Blaq Diamond shines in Mpumalanga

Everson Luhanga

Blaq Diamond wowed the crowds with a headline performance at the 15th South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMAs) ceremony on Saturday night.

People from a multitude of cultural backgrounds attended the festivities in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

Africa’s freedom fighters, heroes and traditional music artists were honoured and recognised at the event. 

Founder Dumisani Goba said establishing the awards had been a beautiful journey with many hurdles.

Last night, the hurdle was the Coronavirus – and the event was staged with social distancing.

“We have hosted and recognised African leaders such as Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, the Kwame Nkrumah family of Ghana, former President of the USA Barack Obama and his mother, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, former President Jacob Zuma, and many local heroes at this event,” he said.

After several artists had performed, Blaq Diamond graced the stage to perform their hit Banoyi to cheering and applause.

Blaq Diamond is an Afro-pop duo from KwaZulu Natal made up of Ndumiso Mdletshe and Sphelele Dunywa, better known as Ndu and Danya.

The premier of Mpumalanga, Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, the MEC and the head of departments for the Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation were among the guests.