ON FRIDAY, the Market Theatre unveiled one of its galleries, named after one of South Africa’s young talents, Lindelani Buthelezi, who died at the peak of his career but who will remain an inspiration to many rising stars, says artistic director James Ngcobo.
“Lindelani was one of the young actors who died at the height of his career. Naming the gallery after him recognises his work as an artist and his contribution to the industry.
“He left a huge footprint and an incredible body of work as an artist. He oozed nothing but excellence.
“Audiences always marvelled at his artistry and the way that he was able to have such an empathy for characters that he portrayed,” said James Ngcobo
Lindelani trained in drama and television in Natal and joined the Natal Performing Arts Council from 1989 performing productions such as Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, JC Superstar and Winnie the Pooh.
His television credits include roles in various series such as Sgudi Snaysi, Going Up, Madam and Eve, Scoop Schoombie and Justice For All.
The Lindelani Buthelezi Gallery will stand alongside the Brett Goldin Boardroom and the Lindiwe Chibi Boardroom also named after artists who lost their lives at the peak of their careers.
The gallery is expected to see an emergence of new voices and become a hub for critical thinkers in the visual arts.