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Poverty should not be artists' destiny

By unknown | Dec 13, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Gershwin Chuenyane

Gershwin Chuenyane

South Africans making a living from the performing arts, especially musicians, should not be left to die in poverty, said Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan.

Jordan was speaking in Pretoria at a luncheon in honour of a legendary South African music group, The Manhattan Brothers, who were dominant for three decades from the 1940s.

Members of the group received self-portraits commissioned by the department .

Jordan said the event was part of last year's Fifties Gala Night, at which bands from that decade were honoured.

"We have to ensure that future generations become fully aware of the heavy price that the musicians of yesteryear had to pay for us to get to where we are today.

"Something that we earn cheaply, we value too lightly," he said.

Jordan said that though recognition of the rigours musicians had been forced to endure had been late in coming, people should be grateful that it had arrived.

"We are putting together a social security system [for performers] together with other stakeholders in the performing arts industry," he said.


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