Langa honours its own heritage

2016-10-06 06:00
 Langa artists gathered at the Guga S’thebe to celebrate their heritage.

Langa artists gathered at the Guga S’thebe to celebrate their heritage.

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Langa Arts Association paid tribute to the living stars of yesteryear of Langa on Sunday.

Veterans of music, sports and community development were treated to a photo exhibition, taking them back to an era when Langa dominated the entertainment scenario.

The event took place at the Guga Sthebe New.

On display were beautiful photographs of musicians from the 60’s and 70’s courtesy the late Woodrow Dlova.

Featured were legendary drummer Max Dayimani, a young Duke Ngcukana, Cups Nkanuka, who won the 1963 Castle Jazz competition for Best Tenor Saxophone player, Bucks Gongco- the Quincy Jones of Langa- Mankunku Ngozi and Victor Ntoni.

Many of those mentioned here have long passed on, except for our own ‘Mama Kaap’, Sylvia Mdunyelwa who was instrumental in putting the event together.

Former vocal group singer, Tutu Cuku, of The Modermaires fame, related the story of how they gave the now world famous Jonathan Butler, his first taste at fame; an opportunity to play on a professional stage at the opening of the new Kismet Cinema.

Former rugby star and Black Springbok, Joe Pondo, attired in his green blazer, encouraged his counterparts, those still surviving, not to give up but to continue to be involved in sharing their knowledge and experience with the younger generation.

Mama Mkhunqwana reminisced about the days when they used to sing in the all female group The Dolly Sisters, some of whom have long passed on.

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