Fellow South Africans we have gathered here not to mourn the untimely passing of Lundi Tyamara but to celebrate his life and contribution he has made in our national effort towards nation building and social cohesion through song.
“The richest place on earth is the graveyard, because it is filled with great songs which were never sung, paintings which we have never seen, books that were never written, poetry that was never read. The graveyard is filled with great powerful men and women who never poured out their gifts and talents for the benefit of society”
Allow me to join fellow South Africans and the Arts fraternity in paying tribute to one of our Living Legends Mama Thandi Klaasen.
As we mark the 5th edition of the Mbokodo Awards, we do so with great pride and anticipation – we are proud that these awards for Women in the Arts have come so far and reached their 5th milestone. We are also in a state of anticipation as we look forward to the announcement of the winners of this year’s awards.
As we gather here as leaders and heritage practitioners from all over the world, I am reminded of the importance and necessity of inspired and committed leadership, in addressing the problems of the world as well as the protection and promotion of the cultural heritage of the world.
It feels good to be back here at Tshwane School of Music. I made a commitment to adopt this school as a special project during the launch of the Mafikizolo Reunited Tour.
It was almost a year ago on the 24 November 2016 that we gathered together as the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector in a meeting of minds on the future of the arts.
Let me begin by commending the British Museum for taking on what must have a been a challenging task, with much thought, deliberation and careful consideration.
An exhibition of this extensive nature that sweeps through 100, 000 years of art and takes on these huge epochs of time can only begin with a vision and a dream. It is the dream of many people - not unlike the dream of the Mantis in South African folklore.
This year marks the 13th annual national oral history conference organized by the Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA). This conference is aptly titled: Chanted Memories and Anniversaries: Celebrating Our Common Past(s).
It is an honour and pleasure for me to be speaking at the 13th Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition and I would like to extend a warm welcome and express my appreciation to all of you who are here to attend the event.