Miriam Makeba in her seminal piece titled “African Sunset” demonstrated this, Hugh Masekela with his powerful song, “Stimela” once again demonstrated the power of arts in mobilising and conscientising society about the ills that confront society.
“In this way he gave voice to a sense of cultural belonging in an idiom rooted in the way people lived and interpreted their lives. His body of work spoke in the cadences and the rhythms of the people and he extended the cultural imaginary of South African literature.”
Ben Nomoyi was born in Korsten but due to forced removals was removed to New Brighton, Port Elizabeth where he grew up. He studied at the University of Fort Hare but due to his active engagement in politics, he was kicked out.
Minister Mthethwa expressed his gratitude to the Coal Stove Pictures production team for the success of their production dance film, “Hear Me Move,” at the prestigious Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).
Nyembezi Kunene rose to fame and became a household name in Emzini Wezinsizwa and through the character, ‘Jabulani Dlomo’ in Generations. More recently he also played a part in Scandal.
“We thank SABC for leading the way in practice and look forward to the implementation of a new copyright regime that benefits the creative industries and artists in particular. Let other broadcasters also follow suit,” said Minister Mthethwa.
Speaking on the significance of launching Africa Month at Maropeng, in his opening address, Minister Mthethwa said that, “We meet here at the Cradle of Humankind, which tells the story of the earliest history of humanity, a story of birth, and a story of migrations.
“Papa’s Wemba’s music has been an inspiration to generations of Africans and music lovers all over the world. We shall miss his energy and his inimitable presence,” observed Minister Mthethwa.
“We join the world acting fraternity in mourning the passing of the much-loved Hollywood actor and exemplary union leader, Ken Howard,” said Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
“South African film is coming into its own and has found fertile ground on home soil. We congratulate the co-producers of Vir Altyd, Ivan Botha, Donnalee Roberts and Danie Bester and the entire cast for breaking the local box office record and earning R13.4 million after only one month on circuit..