Our country has lost a highly respected and talented filmmaker with the passing of Junaid Ahmed. He was a comrade and a writer, a producer and director.
Department of Arts and Culture has appointed Connect Channel to organise the South African pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. It is a pleasure to announce that Candice Breitz and Mohau Modisakeng will represent South Africa at the world’s most prestigious contemporary art event.
Reuben Malusi Khemese, alongside his brothers, Sandile and Thami, were founding members of the Soweto String Quartet. Coming from a highly talented, musical family, two of them became violinists for the Soweto Symphony Orchestra. Having played together since 1978, it would be much later in 1989 that they took the plunge and together with their friend, Makhosini Mnguni, established the Soweto String Quartet.
“We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of the cellist, Reuben Khemese. Together with his other group members, the Soweto String Quartet captured the imagination of the public both in South Africa and in the rest of the world, “ said Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
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.