Godfrey Mpulu reminisces

2018-06-21 06:00

DEEP INTO THE PAST

Light up my eyes

As I look through my window

I see Table Mountain

Clear bright skies

And remember it’s Friday

The gate to the weekend

I also see the street

That leads me to the Civic

Where we’ll dance, sing, cheer and marvel

At the great acts of the season

Get your coins together

Book your seats

Pick your garments

Scheme your colours

Style your hair

To be as perfect

As you wish to impress

Morning, night or day show

What matters is your presence

Don’t lag behind with the slouches

Join the multitudes

To see the gig

That’s new in Gugs

No photo, disc or video will bring that jubilation. The splendour is live

Live when the trumpets sound

Sit up and feed your eyes

’Cause the act leaves town in a flash to come no more

Joy in the sixties was sweet as honey

Tunes in the ’70s were mellow as poetry

Plots in the ’80s were captivating as Shakespeare­

Beauty in the ’90s were as stunning as the “Chinese Girl”

Kente’s music never left our minds

Nomoyi’s scenes swallowed us like a whale

Tamsanqa’s suspense stole us forever

Mankunku’s jazz came better than New Orleans­

Fashion of that league brought pride to the township

Melody after melody

Chord after chord

Phrase after phrase

Progression after progression

No one could stop the improv’

Gugs, you made us smile

You designed our standard

We had to make it work

We had to take what’s at hand

And bring ecstasy to all

Long live, our mansion for centuries

Keep strong, our palace for millennia

Godfrey Mpulu

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