HLAUDI THROWS MONEY LIKE CONFETTI
THE SABC has thrown a lifeline to 180 local music veterans in a bid to rescue them from poverty. Controversial SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng announced yesterday that the public broadcaster was awarding R50 000 each to the 180 music industry legends. The list of the veterans to be blessed consists of mainly those who were prominent in the 1980s such as Amadamara hit-maker Freddie Gwala, bubble gum queen Mercy Pakela, the people ’ s poet Mzwakhe Mbuli, blind songster Babsy Mlangeni and praise poet Jessica Mbangeni. Motsoeneng said this decision came after engaging with the musicians. “We know of cases where our artists die poor and, as the SABC, we make these contributions to stop that cycle.” Motsoeneng declined to disclose the source of this money, only saying that they teamed up with their “stakeholders ” to make the move possible. He encouraged the veterans to continue creating music so that “the South African identity does not fizzle out”. He said that the cash injection will encourage the artists to compose quality music again. Gwala said the money would play a huge part in his life, including helping him towards the production of his next album titled Angiyi Eroundini. Mbuli said this was long overdue. “US and Nigerian musicians are big today because their governments stood by their artists.” Pakela said the decision was “brilliant” as she planned to revive her career.
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