Amanda Mankayi Makes Comeback With Satma Nominations

Eastern Cape artists were highlighted particularly among the nominees for the 17th SA Traditional Music Achievement (Satma) Awards.

Eastern Cape artists include , the sister of award-winning singer Nathi.

Amanda was chosen for her song Ndawo Yam in the Best Afro Soul Song category, where she is competing with Daniel Brothers’ Love Me Again and RoyalSon’ Ubuhle Bomuntu.

Before going ahead with her music journey, the 35-year-old was a rugby player who played for both the Lions and Cheetahs.

Then in 2019 disastrous event forced Mankayi to take a break from music.

“From 2019 to December 2021 was a difficult time in my life,” she said.

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“I was not gigging and things were hard for me. I Lost my parents.

“The song [Ndawo Yam] is about my pain and what I have been through in the past three years.”

The province was nominated in the Best Provincial Cultural Affairs Chief Director Category along with KwaZulu-Natal,  Gauteng,  Limpopo, and the Northern Cape.

Satma’s award CEO Zandile Ndzimande said they received over 4,500 submissions for nominees.

“Youth, both urban and rural, have shown a great interest in the awards – something good for the future of indigenous music in SA and knowing their roots.

“That is why we have a category for traditional music influencers,” she said.

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Africanist Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba of Kenya would be the speaker at the Satma’s Awards in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, on October 1.


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