South African Afro Music Awards

We are about Legacy and Heritage

About the Event

The SAAFMAs are designed to recognize and promote the excellence, impact and importance of the Afro Music Genre. The award ceremony will be hosted on the 02 December 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Nominees are judged based on the quality and success of their projects from August 2014 until September 2016.
The submissions open on the 9 June 2016 and close on the 9 September 2016. The ceremony features live performances by some of the nominees
Artist and Artists managers are encouraged to submit over their application forms at, please find the application form over HERE.
To qualify as a possible nominee your application should have been produced between January 2014 and August 2016. The closing date for application submission is on the 9th of September 2016.

Days until the South African Afro Music Awards









Special Awards

Award Categories


Two of the lifetime achievers award recipients: Dr Caiphis Semenya and Dr Letta Mbulu


The Inaugural South African Afro Music Awards (SAAFMA) are designed to recognize excellence, promote the impact and importance of this genre.
The big idea with this event is to keep the embers of Afro Music glowing, to recognize the custodians and those who continue to excel and propel it to dizzying heights
SAAFMA’s are established to commemorate and honour artists and role players in the Afro music genre.
To celebrate and keep the genre more relevant into our social cohesion.
To show appreciation and encourage the musicians and music producers to continue keeping the fire burning.

Meaning behind the trophy design

The base of the trophy contains several references, the most obvious is of which the map of Africa. This is to show that selection of recipients of the award is inclusive of the whole continent.

The shape of the base is meant to represent not only a traditional clay beer container but the familiar curved stools of Africa. This is to suggest relaxation and celebration.

The neck of the base is surrounded by silver bracelet, similar to what would be worn as an ornamentation, with the name of the award engraved in it.

The shape of Africa has two sets of intersecting ripples, from the North and from the South. This is to represent the sounds of Africa mixing together.

Rising from the base is the representation of two flames that twist together as if in a dance, as music and dance so often go together