14th SATMA Awards Press Statement

The South African Traditional Music Achievement (SATMA) Awards were founded in 2006 and are the largest traditional music awards in Africa; celebrating indigenous music, culture and heritage. Currently, the SATMA Awards phenomenon is also the only one of its kind in Africa, where the core objective of the SATMA Awards is to empower local traditional musicians, artists and groups, to celebrate their indigenous music, for the preservation and regeneration of African heritage and culture, across Africa and her Diaspora.  

At the heart of the SATMA Awards is a mandated commitment to preserving South African heritage as well as our rich and the diverse local cultures, through promoting and developing traditional music across all racial and ethnic backgrounds. The SATMA Awards continue to make significant contributions to the development of traditional music and the preservation of our heritage and culture in South Africa, whilst stimulating global exposure and appreciation at the same time.

On the 8th of June 2019, the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC) in Polokwane hosted the launch of the 14th Annual SATMA Awards, at the Sun Meropa Hotel and Casino.

Every year, SATMA Awards has a theme, 2019 the SATMA Awards together with South Africa iscelebrating 25 years of Freedom to mark the emancipation of the country and its people from apartheid. In celebration of Freedom Day, the 14th SATMA Awards will be hosted under the theme “Free to be Me”.

The Launch of the 2019 SATMA Awards was a hugely successful event that was well attended by numerous local music legends and celebrities, and the host province; Bokone Bophirima, was represented by a number of honored guests and dignitaries who enjoyed this incredible celebration of local heritage and culture, such as:

>The MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture in Limpopo: Ms T Moraka
> MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Bokone Bophirima: Virginia Tlhapi
> MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture, Mpumalanga: Ntjalintjali
> MEC for Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure In Limpopo : Dr. Monicca Mochadi.
> The Executive Mayor of the Hosting City, who is also the 2nd Deputy President of Salga
> All councilors present in their different Portfolios
> The Director General of the Province, Mr. Nape Nchabeleng
> Heads of Departments and their representatives
> HODs, Nono Bapela (Sport , Arts and Culture-North West) and Adv. Neo Swphuthi (Tourism and Environmental Affairs and Tourism) Both from Bokone Bophirima
> CEO Adv Kagisho Maphalle from National Heritage Council
> The Founder of the SATMA Awards, Dr Dumisani Goba
> The CEO of the SATMA Awards, Ms. Zandile Ndzimande
> CEOs of our Parastatals and Public Entities
> Senior Management Officials
> The winners of the SATMA Awards 2018

Everyone in attendance at the SATMA 2019 Launch Event was entertained by an array of top local music icons and artists, who made the event one that will not soon be forgotten, and included the likes of:

> Thee Legacy

> Siphokazi

> Ntsikwane

> Candice Tsa Mandebele

> Thabiso Maleka

Guests were also treated to an exclusive poem recital by the current SATMA Awards Ambassador; Botlhale Boikanyo, as well as a number of special performances from local groups that included: 

Nkowa-Nkowa EPC Choir

General Muzka

Letlhabile Group

Nyavhumbwa Wadagaila to name the list;

The SATMA Awards Media Launch unveiled the SATMA 14 programs and was supported by numerous SABC Radio Stations and programs, such as Thobela FM, Ligwalagwala FM, Phalaphala FM and Munghana Lonene FM. In addition, the 14th SATMA Awards 2019 Launch Event was also supported by Jozi FM, 1KZN TV, White Media, Edbook Online, and Mpumalanga TV to name a few.

The main event takes place on the 28th September 2019, in Bokone Bophirima, Mmabatho Convention Centre.

For more information, please contact: media@satmaawards.co.za or Keletso Dlamini 084 980 6691.

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