Wednesday the 1st of February 2023, SAMRO announced the appointment of South African singing sensation Gloria Bosman as a non-executive board member.
Born in Soweto, Gloria Bosman amassed an impressive biography through her career. Amongst her many great achievements the singer boasts eleven SAMA nominations, winning two of those, and two KORA nominations. Her passion for music started in a church choir, and in 1993 she earned a scholarship at the Pretoria Technikon where she professionally trained in opera.
Between 1999 and 2010, Gloria Bosman shared six successful albums. Her record was preceded by her “Best Newcomer” award winning debut album, Tranquility. This was followed by a self-produced album, The Many Faces of Gloria Bosman released between 2000 and 2001. Gloria Bosman went on to tour the world and shared stages with some of music’s greats. These include Hugh Masekela, Tananas, Oliver Mtukudzi, Vusi Mahlasela, and many more.
Still very active to date, Gloria Bosman recently recorded a Gloria Bosman Live album. She was also part of the Joy of Jazz line-up in November of 2022, doing a show called Gloria Bosman remembering Sibongile Khumalo.
SAMRO Board Appointment
As a non-executive director on the SAMRO board, Gloria Bosman will act as an independent advisor. She will not be responsible for the daily operations of the organization. “Multiple award winner Gloria Bosman was voted in by the members to help make key decisions and steer important initiatives on behalf of the organization” says Nicholas Maweni, SAMRO Chairperson.
SAMRO’s board members are nominated by the organization’s members, and they are elected at the annual general meeting.
Gloria Bosman joins Dr Sibongile Vilakazi as one of the only two women on the board. Announcing Gloria’s appointment on Twitter, SAMRO took the opportunity to promote the inclusion of women in the music industry. “SAMRO strives for greater female inclusion, not only within the organization itself but the music industry as a whole”, wrote SAMRO.
At the time of writing other members on the board include Nicholas Darius Maweni, Sisa Mayekiso, Mark Rosin, John Scullion, Tebogo “Proverb” Thekiso, Ryan Hill, Rowlin Naicker, Gabi Le Roux, and Mandrew Mnguni. The board currently has eleven members.