During the month of May the University of Cape Town (UCT) commemorated the establishment, in 1963, of the Organisation of African Unity – a precursor to the African Union – which made Africa a pioneer in continental unity and nation building.
In collaboration with the International Jazz Day South Africa (IJDSA), UCT celebrated Africa Month 2022 with a special event held at the Baxter Theatre Centre. The event was also livestreamed. Themed “Language and music as agents of liberation and continental integration”, the event comprised of two panel discussions; the first was centred on the importance of African languages. This was followed by a musical tribute to celebrate the legacy of Miriam Makeba in the year of what would have been her 90th birthday.26 May 2022 – video recordings of panel discussions
Prominent South African musicians and artists featured in the second expert panel discussion were pre-eminent performing artist, Letta Mbulu; celebrated author and storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe (by video); award winning vocalist and songwriter, Thandiswa Mazwai (by video); acclaimed multi-award-winning songstress, Judith Sephuma; and leading journalist, Nikiwe Bikitsha. The session was moderated by multi-award-winning jazz vocalist, composer and educator, Nomfundo Xaluva-Dyantyis.
Photos Lerato Maduna was there to capture the spirit of the event in pictures.
UCT News was proud to cover the rich abundance of African spirit and unwavering determination to share Africa's stories and to recognise the power and intrinsic value of what it means to be African, and to celebrate with pride.
The participants of the 2022 Kopano conference on Africa Day went to Robben Island for a historical tour and later enjoyed a perfomance by poet and author, Lebo Mashile and Afro-soul and RnB singer, Wanda Baloyi. Photos Lerato Maduna documented the journey in pictures.