SEVERAL Eastern Cape musicians have been nominated for this year's South African Traditional Music Awards (Satmas), among them Kwazakhele-born musician Nomfusi Gotyana-Tini.
The 27-year old has been nominated in the Best Afro Soul category for her album, Take Me Home.
"It is a beautiful album with a South African sound. I worked with Robbie Malinga, Ringo Madlingozi and a whole lot of other talented musicians in South Africa," she said.
"With this album I am introducing Nomfusi to the South African crowd. The album comes with a story that people can relate to. I am telling our [black people] stories through my music. Singing has always been part of my life and it is something that I love doing."
Gotyana-Tini said she was happy about being nominated for Satmas.
Zama Tornado Ntenteni, 27, of Centane, who won the Best Newcomer category last year, has been nominated this year in the Best isiXhosa Album category for Matsanatsana.
"It feels good to be nominated again this year. This means that my music is growing and people are appreciating my talent. After I won last year a lot of people started noticing my music," he said. Other artists from the Eastern Cape who are nominated are:
ıBerita in Best Afro Soul category for her album, Conquering Spirit;
ıUmhlobo Wenene DJ Saba Mbixane in the Best Traditional DJ category; and
ıUmhlobo Wenene's Lavutha Ibhayi in the Best Traditional Music Radio Programme category.
The Satmas will be held at the Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium in East London on October 4 and 5.