One of South Africa’s greatest musicians and artists, CaiphusSemenya, turns 80 tomorrow and he has yet to be properly acknowledged and celebrated, writes FloydShivambu
Caiphus Semenya's 80 years is defined by many illustrious achievements, which South Africa and the entire arts industry has ...
The 80 years Caiphus Semenya is celebrating include working with one of the world’s greatest music producers, Quincy Jones, for the music of a 1977 television miniseries called Roots showing the hardship faced by African slaves and the impact of slavery.
The 80 years Semenya is celebrating include his contribution on the score to Disney’s The Lion King.
He could have chosen to stay and assimilate into African-American black subculture. He chose to come back with his African outlook intact.
Semenya’s 80 years include production of several albums, collaboration with his talented wife Mbulu and live performances on various stages and platforms.
His unique genre did not only serve to entertain, but to educate and conscientise. When he produced Women Got the Right to Be in 1996, the women’s emancipation and rights movement was still drowned in the exuberance of the new political order. Through song, Semenya rung a siren of women abuse before it was fashionable to do so.
Sayi funda ‘phi le mikhuba(Hey madoda siya buza)Yo ku nga hloniphi a ma nkosikaziSi no ku ba thatha o kwa zingane Si ya lahleka.”
The National Academy of Africa’s Performing Arts project is incomplete because successive governments at national and provincial levels renege on their commitments to make the school a successful project.
When he was awarded the ACT Lifetime Achievement Award, there was a greater appreciation for his contribution as he continues to inspire a new generation of musicians.
Due to his love for education, literature and real-life experience, Semenya is now a sage, and those who interact with him will know that he’s a mine of knowledge. Let those who care about South Africa’s future do everything in their power to institutionalise the National Academy of Africa’s Performing Arts (NAAPA).Read more: IOL News
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