THE cream of South African musicians and performing artists will be paying tribute to former president Nelson Mandela in a special concert at the State Theatre in Pretoria at 7.30 pm tomorrow. They plan to honour the life and legacy of Mandela through song, dance, story-telling and theatrical performances. Among the performers are Durban actress, author and story-teller, Gcina Mhlophe, singer Simphiwe Dana, and the Vuyani Dance Theatre. There will also be excerpts from the Rivonia Trial. Sibongile Khumalo, co-artistic director of the event alongside Aubrey Sekhabi, said, “This is an opportunity for South African performers to come together and, through cultural expression and reflection, pay tribute to a man who honoured and appreciated South African artists. Madiba was a patriot who showed us all that it is possible to have a vision for this country and live for it.” Admission is free and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Also paying tribute to Mandela is musician Skipper Shabalala, leader of the acclaimed Afro-traditional group Khumbula, who has penned the tribute song, Thank you, Tata. “This song is about me showing my appreciation and thanking Madiba for what he has done for our country,” said Shabalala.