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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
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.