Music industry veteran Nhlanhla Sibisi has replaced Randall Abrahams as chief executive of the South African Music Awards.
It would appear to be a promotion for both men, with Abrahams' appointment as chairman of the MTN Sama 19 showcase a reward for his work in giving the awards ceremony a much-needed facelift.
Sibisi, qualified as a corporate and media lawyer, said on Monday he had never been comfortable being in the spotlight, something his new job entails.
He has worked for law firm Webber Wentzel, as a legal adviser at Telkom, for the Recording Industry of SA and Sony Music Entertainment South Africa, and as general manager of business acquisitions at the SABC.
He said the South African Music Awards would be made in May next year and return to the previous format. The award ceremony was moved to a Monday night this year to capitalise on the millions of viewers drawn to TV by the soapie Generations.
Entries for next year's awards open on 1 November and only music released between December 2011 and November 2012 can be entered for an award.
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