New comers have been the highlight of the 13th South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA), as many of them scooped awards in various categories.

The awards were held at Mmabatho Convention Centre in Mahikeng in the North West on Saturday night.

This is an annual event held to celebrate and appreciate South African Traditional Music.

New artists stole the limelight at this year’s SATMA as many left the event as winners.

Best male artist and Best Maskandi, Amaxogama Group say, “It means a lot because it’s my first album and it’s nominated and i won. So it means a lot. I am so grateful.”

Best Album winner, Makhalisa says “Yoh! We are so happy. I don’t know how to explain our happiness because we got the thing that we’ve always wished to get.”

Legends were also honoured in three special categories:  The Best African Legend award, a lifetime award, and a living legend award. The living legend award was bagged by the late South African jazz musician, Rex Rabanye.

Daughter of Rex Rabanye, Boitumelo Rabanye says, “My father was the happiest when he was in music, when he was performing or creating music. So that’s the importance of this award. It represents so much more about the creative industry.”

Over the years the SATMAs have grown from stride to stride. The awards were first held in 2006 with only 14 categories. This year it has 41.

Arts, Culture and Traditional Affairs MEC Ontlametse Mochware says the national awards being held in the province is an opportunity to develop local artists.

“It signifies the province realising its mandate in totality, this is evident even in the number of nominees from our province, last year we had 14, and they have gone up to 25. It even includes the outreaches to various villages, townships and small dorpies.  For this year there had been over one hundred outreaches which gave platform to the emerging ones,” says Mochware.




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