SAMAs Reacts To Cassper Nyovest Accusations Of Corruption. The South African Music Awards have reportedly bashed supposed accusations by Cassper Nyovest that ‘corruption’ with the awards organisation has toned down its significance.
The South African Music Awards have reportedly bashed supposed accusations by Cassper Nyovest that ‘corruption’ with the awards organisation has toned down its significance. The music awards organisation got bashed by celebs and social media users in 2020 for its nominees and award winners. The organisation got a lot of backlash for not nominating several artists such as Master KG, who had a huge listenership for ‘Jerusalema’ featuring vocalist Nomcebo Zikode.
Some of the celebs that were snubbed awards such as Nadia Nakai went on to lay out their frustrations. Cassper Nyovest went on to state that he succeeded without a SAMA. It seems like Cassper Nyovest hasn’t forgotten about not being nominated by the award organisation in 2015 for hit song ‘Doc Shebeleza’. The hip hop artist says the award organisation disconnected from the culture.“ Do people even remember who won the SAMAs last year? That used to be the biggest and most important award for artist. Now it doesn’t mean anything. You, know why? Corruption, they thought they were bigger than the artists. They disconnected from the culture. It’s all rigged. Dead,” says Cassper Nyovest.
One social media user commented that tribalism ruined the music industry and the SAMAs, the hip hop artist responded by saying that he learnt it first-hand that tribalism ruins everything. He ended up by saying that the award organisation needs some CPR. Lesley Mofokeng, the South African Music Awards spokesperson, reacted to the claims by the hip hop artist in a statement to TshisaLive. “Our judging systems have proven to be resilient and with integrity. Our judges are independent and their identity is kept anonymous until the end of the awards,” says the spokesperson.
Lesley Mofokeng also says that the award ceremony has actually seen a consistent and sustained rise in the number of entries. He carries on to say that recording companies and musicaians who are affiliated with RiSA signed into a code of conduct that prevents any corruption. He also urged the people who have evidence of corruption in the organisation to come forward and present it.
by Alexandra Ramaite