Unhappy ZCC gospel artists are demanding their own SAMA category

Unhappy ZCC gospel artists are demanding their own SAMA category

ZCC gospel artists have expressed their unhappiness at their genre not having its own category in the South African Music Awards (SAMAs). According to the disgruntled artists, they've been discriminated against.

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The Sowetan reports that Zion Christian Church gospel singers are demanding that their music be given its own category by the South African Music Awards (SAMAs).

According to the displeased artists, they have been discriminated against long enough.

Moeti Seruteng and Sipho Kekana, representatives of the group of singers, have met with Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO of the Recording Industry of SA, to talked about what they feel is a snub by the SAMAs.

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According to The Sowetan, a proposal for a new category was on the memorandum. The category would be 'best ZCC contemporary music album'.

The category will apparently recognise instrumental ZCC gospel music, but the group isn't completely satisfied yet.

Part of the memorandum read:

"African indigenous music is broad. Even its faith segment is broad. It's broader than Zion music groups, four of which made it in as nominees into your category of five.
"It is broader than the Zulu language in a country with 11 official languages. All five nominees are Zulu albums. It is very disappointing, to say the least, that such a very important body as RiSA/SA Music Awards would be making such a very dire mistake of implying Zion music is the only African indigenous faith music."

The people behind the SAMAs admitted they have no one who can judge the genre, which is important in finding nominees and winners.

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The group of disgruntled artists include Simon Makgatholela, Kenny Makweng and Ronee Sathekge.

Briefly.co.za learnt they said that unless changes are made to cater for them, they will continue to feel that the SAMAs are discriminating.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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