The South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards are READY to host Obama, Malcom X and Nkrumah Families!!!!

The South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards are READY to host  Obama, Malcom X and Nkrumah Families!!!!

The count down has begun with earnest, only 16 days left for the 10th Annual SATMA Awards celebration taking place on the 2nd and 3rd of October 2015 at the University of Zululand – King Bhekuzulu Hall – Empangeni- KwaZulu-Natal. SATMA Awards is ready to celebrate South Africa’s traditional music culture and heritage.

We are proud to announce that Siyabalanda Campaign to the USA, was a great success. A live announcement by Dr. Goba on SABC radio –  Ukhozi FM and Umhlobo Wenene FM confirmed the acceptance of invitation by the following delegates: Mama Sarah Obama – grandmother to President Obama, Ilyasah Shabazz – daughter of Malcom X and Samia Nkrumah – daughter of President Kwame Nkrumah.

Founder, Dr Dumisani Goba also scored a victory with SATMA Awards’ membership into the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce – an organization based in Los Angeles. SATMA’s has made history and are the first awards ever to affiliate with the organization.  National Lottery and the Premier’s  Office have come on board with financial assistance to the SATMA Awards.

The anticipation is high, and SATMA Awards in partnership with the uThungulu District and the hosting City of uMhlathuze, are ready and excited to welcome other international guests coming from the Ivory Coast, New York, Swaziland, Ghana and Cameroon who are also confirmed to be joining the festivities. Hibiscus Coast Municipality also came on board to host the Red Carpet Ceremony on the 30th of September 2015.


Community members all over KZN are urged to join the welcoming ceremonies since our invited guests will be visiting various areas in Richards Bay, eMpangeni, Hibiscus Coast (Port Shepstone) and Ndwedwe.

‘We hope to make them embrace our South African spirit, pride, surroundings and delightful ambience,’ added Goba.

Among other things, SATMA Awards has taken a resolution to settle all the outstanding prizes for 2013 winners. Winners will receive the prizes before the awards ceremony.

Furthermore, SATMA Awards is also aware of Ngizwe Mchunu’s affray which took place at King Shaka International Airport. The Ukhozi FM presenter was not allowed to enter Durban with his head gear (Umqhele) on the return from LA – Siyabalanda Campaign trip.

‘What happened at the airport is totally unacceptable; we are consulting with our legal advice team and aim to take action. This behaviour has disheartened us as a nation.  It degrades our Kings, nation and culture. We will update the public about the steps taken against King Shaka International Airport as soon as we have proceeded with everything,” said the founder of SATMA’s.

We will also pay tributes to some of the amazing artists who have played huge roles in the music industry.  Mfiliseni Magubane and Izingane Zoma  will be recognised for their extraordinary contribution to the industry. They will be presented with Life Time Achievement Awards.

Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop, who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.

He was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

Tutu’s admirers see him as a man who, since the demise of apartheid, has been active in the defence of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed. He has campaigned to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism, the imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, homophobia and transphobia. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984; the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986; the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987; the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999; the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007. He will be presented with the Founder’s Award.

Govan Mbeki was a South African politician and father of the former South African president Thabo Mbeki and political economist Moeletsi Mbeki.

Mbeki was a leader of the African National Congress (ANC) and of the South African Communist Party. After the Rivonia Trial, he was imprisoned (1964–1987) on charges of terrorism and treason, together with Nelson MandelaWalter SisuluRaymond Mhlaba, Ahmed Kathrada and other eminent ANC leaders. He was released from custody after serving 24 years in the Robben Island prison on 5 November 1987. He served in South Africa’s post-apartheid Senate from 1994 to 1997 as Deputy President of the Senate. He then served in the Senate’s successor, the National Council of Provinces, from 1997 to 1999. Mbeki died in Port Elizabeth in September 2001. He will receive the Founder’s Award.

Mama Esther Mahlangu is a South African Ndebele artist. She is known for her bold large-scale contemporary paintings that reference her Ndebele  heritage. Mahlangu first gained international attention in 1989 at a European artist exposition titled Magiciens de la terre (Magicians of the World). Later in 1991, Mahlangu was commissioned by BMW to create an art car, as other BMW Art Car creators had done before (including Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Frank Stella).

As an artist in residency, Esther Mahlangu was commissioned in 2014 by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to create two large works of art. Mahlangu directs a school which teaches young girls not only painting but also the technique of painting designs on particular compositions of bead. She will receive a Life Time Achievement Award.

 Professor  Khabi Mngoma, who died in 1999 at the age of 77, founded the Music Department at the University of Zululand in 1975; started the Ford

Choirs in Contest in 1977 which is now known as the Old Mutual National Choir Festival established the Ionian Music Society in 1960, the Ionian Youth Orchestra in 1969, and the Khongisa Youth Centre for the Performing Arts in 1976. He was a valued member of the Roodepoort Eisteddfod panel, as well as an active member of the SAMRO Music Committee while having a long association with the University of South Africa during which he made considerable contributions to the teaching of music in schools as well as the training of choral directors. His family will receive an award for the Lasting Legacy.

 Professor  Mazisi Kunene, South African poet best known for his poem Emperor Shaka the Great. While in exile from South Africa’s apartheid regime, Kunene was an active supporter and organizer of the anti-apartheid movement in Europe and Africa. Kunene will receive an award for  Lasting Legacy.

Dr Langalibalele Dube was a South African essayist, philosopher, educator, politician, publisher, editor, novelist and poet. He was the founding president of the South African Native National Congress (SANNC), which became the African National Congress in 1923. Dube served as SANNC president between 1912 and 1917. Dube was brought to America by returning missionaries and attended Oberlin College. He returned to South Africa where he and his first wife, Nokutela Dube, founded a newspaper and what is now Ohlange High School– His family will receive the – Founder’s Awards.

 Artists’ line up for Comedy Show taking place on the 2nd of October 2015 are as follows –

Comedians : Qatha, Rahul Brijnath, Tshapelo Mametja, Mzizi, Tsoro, Seya, Simphiwe Shembe,

Performing artists: Thokozani Langa, Zola 7, Duncan

Line up for Public Viewing performances taking place on the 3rd of October 2015:

Mjikijelwa, Bhaka, Khuzani, Dlubheke, Imfezi Emnyama, Amageza Amahle, AmaSAP, Osaziwayo, Vumile Mngoma, Buselaphi, KO, Zuluboy, Ifani, Zakwe and many more…


For more information kindly contact:

Mbali Khanyile
Cell   : 079 217 8769

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