Phumi Maduna Wins Best Reggae Artist at SATMA Awards 2023

Phumi Maduna Best Reggae Artist SATMA 2023

Phumi Maduna Wins Best Reggae Artist at SATMA Awards 2023

The winners for the 18th South African Traditional Music Achievement (SATMA) Awards were announced. at the DCC Jesus Dome in Durban on December 15 2023. This year, the awards featured 27 categories and Phumi Maduna walked away as the Best Reggae Artist of the Year.

Sista Phumi Maduna’s first Reggae Album titled Substitute dropped in 1993, earned her the title of being the first female singer in South Africa to release a Reggae Album. She also featured as the only female in the timeless Reggae Strong For Peace Compilation that was produced by Richard Siluma and Lucky Dube in that same year.

Sister Phumi Maduna - Substitute

But even before the release of this classic Reggae album, Phumelele Yvonne Maduna, known as Sister Phumi, had already tasted success and fame in the volatile South African music industry. Togehter with the late Madoda Malotana they formed a Duo called ‘Cheek to Cheek’. In 1984 Cheek to Cheek released their debut album So good So Nice under CCP Records, which went on to sell  thousands of copies making them the best selling group at the time. Her music career spans over 2 decades and her musical gift has afforded her the privilege of touring internationally (Japan, USA, The Fiji Islands, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Uganda) as well as working with the South African music industry’s most seasoned musicians (Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Blondie Makhene, Ali Katt, Steve Kekana, Senyaka, Sipho ‘Hot Sticks’ Mabuse, Mercy Pakela, Keith Sweat, The Commodores and Kool & the Gang.) including backing vocals for Margaret Singana, Lucky Dube Systems Enemy and Jose Carlos.

He other milestone was the release of Africa Unite – Tribute to Lucky Dube an album dedicated to her mentor Lucky Dube. That was followed by Victory, a Reggae gospel album. She and Thutukani Cele recorded a song ‘Free West Papua’ dedicated to the people of West Papua who are fighting for their land and sovereignty and who are staunch supporters of Lucky Dube. She now releases music under her label Maduna Productions and is involved in The Woman in Reggae Initiative.

The award was long overdue and Supporters of Reggae Music in South Africa are showering her with congratulatory wishes and if full support of the Win. A recognition well deserved and well earned.

Full List of the SATMA 2023 Winners

Best Afro Soul SongUkukhanya by Eves Manxeba
Best African Jazz Artist/GroupSandile Masilela
Best Reggae Artist/GroupPhumi Maduna
Best Praise SingerLizo Ndobe
Best Indigenous PoetMsa Lomshiyo
Best Upcoming Artist/GroupMamakie Motlogelwa
Best Mbhaqang Artist/GroupImpumelelo
Best Traditional Acapella Artist/GroupBergville Green Lovers
Best Traditional CollaborationMC Records KZN ft. Mduduzi Ncube & Musiholiq
Best Traditional Music Community Radio PresenterSilulami Dumza (Nkqubela Fm)
Best Department of Art & CultureFree State
Best Department of Cultural Affairs Chief DirectorSibongile Nkosi
Best Traditional OutfitMaggymargs Designs
Best Traditional Social Media InfluencerKing Nuba
Best SePedi Artist/GroupSeremi Crew
Best Xitsonga Artist/GroupMr Post
Best Ndebele Artist/GroupIsumi Lamadoda
Best IsiXhosa Artist/GroupBalungile Shezi
Best SeTswana Artist/GroupNomtiti 9
Best SiSwati Artist/GroupMsa Lomshiyo
Best TshiVenda Artist/GroupVhudie
Best Indian Artist/GroupYoji Cee
Best Sesotho Artist /GroupChoko
Best Boeremusiek Artist/GroupDonovan de Buys
Best Maskandi (T&D) Artist/GroupInkos’yamagcokama
Most Voted Song of the YearUmbayimbayi by Inkabi Zezwe
Best Traditional Music SABC Radio Presenter of YearMawaza Kabini (Kwekwezi FM)



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