The South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMAs) has established a category in honour of SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng for his efforts in promoting traditional music.
The founder of the SATMAs‚ Dumisani Goba‚ announced that the awards body would be naming a category after Hlaudi for putting traditional music back on the map through the 90% local music quota implemented throughout all SABC radio stations in May.
“As from today‚ we as SATMA‚ we took a decision to honour uBab’ Motsoeneng with one of the categories‚” Dumisani said during the awards announcement function in Durban on Sunday – as heard in a clip posted by SABC.
“Not during this period of the SABC‚ but lifetime‚” he added‚ suggesting the name of category will remain forever‚ despite any changes‚ relating to Hlaudi‚ that can occur.
In response to this ‘mammoth honour‚’ Hlaudi revealed that he was thrilled‚ adding that he was unaware that the local music quota policy would have a positive impact on local musicians.
“I am happy but what is more important for me is that I just came with the idea of 90% not knowing that people of South Africa will be so excited especially the artists. And I am glad about this honour and SABC is not about individual but I am just leading the team.”
Dumisani further revealed that other categories will also be renamed after “heroes and heroines of Africa”.
The SATMAs are set to take place on October 1 in Richards Bay‚ KwaZulu-Natal.