East London in the Eastern Cape was abuzz this past weekend for the first time the South African Traditional Music Achievers Awards took place in the province. At a star studded affair that attracted many traditional music lovers ranging from politicians, traditionalists and SABC TV celebrities.
Local SABC station Umhlobo Wenene FM walked away with two awards for Best Traditional Music Radio Program (PBS) and Best Traditional Radio DJ for Saba Mbixane’s show, Lavutha Ibhayi. Mbixane was also nominated for Best Traditional Radio DJ for PBS and Traditional Music Radio Program, he won both awards.
In other categories, Inanda FM’s Mzothule Shembe walked away with Best Community Radio DJ, Best Traditional and Cultural News Journalist for Print media went Charles Khuzwayo of Isolezwe while Best Traditional and Cultural News Journalist (Electronic Media) went to Sphamandla Goge.
The award ceremony is an all-inclusive annual celebration of South African Traditional Music Achievers with categories ranging from Best Sicathamiya to Best Boeremusiek. The SATMA’s were founded in 2005 in order to uplift honour and promote traditional music and musicians across racial and ethnic backgrounds. Since inception, the SATMA awards were hosted in Kwa-Zulu Natal at the Durban ICC. This year, the event was an equal success after having been moved to the Eastern Cape. This year’s SATMA ambassador was afro pop artist Ntando Bangani who calls the Eastern Cape home.
The awards were hosted in partnership with the Eastern Cape Provincial Government, SABC, National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC), Ilanga newspaper, Premier Hotels Group and the Buffalo City Metro.
For the full list of winners follow this link: http://www.satmaawards.co.za/docs/Winners%202012.pdf