The South African Music Awards (Samas) Committee has been busy fishing out artists and songs to be disqualified from entering the competition this year and it seems Afro-pop star Robbie Malinga is the new target.
Malinga is likely to receive the same treatment other artistes like Nasty C got from the Samas committee following the release of this year’s nomination list. Information reaching us suggests that Malinga’s self titled album Robbie Malinga which was nominated in the Best Afro-pop Album category is up for disqualification.
Apparently, the committee has just discovered that the album did not meet the requirements for Samas nomination. The album in question allegedly comprises of songs lifted from albums of various artists he had produced, a fact denied by Malinga.
A committee member who pleaded anonymity said;
“It doesn’t meet the prerequisite as such albums are, as per the set-out and standing rules, considered to be compilation albums. It is therefore supposed to be disqualified. It was not even supposed to have been nominated in the first place.”
Also, Samas chairman Thobela Dlamini confirmed that they have received a complaint about Malinga’s nomination. He added that the matter is under investigation.
As a result, the committee is likely to disqualify Robbie Malinga and subsequently replace it with another album in the nomination list. This must be done before the event which is scheduled to hold at Sun City on May 27.
Once again, the committee’s credibility is on the line as its failure to ensure the nomination of artists is not manipulated and requirements are met is becoming a habit.
Rapper Nasty C faced the same embarrassment last month when his two videos were pulled from the Best Video of the Year category.
Nasty’s videos – Good Girls and Don’t Do It were disqualified following complaints that the videos were not in line with the rules as dictated by the Samas.