15 July 2018


All roads lead to North West for SATMA 13

by: Thato Matshidiso   date: 29 june 2018

The 13th Annual South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards (SATMA) were launched on Saturday last week at the Emnotweni Arena in Mpumalanga under the theme: “Embrace your Heritage”. 

The SATMAs will be held in Mahikeng in September.

The launch was used to unveil this year’s programme to all stakeholders within the traditional music industry. The celebration was a major milestone in the story of the SATMAs as they officially rewarded 2017 winners with cash prizes, vehicles and overseas trips. 

In his welcome address, SATMA founder Dr Dumisani Goba, indicated that the awards were going an extra mile to give back to society in many ways despite the fact that they were underfunded. According to Goba, Mahikeng businesses made about R13 million last year alone during the 12th SATMAs. 

The launch event was dedicated to music legend, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse. 

“We have forgotten our legends and we need to recognise them while they are still alive, not when they are departed,” said Goba. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa bestowed the Order of Ikhamanga on Mabuse, an honour that recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.

Goba raised a concern about the National Anthem. “We are not able to sing the National Anthem in a correct manner. We need to play the anthem daily on all radio stations across the country,” he suggested. 
“The theme: ‘Embrace your Heritage’ of the SATMA 13 speaks directly to what the Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs is about, which is to promote and educate society about their culture and heritage,” said Bokone Bophirima’s Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs MEC, Ontlametse Mochware.

“The SATMAs keep growing from strength to strength and may their spirit prevail for years to come. We are bidding for the 4th year to host the awards,” said MEC Mochware. 

Mpumalanga Sport, Arts and Culture MEC, Thandi Shongwe said: “I saw the beautiful traditional dance ensemble from Bokone Bophirima. We appreciate the experience. 

“I want to commend the good work done by Mr Goba. I wish young people can emulate you and embrace their culture. We are looking forward to hosting the SATMAs in 2020. All roads lead to Bokone Bophirima for now,” Shongwe concluded.
Legends such as Sipho Makhabane and Mama Nothembi were among the special guests at the event. 

Bokone Bophirima province’s Botlhale Boikanyo, who is the SATMA Brand Ambassador, performed a poem called “Embrace your Heritage”. Serantlhatlha Art ensemble from Ganyesa and Thaga Moso Cultural Group from Dinokana in Zeerust entertained guests with their traditional music. 

The schedule for the SATMA build-up activities and the main event are as follows:

•    29 September 
     -  SATMA Golf Day - Leopard Park, Mahikeng 
           -  SATMA Civic Reception - Mmabatho Palms Hotel, Mahikeng
              (Welcoming of SATMA 13 guests in the province) 
-  SATMA African Music Festival - Mmabatho Palms, Mahikeng

30 September
    - SATMA 13 Bikers Parade - Mahikeng 
    - SATMA Gala dinner - Mmabatho Convention Centre, Mahikeng