2014 SAMRO Overseas Scholarship winner, dance music producer and guitarist extraordinaire, Prince Bulo, has pledged to donate R15 000 from his SAMRO Royalty income every four years to SAMRO Foundation to be used as a composer’s award. The award is specifically intended to assist young South African jazz composers. The award will be available every four years and given to a deserving participant in the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Composers.

The said award, called the Prince Bulo Composer’s Award, was announced at this year’s Overseas Scholarships event at the Linder Auditorium on 17 August 2019. The award is to be used for developing the professional profile of the composer, both online and offline benefiting the visibility and brand or career of the awardee.

The SAMRO Overseas Scholarship has a four-year cycle alternating between singers, composers, instrumentalists and keyboard players and the 2019 edition of the competition is for singers.

Jazz singer Keorapetse Kolwane and Western Art vocal powerhouses Palesa Malieloa emerged victorious on the night. The two brilliant young voices performed on Saturday 17 August 2019, clinching the scholarships for international study, earning an opportunity to make their marks in the world of music much like Prince Bulo, Zoe Modiga and Levy Sekgapane among many others.

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