LOVERS of traditional music can again vote for their favourite artists in 32 categories for this year’s traditional music awards.
The voting started on Friday at midnight after it was declared open at the fourth annual South African Traditional Music Awards (Satma) launch at Sibaya Casino.
The categories are: Best Venda Album, Best Sotho Album, Best Sepedi Album, Best Isicathamiya Album, Best Shangaan Album, Best IsiXhosa Album, Best Ndebele Album, Best Traditonal San Album, Best Setswana Album, Best Mbaqanga Album, Best Indian Album, Best Boeremusiek, Best Siswati Album.
Others are Best Maskandi Album, Best Upcoming Artist, Best Praise Singer, Best Traditional Dance Group, Best Selling Album, Best Female Artist, Best Compilation, Best Video, Best Male Artist, Best Traditional Music Radio Programme, Best Traditional Community Radio Dj, Best Indigenous Comedian, Best Composer, Best Traditional Dj (PBS), Lifetime Achievement, Lasting Legacy, Best Song of the Year and Best Traditional Hip Hop.
The Traditional Hip Hop category has opened doors for artists like Zuluboy, who produces music imbued in the Zulu cultural tradition.
Making a presentation at the Satma awards, Satma head of marketing and communications Mlamuli Nxele said the additional categories this year from 26 last year are a clear indication that the awards are growing from strength to strength.
SMS the name of your favourite traditional artist to 34066 under the relevant category.