International guests overwhelmed at Satmas

2015-10-08 06:00

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THE South African Traditional Music Awards (Satma) were a resounding success.

International delegates, Mama Sarah Obama, grandmother of U.S. president Barack Obama, Phillix Augustin - Malcolm X’s son, and others were overwhelmed by the warm welcome they received at the event.

“Steve Biko, Martin Luther, Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, President Obama fought for our heritage and that is the reason why it was easy for our guests to agree to come to KwaZulu-Natal for the first time. We are here to embrace our heritage,” said Satma founder, Dumisani Goba.

Goba spoke about the relationship the Satma’s has with international countries and asked his U.S. guests, including Queen Helen and King Ned, originally from Cameroon­, James Wolh, a world-famous lawyer, and Mr Thornel, who owns Rihanna­ and Chris Brown‘s recording studio­, to join him on stage.

Thornel said it is his first time in South Africa and he already feels at home.

Obama spoke in her Kenyan tongue, Lamu­, and said she is happy to be in South Africa, saying she has heard a lot about the country, but never thought she would ever set foot in South Africa, especially at her age.

“I am happy with all the things I have seen. I always heard of South Africa and have travelled all over and the love that has been shown to me here is amazing.”

Obama said the love she has for Africans is the same love she has for orphans she takes care of at home.

The event closed with a performance by South Coast musician, Naima-Kay

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