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The SAMAs Rejected Reason’s Album Because It Was Only Released Digitally

In 2018, wtf?

South African rapper, Reason took to Twitter to share with his followers that his fourth studio album, Love Girls, was rejected by the South African Music Awards (SAMAs).


"It's 2018 and @TheSAMAs have rejected #LoveGirlsAlbum as an entry into #Sama24 because it was a DIGITAL release with no PHYSICAL COPIES?" the rapper tweeted.

This is really backwards of the SAMAs. As much as physical copies still sell in South Africa, mostly because of high bandwidth rates, it goes without saying that a lot of music fans consume music digitally.

Apple is even rumored to be doing away with downloads and prioritizing streaming in the near future, but we are still stuck on taking an album seriously only if it's released physically.

Reason then went on to explain why he decided to release the album only digital platforms and why it doesn't make sense for the SAMAs to discredit an album on that basis. And we couldn't agree more.

You can read the rest of his tweets below.


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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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