Tellaman Earns Three Sama Nominations At SAMA26

Tellaman’s debut album ‘God Decides’, receives the first nomination for Best RnB\Soul at SAMA26. Released in February 2019, ‘God Decides’ features Tellaman’s signature melodies, smooth vocals with instrumental highlights, the story of the album is the bigger picture, with each song being a compiled episode that forms the bigger picture.

But most importantly TELLAMAN brings a simplicity in his music, and fans can look forward to a new insight into TELLAMAN’s life; a lot of flaws, love and hope in the form of the music from his debut offering. More than a year later, the album has amassed over 16.7 million streams and reached GOLD status.

‘Whipped’ (Voting Code M5) landed the second nomination for Music Video Of The Year. Directed, filmed and edited by Kyle White, the music video plays off at a 1950s themed diner with Tellaman sharing the day with his love interest. The video has over 3.7 million views on YouTube and the single reached over 7.6 million streams.

‘Whipped’ (Voting Code R2) is also selected as one of the Record Of The Year nominees.  The single was Top 5 on the RadioMonitor Spins Chart for 2019 with over nine thousand spins for the year and second to Prince Kaybee on RadioMonitors RAMS Chart for 2019.  Music fans can vote for their favourite song or video of the year through Vodacom’s platform.


RiSA announced this month that the annual SAMA will stage its 26th edition over five nights, from 3 to 7 August 2020 at 21:30. In accordance with the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown and social distancing norms, the party has moved from the Sun City Superbowl to be streamed on the My Muze by Vodacom platform and broadcast on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161.

Under the theme #ForThaKultcha, five adrenaline filled yet bite-size 30 minute episodes with subthemes #ForThaRoots, #ForThaSoul, #ForThaStreets, #ForThaCraft culminating in #ForThaClub which will be a 45 minutes-long grand finale, will present a unique SAMA26 virtual experience.

Nhlanhla Sibisi, RiSA CEO congratulated the nominees: ” This year’s calibre of nominees continues on the proud tradition of the SAMA to identify talent that may otherwise go unnoticed. I’m encouraged by the number of new talent that has earned recognition and they are all worthy of this honour. This will only augur well for the present and the future of the industry. I wish to extend my congratulations to all nominees, the panels of judges, and the team at RiSA who worked tirelessly to bring the SAMA26 to life. The stage is set for yet another memorable SAMA year.”

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