The road to the SAMA's is well on it's way but already there's a little bit of controversy surrounding it. And some disqualifications.
Sands and Mobi Dixon have been disqualified from their respective category nominations. Sands got taken out of the running for 'Record of the year' with his song 'Tigi' and Mobi Dixon was taken out of the running for 'Best Remix' with his remix of the song 'Lake by the Ocean'. Hey?
The reasons? Well, Sands isn't a citizen of South Africa so his being put nominated would have been in contravention of what the awards were about and Mobi Dixon was disqualified because the song he remixed was an international song, not local.
#SAMA24 announcement: ‘Tigi’ by Sands and ‘Lake by the Ocean’ by Mobi Dixon have been struck off the SAMA24 nominees list. Sands is a citizen of eSwatini and Mobi Dixon’s ‘Lake by the Ocean’ is a remix of an international song and this defies the rules of the SAMAs. pic.twitter.com/CzSb7DT7jr— The SA Music Awards (@TheSAMAs) April 28, 2018
So, what's going to happen now? The artists and their respective songs have been taken out of the running in their respectve categories and have been replaced by: Sketchy Bongo and Kaien Cruz's 'Love Me in The Dark' for 'Record of the year' and 'Mwanagu' by Jackie Queens and VeneiGrette remixed by Enoo Napa. This isn't the first time the SAMAs have been caught in controversy, ask Reason. Anywho, we hope that discrepancies like these get avoided in the future as this isn't fair to the artist who've followed due process to get their work in.
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