As we get closer to commemorate 40 years of June 16, we remember the leader of the 1976 Soweto student uprising; Tsietsi Mashinini. He alongside other brave and selfless students decided to take a stand against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in all black schools. A few days before the fateful day, Tsietsi had delivered a powerful speech calling for a mass demonstration at Morris Isaacson high school in Soweto joined by other students from various schools. It is estimated about 20 000 uniformed students joined the mass demonstration that day; the South African police shot live bullets at peacefully protesting students which led to the unjustified and ruthless killings.
Nsingizi Productions will honour Tsietsi’s life through the conscious sounds of Lunisani Masondo, Thembi Maputa and a Surprise Artist paying special tribute.
Journalist and Friend Oupa Ngwenya will present a few words on the life and times of Tsietsi.
Founder of Nsingizi Productions Mkhulu Nsingiza says “much is said about June 16 1976 but little is known about Tsietsi Mashinini who was the leader of that revolution, We need to draw strength and guidance from our fallen heroes as we walk the last mile of our struggle to liberate our minds and marching back to our true home which is Kemet”
The Tribute is an occasion using music and poetry to remember his words and to continue to spread his legacy. It is also a moment to use Africa Month to educate ourselves about the men and women who have stood up for the liberation of this continent. This son of Soweto will be celebrated at the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani with his family, friends and citizens on Thursday night the 5th of May 2016 from 6h30pm.
Struggle Icon and Mother of the Nation Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said about the impact of Tsietsi Mashinini “One of the greatest moments in my life was the honour of having worked with the greatest revolutionary of our times in the 70’s, Tsietsi Mashinini. If there is truth in the adage that revolutions consume their heroes, this is a typical case a most uncelebrated hero is Tsietsi”.
Date: Thursday 5 May 2016
Venue: Soweto Theatre Jabulani
Time: 6h30pm for 7pm
Tickets: R150 at the door or book on www.sowetotheatre.com or at pick n pay stores
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