East London is said to be buzzing in anticipation of the South African Traditional Music Achievement (SATMA) Awards due to be held at the Buffalo Cricket Stadium on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 October 2013.
The buzz seemed to have gained momentum over the past few days after the country’s public broadcaster SABC announced that it has re-affirmed its media partnership to the event.
The SATMA Awards are believed to be the biggest traditional music party in Southern Africa, attended in big numbers by both the crème of the country’s traditional musicians and party goers.
For the first time in the event’s history, this year the SATMAs have been split into two days, with a 99% Indigenous Comedy Show being hosted on Friday, and the main music awards ceremony taking place on Saturday evening.
SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said in a statement: “As the country’s only public service broadcaster, the SABC continuously strives to empower the local music industry through its 18 radio stations and three TV channels.
“Music be it traditional, jazz, gospel, choral music or any genre plays a crucial role in the promotion of the culture of South Africa’s people.”
Music occupies a central place in the SABC’s programming, he added.
The SATMA AWARDS were launched in 2005 to promote, preserve, uplift, develop, honour and award traditional musicians across racial and ethnic background.
Rendez-vous on 4 and 5 October in East London!