THE creative industry was well represented at a gathering in Newtown’s Market Theatre yesterday.
The event was held in honour of former president Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95.
Poet Jessica Mbangeni opened the memorial service with a beautiful poem and praise singing. The day also marked a new commitment for Mzansi artists.
Eugene Mthethwa of the Creative Workers Union of South Africa said: “We in the creative industry have committed ourselves to keeping up with the lessons left by Tata Madiba, in particular the legacy of unity among all the people and cultures of the world.”
“But that will be a thing of the past,’’ he said.
“Taking from what Tata taught the world, we realised it is time we take each other’s hands and work together.”
Joining him in the pledge to work together was Thabiso Sathathu of the Gospel Music Association, who said: “We want to see national events benefiting all creatives, not just a select few.”
Actor Sello Maake KaNcube spoke about playing the role of Madiba in the play Rivonia Trial.
Poet Keorapetse Kgositsile, actor Fiona Ramsay and singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka also reflected on their memories of Madiba.
Opera singer Zandile Gwebityala performed a song that left everyone in tears.