The Wawela Music Awards (WMAs), hosted by the Southern African Music Rights
Organisation (SAMRO), is an event which recognises and awards local music
creators which are members of SAMRO. Held on 26 June at Monte Casino in
Johannesburg, the awards featured an audio visual category aimed at recognising
composition and song-writing in the local television, film and advertising industries.
In this category the Statistical Award for Broadcast and Live performance, which is
based on statistical information available at SAMRO, was given to Universal Music.
In addition, composer Benjamin Willem was awarded the Best Soundtrack in a
Feature Film or Theatric Documentary category; Brendan Smit won the Best Song or
Composition in a Television Production; Jeremy Loops received the award for Best
Song or Composition in a Television Commercial; and Alun Richards won the award
for Best Song or Composition in a Radio Commercial.
According to the WMAs
website, SAMRO CEO Sipho Dlamini said, “South African song-writers,
composers and producers are making great strides in raising the profile our
industry domestically and abroad. This is what we at SAMRO are celebrating; the
people behind the scenes that are making a difference and shaping the musical
landscape. They are part of the driving force moving the music business forward,
without them there would be no music. Today we acknowledge their work and
celebrate with them.’
Visit the WMAs
website for a full list of winners.