Before pursuing her music career, the 35-year-old Mankayi was a rugby player who played for both the Lions and Cheetahs.
Then from 2019 tragic events forced the 35-year-old mother of two to take a break from music.
“From 2019 to December 2021 was a difficult time in my life,” she said.
“I was not gigging and things were hard for me. I Iost my parents.
“The song [Ndawo Yam] is about my pain and what I have been through in the past three years.”
For Best Traditional Music Community Radio Presenter, DJ Sikhumba Esimnyama of Forte Hare FM and Yandisa Zizele of Khanya FM at Butterwordth are among the nominees from Eastern Cape.
The province was also nominated in the Best Provincial Cultural Affairs Chief Director Category along with KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Limpopo and the Northern Cape.
Meanwhile, Lucy Impondokazi, with her poem Igama, was nominated for Best Indigenous Poetry with Mudogwa, Nqobile Msawenkosi Duma and Ntombi Ya Mutsonga.
Satma awards CEO Zandile Ndzimande said they received more than 4,500 submissions for nominees.
“Youth, both urban and rural, have shown a great interest in the awards – something that is good for the future of indigenous music in SA and knowing their roots.
“That is why we have a category for traditional music influencer,” she said.
She said Africanist Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba of Kenya would be the speaker at the Satma Awards in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, on October 1.