Satma: 2010 Traditional Music Awards to be held at Moses Mabhida stadium

2010-05-31 00:00

THE 2010 South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards (Satma) will be presented at the Moses Mabhida stadium on October 2.

The CEO of the National Heritage Council of South Africa, Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa, announced this at the launch of the fifth Satma in Cape Town’s International Convention Centre on Friday evening.

The centre was packed to capacity with officials from the Cape Town council, overseas delegates, television celebrities and traditional performing groups.

Mancotywa said the awards are for performers from all walks of life; hence the move to have them at the Moses Mabida.

He said the programme is a global brand and a driving force behind the effort to remind people of who they are.

“People must understand that Satma is one of the programmes that seeks to emancipate the African voice.”

Cape Town speaker Shahid Esau said the event is a way of encouraging unity in diversity.

“With diversity we’ve overcome many obstacles, and we still need to work harder to overcome xenophobia and racism in our country,” said Esau.

Satma founder Dumisani Goba said people have no reason to forget who they are or where they come from.

He challenged the SABC to do more to promote traditional music.

SABC representative Nhlanhla Sibisi said: “This should be a call for government to say how do we develop literature. It’s important for SA to look at all the languages.”

Two new categories — the best traditional and cultural news journalists for the print and electronic media — have been added, bringing the total to 34.

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