SATMA Awards were founded by Dr Dumisani Goba in 2005 and were inaugurated in 2006 to bring all races and ethnic groups together through the celebration of our diverse musical cultures and also to eliminate tribalism and other divisive measures. SATMA AWARDS gives traditional music its rightful status and role in South African Arts & Culture in the preservation of our Heritage. SATMA AWARDS recognised this void, therefore the birth of the South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards was incepted, where traditional music is given an appropriate platform to honour musicians by hosting a ceremonial event. The SATMA Awards were hosted in KZN at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC from 2006 to 2011. They are now being hosted in the Eastern Cape Province and will take place at the end of September.
SATMA AWARDS are pitched at a national level as they speak to all races and cultural diversification in our country. The SATMA AWARDS slogan “My Culture, Your Culture, One Nation”, was chosen in line with the vision which seeks to unify all ethnic and racial groups as well as Africans within the Diaspora through traditional music and heritage.
High profile individuals such as His Excellency Hon. President Of the RSA, Dr. JG Zuma, National Ministers, Premiers, Business People, Kings and Amakhosi have attended the SATMA Awards. The SATMA Awards have honored freedom fighters and legends from RSA, the African continent and abroad such as Inkosi Albert Luthuli, Dr. Nelson Mandela, OR Tambo, Steve Biko, Robert Sobukwe, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Patrice Lumumba, Mahatma Gandhi etc.SATMA Awards have also honored the artists like Merriam Makeba, Dolly Rathebe, Phuzushukela, Nofinishi Dwili, Mahlathini Nkabinde, Soul Brothers, Nothembi Mkhwebane and many other Legends and Icons of our music. SATMA Awards also honor individuals that promote the use of our indigenous languages in different fields like the comedy and Film sector as well as writers.