The South African Traditional Music Awards (Satma) organisers say this year’s awards are dedicated to women.
Satma project manager, Nonyamezelo Matomela, says they are doing this to honour women of the soil who have sacrificed their lives during apartheid. The motto for this year is “Women Are Our Heritage”.
Matomela confirmed that there are no categories for male artists this year. The motive behind this year’s changes is to honour and recognise the contribution of women locally and on the continent.
Matomela emphasises that women need to be recognised and valued.”The theme for this year’s Satma Awards is Imbokodo is our heritage, which is the celebration of the role played by women during the liberation struggle. We would like to celebrate women who marched to the union buildings and all the categories in the Satma’s Awards will have female nominees.”
We place emphasis on importance of our nominees being females
Best male and best Isicathamiya are two categories have been eliminated to accommodate women, as they are mostly dominated by men.
“We have got 11 categories that will be awarded on day one and 15 categories will be awarded on day two, and two specifically categories were eliminated this year that being best Isicathamiya and best male artist. We place emphasis on importance of our nominees being females.”
No new categories were introduced.
Matomela encourages all music lovers to start nominating their favourite artists by sending an sms to 34066.