Project living legend
They entertained us for years with their acting on TV, their music and other forms of art. And South Africans can’t get enough of the icons who have become synonymous with the struggle against apartheid.
Now Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa wants them to share their skills, knowledge and experience in a project that seeks to promote nation-building and social cohesion.
Under the Living Legends Legacy Project, Mthethwa’s department wants to recognise the role played by the many living legends of the small screen, theatre, music and the arts.
They will be recognised across the arts, culture and heritage spectrum as part of the implementation of heritage initiatives that will mark Heritage Month, which started on Tuesday this week.
“This young man has brought light to African artists; we thank you,” said veteran jazz musician Dorothy Masuka of Mthethwa at the recent launch of the project – before she belted out her signature hit, Hamba Nontsokolo.
The department has set aside R5 million that will be used to allow the living legends to take part in programmes to promote arts and culture, and to also help develop future artists.
Mthethwa said the special fund would be used to facilitate programmes that would have the legends as the primary beneficiaries.
MUSIC LEGENDS Dorothy Masuka (left) and Thandi Klaasen catch up on the latest news at the launch of the Living Legends Legacy Project From left: Jonas Gwangwa, photographer Peter Magubane and Johnny Mekoa chat about old times
Letta Mbulu (left) and Abigail Kubeka take to the mic at the launch of the Living Legends Legacy Project
Lydia Mokgokoloshi (left) and Joe Mafela were among the guests at the launch of the project
Poet and author Don Mattera
Writer and poet James Matthews shows his support for the project