Cape Town - The South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA) mark 15 years of celebrating being African, with founder Dumisani Goba describing them as a platform for peaceful cultural co-existence.
Goba says the idea behind the awards was to bridge gaps between South Africans due to differences in tribes and culture, and over the years the objective was gradually being met.
This have been achieved by continued promotion and development of traditional music across racial and ethnic backgrounds, without seeking to dilute the diversity of South Africa’s vast cultural heritage.
“The main aim of these awards is not only about music or just celebrating musicians; it is about uniting different tribes and cultures together in South Africa,” said Goba.
Among SATMA prizes dished out over the years in a bid to motivate musicians to highlight unity in cultural diversity have been cash awards and at least 10 cars.
The 15th anniversary of SATMA was celebrated at a gala dinner in White River, Mpumalanga last week. At the celebrations, Mpumalanga Arts and Cultures Member of the Executive Council Lindiwe Ntshalintshali hailed the awards for not only promoting harmony in the country, but for also contributing to economic development.
The awards ceremony itself, which is usually done in September, has been moved to December 5 this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s edition will be hosted by Mpumalanga Province.