Pro­ject liv­ing leg­end

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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.

PHOTOS: DEN­ZIL MAREGELE

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

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