MAGAKADIMENG – Members of the community of Moutse in Dennilton outside Groblersdal converged in sadness at Magakadimeng village as they bid farewell to one of their talented own, 2017 South African Traditional Music Award (SATMA) winner, Thabo Maila aka Seremi on Sunday.
The Sepedi music trailblazer, Seremi who succumbed to his death after a long illness passed on at the age of 40 years at Tshwane District Hospital on January 11.
Through his album, Makgaritlane, which composes of eight Sepedi dance songs, the Sekhukhune artist won in the Best Sepedi Album category during the 12th annual SATMAs held at Mmabatho Convention Centre in Bokone Bophirima at the end of September last year.
Stan Ramaila, Sekhukhune District Municipality Executive Mayor, said a dark cloud had fallen on the people of Sekhukhune as they have lost someone with rear artistry.
Ramaila said the loss of Seremi was not hit hard on people of Sekhukhune but Limpopo province and the country as large.
“We have lost one of our best. He was extremely gifted and had a vision to see Sepedi music promoted to a higher level,” Added Ramaila.
The Executive Mayor encouraged Seremi’s group to continue with the good work he had been doing in promoting Sepedi music.
Martin Lebotse, Moutse Community Radio Station Manager, described Seremi as one who was passionate about music, especially traditional music.
Lebotse further encouraged aspirant traditional musicians to work hard as Seremi did to ensure their music was heard beyond boundaries.
“He persevered and believed in all he was doing. This is the man who would stop at nothing to ensure that Sepedi music was recognized. We are indeed going to miss him,” concluded Lebotse.
Seremi is survived by his wife, parents and siblings.