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Lawrence Maleka returns as host of #SAMA28  

Award winning actor and media personality, Lawrence Maleka has been tapped to host #SAMA28 alongside Nandi Madida.

The much anticipated celebration of musical excellence will be held in Sun City on 28 August 2022 and broadcast live on SABC1.

Lawrence, may have gained prominence for his role as Zolani on soapie The River, but it is his stellar hosting skills that have gained him reverence. He has previously hosted Big Brother Africa and #SAMA27 with Bontle Modiselle Moloi in 2021.

Lawrence Maleka said: “I am again honoured to have received the call to host the country’s most prestigious awards show.

I am excited about the calibre of artists that will be celebrated across 30 categories, the phenomenal performers that will ignite the stage and the magic Nandi Madida and I will create on stage.

It’s going to be a memorable iteration of the South African Music Awards.”

The public voting categories: TECNO Record of the Year, TECNO Music Video of the Year and SAMPRA Artist of the Year are among the 30 awards that will be presented at #SAMA28.

The public can vote for their favourite ROTY, MVOTY, and AOTY choices by dialing *120*33121# and following the prompts. USSD charged at 1.50 per minute, free minutes do not apply.

Voting will also put fans in line to win a CAMON 19 Pro 5G device with an ultra-night portrait steady camera from TECNO Mobile.

RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi said: “Lawrence Maleka is a natural fit for the SAMAs. He brings the type of energy, professionalism and personality that resonates well with audiences.

As a previous host, we know what he is capable of, and we are all looking forward to seeing him and Nandi Madida make #SAMA28 magic. We also encourage the public to get their tickets via at R395 for gallery seats, R795 for VIP seats and R495 for VIP After-Party tickets.”

The SAMAs are organised by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA), sponsored by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture; SAMPRA; CAPASSO; White Star; TECNO, SAMRO; RAV; SABC Radio; TikTok; DRIP. SABC1 is the official broadcast partner. 

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