA26 categories.

Jerusalema was one of the chart-topping hits for 2019. The song hit No 2 on Ukhozi FM top 10 songs for 2019 and it has had more than 30 million views on YouTube.

This week, Master KG’s Jerusalema Remix ft Burna Boy and Nomcebo Zikode debuted at No 6 on the Billboard World Digital Sales Chart and No 31 in the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Chart.

Makhadzi, the Matorokisi and Tshanda Vhuya hitmaker, poured her heart out over the snub on social media, thanking her legion of fans for standing with her along the journey though she feels heart broken for not being nominated. Her song Matorokisi was one of the biggest in 2019 and many radio stations featured her from 2019 to 2020.

Posting on her Twitter page Makhadzi congratulated other musicians for being nominated. She went on to express her disappointment over the snub as she expected a nomination after what ‘Matorikisi did to Africans’.

These are not the only Limpopo artists who feel they have been left out in the Samas.

Khutso Kgatle, popularly known as King Monada, also didn’t score a single nomination in the prestigious awards. This was even though his hit songs Ska Bhora Moreki and Malwedhe trended worldwide and received a lot of radio airplays.

Fans voiced their disappointment on Twitter about how they think the awards are not fair.

The SA Music Awards has since come out to its own defense by releasing a document which they say clarifies the selection process for Record of the Year and Music Video of the Year.

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