End music week, says Goba

2009-06-08 00:00

THE founder of the South African Traditional Music Awards (Satma), Dumisani Goba, has called for the scrapping of the South African music week, saying it’s a disgrace to the country.

Goba said this to cheerful approval as he was speaking about the purpose behind starting the awards at the fourth annual Satma Awards launch at Sibaya Casino on Friday.

“It is a disgrace to have a week dedicated to playing our music in our own country. It should instead be called foreign music week; we must take our music seriously,” he said to the clapping audience.

The South African music week takes place annually to celebrate South African music and radio stations, especially those under the public broadcaster, are required to play predominantly local music.

Goba suggested that every week in South Africa should be regarded as South African music week to demonstrate that this country is proud of its own musical products and heritage, adding that South Africa is the only country that has a dedicated week for South African music.

He said this gives an impression that South African musicians only deserve to be played one week a year.

Goba, who first realised his vision for these awards in 2006, also urged politicians to start taking musicians seriously instead of just using them as electioneering tools during election campaigns and dumping them later.

He said President Jacob Zuma and the KwaZulu-Natal premier have shown support for the initiative and that Satma organisers are expecting them to continue with such support.

“Our new President Jacob Zuma is a person who observes traditions and we hope he will continue to contribute in preserving and respecting our musical heritage.”

Goba said the SABC promised to allocate 40% of airplay to traditional music and 70% to South African music in general.

“We are still waiting for that to happen,” he said, adding that this should happen before the coming of the Fifa 2010 World Cup to South Africa next year.

“We must not subject our tourists to our imitations of Beyonce [American R&B musician] and others when we have indlamu and isigekle [types of traditional zulu dancing]”, he said.

According to Goba, South Africans are in for a big treat during this year’s Satma awards.

Presenting this year’s programme, Satma head of marketing and communication Mlamuli Nxele said the Satma awards have gone from strength to strength since inception about four years ago. He said the awards started with 26 categories but it now has 32.

“It is clear the Satmas are not only a platform to celebrate South African traditional music but that our music is a subculture,” he said.

The launch was attended by TV personalities like Sibusiso Dlomo aka Menzi Ngubane, Queen Moroka aka Sophie Ndaba from Generations; Vusi Moletsane aka Meshack Mavuso (Isidingo); Chief Azwindini Mokoevho aka Gabriel Tembudzani (Muvhango).

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