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Maskandi music legend Sipho Khoza is still disappointed after he was awarded a lifetime achievement award behind the scenes at the South African Traditional Music Awards on Saturday.

The Satma awards, in recognition of excellence in traditional music, were held in Durban on Saturday night.

Khoza, popularly known as Thwalufu Namankentshana in the music scene, is one of the most successful and respected maskandi musicians in the country.

While many musicians went to the podium to receive their awards and were applauded, Khoza was given his privately.

The veteran musician told Sowetan that he felt very cheap and was hurt.

"I am very excited that I was finally recognised. It has been long overdue. I appreciate that they have recognised my contribution to this industry. However, I am displeased with the way they treated me.

"It appeared as if they were doing me a favour."

Khoza said someone called him to the backstage while he was smoking outside.

"I was told that I had won the award, but I was surprised that I got it behind the stage. I would have wanted to be seen like other musicians."

Sources said it was announced that the recipient of the award was Mtshengiseni Gcwentsa.

"They later said it was a big mistake and there was no winner in this category."

Khoza started playing music in 1971 and his first album was released in 1973.

His famous songs include Eyam' Lenduku, Ngiyakwembesa Uyazembula, Intselelo, Umetshisi and many more.

Attempts to get comment from Satma founder Dumisani Goba proved fruitless.


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