6th Annual SATMA Awards
Message Of Support By Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP
President Of The Inkatha Freedom Party

Durban International Convention Centre: 1 October 2011


I have always taken great pride in the traditional music of South Africa. It is part of my heritage and part of who I am.


Indeed, my childhood had its own sound track, for my mother, Princess Constance Magogo kaDinuzulu, was always singing. I was raised on choral classics, traditional Zulu folksongs and my mother's own compositions, for which she became internationally renowned.  As a student at Adams College I sang in the male voice choir under the baton of the late Professor Khabi Mngoma.


Throughout my life, I have surrounded myself with music. There is always something playing in the background. And while it is sometimes Italian, it is not usually American. There is a rich pot of African music to dip into and it remains my staple and my favourite.


I am therefore honoured tonight to support the 6th Annual South African Traditional Music Awards. These Awards have grown substantially, and I congratulate Mr Dumisani Goba on nurturing them into the kind of spectacular event we are privileged to enjoy tonight.


When we launched this year's Awards at my alma mater, the University of Fort Hare, I gave credit to the artists, who enrich our lives and express our thoughts and emotions. They promote South Africa as a place of vibrant creativity and give us, as South Africans, a reason to be proud.


Although tonight we celebrate the talented men and women who light up our lives with their music, I want to give credit to a different set of people; the ones who buy South African music, who support South African musicians and who make the South African music industry viable.


May that support grow in strength and numbers.

I thank you.