The recognition that the North West Province earned for its contribution towards development of traditional and indigenous music at the 2012 South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA) should spur the province to intensify its programmes to unearth and nurture talent among its youth, Premier Thandi Modise said on Tuesday.
“Scooping the Best Provincial Department of Sport, Arts and Culture” category at the 2012 SATMA awards should not lead to complacency but challenge us to raise the bar and deepen sustainability of the creative industries. We commend officials within the department for their tireless effort, all eight nominees who represented the province and our partners in the industry on the milestone and for making us proud. ” said the Premier.
Modise added that the turnaround of Mmabana Arts Foundation should assist the province to develop its enormous talent, unique, rich traditional and indigenous music and dance.
In addition to the Provincial Department’s win, last year’s Best Female Artist category winner, Ama-Ausi did the province proud by scooping the 2012 SATMA Award for the Best Video, Best Song of the Year and Best Setswana Album category.
Poko ya Pina Cultural Group was crowned winner in the Best Setswana Album category.
The awards was also a platform for the province to showcase its strategy for development of the performing arts, visual arts and crafts and creative arts such as Film and TV Learnerships, Film and TV Workshops Film and TV Workshops, Community Mobile Cinemas, Provincial Film Indaba, Choral Music Revival Initiative, Theatre Development Network and other initiatives.
The province has always been a strong contender in SATMA Awards since 2005,The province has recorded 80 cultural groups some of whom have performed at International arena like 2006 World Soccer Cup in Germany, Beigin International Olympics, Festival De Monitque in France, the Shanghai International EXPO, The JAH (Jazz Heritage Africa) have been recorded by the province.