Desmond Dube's message for SA: Appreciate talent while they are alive

Desmond Dube's message for SA: Appreciate talent while they are alive

- South African actor, Desmond Dube, has embarked on a new project to honour Black Mambazo founder, Joseph Shabalala

- But he wants to take it one step further and document the lives of all African legends

- Dube sent a strong message to South African to appreciate its talent before its too late

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Mzansi actor, Desmond Dube, shared a strong message to South African, to pay tribute to its legends while they are still alive.

He also encouraged other artists to appreciate those who have come before them.

After taking on a project honouring Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder, Joseph Shabalala, at the Soweto Theatre, Dube said he wanted to focus on documenting the lives of African legends.

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According to TshisaLive, Dube is determined to document all African stories.

“I am very passionate about documenting African stories. I mean all African stories, not just Black African stories. I am one of those artists who say ‘why are we always going to England or America to have them tell our stories?’ ” said Dube.

He added that there are countless African stories to be told, with many heroes’ remarkable lives never shown to the world.

He suggested that even South Africans needed to appreciate their own talents and skills.

“We have so many talent in this country and so many people who have come before us in the entertainment industry. We need to recognise that. We need to praise them and appreciate them now, while they are alive, not just mourn them when they die,” said Dube.

Dube tried his best by calling on producers and film-makers to invest in local stories and teach future generations about some of the pioneers of the SA entertainment sector.

“I hope that other opportunities will come for us to celebrate other people while they are still alive,” concluded Dube.

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Meanwhile, a week ago, reported that Thembi Mtshali-Jones, local veteran actress, will be honoured with a Living Legend Award at the 2019 National Theatre Festival in North Carolina, USA.

She's very grateful to be appreciated in such a way while she's still alive.

"It's really an honour to receive this award. For so many reasons, but the most important being that I am still alive to smell these flowers I am being given."

Thembi, who is famous for on-screen roles as well as her time on theatre stages, feels that South Africa doesn't do enough to show the older generation of artists the kind of love they deserve.

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