SATMA Awards unveils its Prominent 13th Media Launch

The South African Traditional Music Achievement (SATMA) Awards launched one of its exceptional 13th Media event under the theme “Embrace Your Heritage” on Saturday 23 June 2018 in Emnotweni Arena, Mpumalanga.

The SATMA awards decided to inaugurate the launch in Mbombela to level the ground as they are planning to bring the awards to Mpumalanga in future. The Mpumalanga Provincial government won the Best Arts and Culture department and Ligwalagwala FM walked away with the Best Traditional Music Radio Program of the Year in 2017 during the main event.

Furthermore, the launch officially unveiled SATMA awards programme of the year to the stakeholders and media. It was attended by more than 400 distinguished guests from Mpumalanga and North West Provincial government including celebrities. Amongst the well-known people, Mr Sipho “Hotstix” Mabusa was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution in nurturing Traditional music.

During the event, MECs for Culture, Sport and Recreation from Mpumalanga and North West, were joined by Mr “Hotstix” Mabusa and SATMA awards founder, Dr Dumisani Goba on the stage, to officially hand-over the prizes including overseas trip and four vehicles to 2017 winners. Overseas trip were given to the winners of Best SABC PBS Radio Presenter, Loyal Listener of the Year, Best Electronic Media Journalist, and Best Cultural Print Media Journalist.

Moreover, Vehicles were given to Best Song of the Year and Lucky Voter. The two vehicles for Best SABC PBS Radio Program and Best Community Radio DJ were awarded to the relevant Radio Station.

As a build-up to reach out as many young people as possible for the main event, SATMA awards kick-started massive roadshows from the 15th to 23rd June around Mpumalanga Regions. The last roadshow was at Kwanyamazane Taxi Rank where lot of traditional activities took place, distribution of T-shirts and pamphlets detailing SATMA awards 2018 programmes. To preserve Traditional music, local artists were given a free pass to execute their talent.

The 13th Annual Awards nominations closing date is officially extended to 20 July 2018. We are appealing to the public at large to continue nominating their favourite artist(s) by SMS’ing (SATMA, Name of the Nominee and category) to 33888. Each SMS cost R1.50, free SMS do not apply. Citizens are advised not to use commas when SMS’ing, leave spaces only.

Members of the community(s) are encouraged to SMS as much as they like and stand a chance to win a car.

The SATMA awards continues to acknowledge and celebrate diverse cultural music in South Africa, Africa and its Diaspora. Traditional music plays an important role in human society. There is something deeply human about traditional music. It unite, give sense of belonging and maintain social cohesion within the communities.

2018 SATMA awards programme of the year is as follows:

Announcement of Nominees will be hosted on 18 August 2018 in Robben Island, Cape Town. Siyabalanda Campaign for 2018 will be end of August followed by a Cultural Parade that will take place on the 1st of September in Durban. During this parade the aim is to attract more than 50 000 individuals who will be showcasing their diverse cultures.

Moreover, the 13th SATMA awards main event activities will commence with Golf Day on Friday, 28 September followed by Golfers Awards & Red Carpet in Mmabatho Convention Centre Foyer. The SATMA Awards Festival will be on Friday, 28 September 2018 at Mmabatho Stadium. Additionally, the 13th SATMA awards Gala Dinner will take place on Saturday, 29 September in Mmabatho Convention Centre, North West.

For Enquiries:

Ms Tebatso Mogaladi

Communications and PR Officer

Tel. 086 1000 513

Issued by: South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards

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