Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) has announced the appointment of the Reverend Abe Sibiya as the new chairman of its Board of Directors.

The announcement comes after long-serving incumbent Annette Emdon stepped down from the position after 15 years. The passing of the leadership baton was declared following a recent SAMRO Board meeting.

Sibiya is a well-known composer, producer, publisher, multi-instrumentalist and broadcasting executive, who is the chief executive of the Urban Rhythm Factory music publishing and audio production house. He is also the pastor and founder of the Zoe Bible Church in Ivory Park and has written songs for the likes of Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Deborah Fraser, Dorothy Masuku and Chicco.