October 18, 2014, University of Fort Hare in Alice hosted the 9th South African Traditional Music Achievement (SATMA) Awards.
The prestigious awards founded in 2005 are the brain-child of Dr Dumisani Goba. Inaugurated in 2006 to promote, preserve, uplift, develop, honour and award traditional musicians across racial and ethnic background and to create a cultural landscape for South Africans through nation building and social cohesion.
Up and coming artist Afrika Cele shared her experience of taking the stage for the first time at the SATMA’s “I’m very grateful for getting an opportunity to be on stage tonight because it was my first time and I would like to do it again next year and I have single that is coming out this month so I’m happy about that as well’’.
The event which has been hosted by the Eastern Cape since 2012, will be celebrated in its home province next year to commemorate its 10th anniversary. This year’s SATMAs hosted legends like Human rights veteran from the United States of America Reverend Jessie Jackson, alongside Joe Mafela, Ihhashi Elimhlophe, Dr. Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Ndamase Ndamase of Western Pondoland, Mpendulo Sigcawu of AmaXhosa and Zanozuko Sigcau of AmaMpondo.
The awards also catered for first time musicians and traditional dancers who got to grace the stage for the first time and showcase their talent.
“We are very happy about tonights performance, Ever since we started this group in 2009 we have been working hard to be the best at what we do and we havent failed so far, our biggest dream is to travel overseas.” said Chairperson of Noluthando Cultural Group Nokhizethi Mbotshwana after their performance.
Umhlobo Wenene’s Saba Mbixane continued his winning streak by taking home: Best Traditional DJ, adding the prestigious award to his already growing collection since 2011. Jessica Mbangeni won: Best Female Album– Igoli and Best IsiXhosa Album-Igoli. Umhlobo Wenene FM won the Best Radio Station award
Jessica Mbangeni ,one of South Africa’s most sought after female Imbongi (praise poet) shared her views after her win: “It feels great winning these major awards, I have been working on my album for many years and I am finally glad that it came out and has received such positive feedback. This means a lot to me and I would like to thank my fans and the SATMA people for recognising the hard work put into IGoli.’’
The best downloaded album and song of the year award went to Kwazulu Natal’s maskandi group Ezikabhaka for their song, Ithayi lemoto.
“I’m very honoured and humbled to win tonight, It shows that my fans have been supporting us from word go and Ezika-bhaka is going far, this is only the beginning’’, said the group’s founder and leader, Mzamo Nzama
Dr Taitte Magubane from USA, wife to Mr Peter Magubane who took the picture of Hector Peterson in 1976 was also honoured with the SATMA Awards Founder’s Award.
On the Rise Production music promoter Sonwabiso Nompunga shared his thoughts on the night; “Its my first time at the SATMA’s and its been such a great experience celebrating 20 years of democracy as well as celebrating our culture, history and heritage in the Eastern Cape, We celebrate our Legends and those who have passed on”.
Legends who were honored with The SATMA Awards Founder’s Award are:
Zolani “The Poet” Mkiva, Leleti Khumalo, Abigail Kubheka, Ihhashi Elimhlophe
Tu Nokwe, PhuzeKhemisi.
Eastern Cape’s Department of Sport Recreation, Arts and Culture received the “Best Arts and Culture Department award”.