18 November 2018


Bokone Bophirima remains SAMA’s favourite host

by: Kagiso Metswamere   date: 08 December 2017

Musicians and community members of Bokone Bophirima have commended the Provincial Government for continued support and ensuring that Sun City Resorts in Moses Kotane Local Municipality successfully and consistently hosts the South African Music Awards (SAMA).
Sun City, which the provincial government continues to use to rebrand, reposition and renew the province is located in Pilanesberg, about two hours' drive from Johannesburg, near the city of Rustenburg.
The SAMAs were established in 1995 and have mostly been held at the Super Bowl in Sun City, with the exception of three years, and they’re broadcast live on national broadcaster, the SABC. 
This big annual ceremony featured live performances as once-off collaborations by a selection of nominees and is considered equivalent of the American Grammy Awards.
Speaking to several artists and community members on the sidelines of the 24th SAMAs last weekend, many said the ceremony should still be held in Bokone Bophirima province.
David Molelekeng, an upcoming young musician from Mogwase, who was already walking at the red carpet said: “Sun City is the home of the SAMAs and it must continue to be for many other years to come. Organizers tried to take them to Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces before, but they lost the spark and became better once again when they’re back in our province”. 
Another talented Bokone Bophirima born musician and television personality, Keabetswe “KB” Motsilanyane said: “I hope our artists are using all these opportunities for their benefit, for example to network with developed artists here who they always wanted to see but could not because of the distance. I also want to encourage others who are not artists but in businesses to use the advantage next year, be it as a designer or hair dresser.”
Motsweding FM presenter, Refilwe Modiselle, also said other provinces have plenty of events to host and Bokone Bophirima must be left alone to continue hosting the SAMAs successfully like it has done in the past.
“This is the home of the SAMAs. Please guys let’s continue hosting and supporting this event and we will give other provinces an opportunity to host other events in this country,” she said. 
Sebuti Rasumanyane from Tlhatlaganyane village also emphasized that the SAMAs must not go anywhere in the country, but remain in Sun City to give a person from a rural village like himself an opportunity to see their music stars.
“I am from the rural village and normally do not get an opportunity to attend glamorous music events in Gauteng. But because the SAMAs are nearer to me here, I always attend. They have been in our province and must always be because we will continue to support them as community members like we have done in the past,” he said.