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SATMA Awards to celebrate South Africa’s melting pot of cultures [watch]

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The 16th annual South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards (SATMA) are set to take place in Mbombela, Mpumalanga on Saturday 27 November. The awards aim to celebrate South Africa’s cultural diversity and the organisers of the awards hope to eliminate tribalism. 

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The SATMA Awards were founded in 2005 by Dr Dumisani Goba and inaugurated in 2006. The awards celebrate all kinds of music made in South Africa. This year’s theme for the awards is “My Culture, You Culture, One Nation.” 

“SATMA Awards gives traditional music its rightful status and role in South African Arts & Culture in the preservation of our heritage. SATMA Awards recognised this void,” said Dr Goba told IOL

The event will be a two-day affair kicking off on Friday 26 November. The first day will be a golf day and “fashion kulture” event and day two Saturday 27 November, will be the main event at the SATMA Dome in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.


The SATMA Awards has 26 categories ranging from Best Male Artist/Group to Best Boeremusik Artist/Group. The likes of Sjava, Candy Tsamandebele, Bana Ba Kgwale Cultural Group are nominated for awards this year. 

Limpopo-born singer-songwriter Candy Tsamandebele is up for three major awards. She is nominated for Best Female Artist/Group, Best Traditional House Music Song for Lollipop featuring Mr Brown and Best Traditional Collaboration Song for Yedin featuring Henny C. 

Fans will have to vote for their favourites artists using the SATMA code to cast their votes via SMS.

Check out all the nominees here


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There will be performances from singer and reality star Kelly Khumalo, amapiano duo Reece Madlisa and Zuma popularly known as Amaroto, Stimela, Ntencane and Obert Dube. 

There will also be appearances from Prince H Malatji, King and the protector of African cultural Values and Heritage Continental and Princess Nokulunga Buthelezi, Princess of Circuses and Contortionist. 

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