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Call for nominations: 2020 South African Traditional Music Awards

South African Traditional Music AwardsThe organisers of the South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMAs) are calling on the general public to nominate their favourite artists ahead of the awards ceremony in Mpumalanga province on 5 December.

The 15th edition of the event will run under the theme, Celebrating Afrika. The organisers have also extended the call to honour local music legends and icons.

Nominations can be done online or physically. The public can conduct nominations online by registering here(link is external), while physical forms can be downloaded here(link is external) and should be submitted to the following address:

337 Roslyn Ave
Waterkloof Glen

The deadline for all nominations is 5 November.

“Despite the COVID-19 disruption, the SATMAs continue its mandate of preserving South African heritage and the diverse cultures we hold as South Africans through promoting and developing traditional music across racial-ethnic backgrounds,” the SATMAs said. “This year, we will be honouring our great legends and icons from the entertainment industry such as music, comedy, radio, poet, etc. These legends and icons will not be competing among themselves but SATMA adjudicators and auditors will be responsible for the selection of the winners. Sending of SMSs/voting will not be required for these nominees.

“We would like to request that you nominate a traditional music legend, icon, artist, group, radio presenter, comedian and journalist of your choice, relevant to you, your radio station or record company.”

Below is the SATMAs 2020 list of categories:

  • Best Male Artist of All Time
  • Best Female Artist of All Time
  • Best Afro-soul Song of All Time
  • Best African Jazz Song of All Time
  • Best Reggae Artist of All Time
  • Best Praise Singer of All Time
  • Best Poet of All Time
  • Best Indigenous Comedian of All Time
  • Best Newcomer Artist/Group of All Time
  • Best Traditional Dance Group of All Time
  • Best Mbaqanga Traditional Legend
  • Best A Capella (Isicathamiya) Traditional Legend
  • Best Cultural Electronic Media Journalist of All Time
  • Best Cultural Print Media Journalist of All Time
  • Best Traditional Community Radio DJ of All Time
  • Best African Outfit

Music legends and icons

  • Best Sepedi Traditional Legend
  • Best Tshivenda Traditional Legend
  • Best Xitsonga Traditional Legend
  • Best Ndebele Traditional Legend
  • Best Isixhosa Traditional Legend
  • Best Setswana Traditional Legend
  • Best Siswati Traditional Legend
  • Best Indian Traditional Legend
  • Best Sesotho Traditional Legend
  • Best Boeremusiek Traditional Legend
  • Best Khoi-San Traditional Legend
  • Best Maskandi Traditional Legend
  • Vernacular Hip Hop Song of All Time
  • First Traditional Music Radio Programme
  • Best Traditional Song of All Time
  • Best Traditional Global Icon
  • Best Traditional Artist of All Time
  • First Traditional Radio Presenter

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