One of several shows lined up for the Steve Biko 30:30 commemoration take places in Johannesburg on Friday and Saturday at 8pm.
Titled The Jazz Poets In Conversation with Biko, the shows at the Market Theatre Laboratory in Newtown feature several seasoned artists who will honour the Black Consciousness Movement icon. The shows include poetry recitals and musical renditions, with celebrated poet Mongane Wally Serote's epic work, Time Has Run Out, forming an inspirational backdrop.
Some of the artists lined up for the show are musicians Khaya Mahlangu, Tlale Makhene, Johnny Chonco, Tlokwe Sehume, Shaluza Max Mntambo and poets Pitika ka Ntuli, Kgafela oa Magogodi and Lesego Motsepe.
Sowetan has learnt that poet Lefifi Tladi might be featured if he arrives on time from overseas. Local arts and culture great Maishe Maponya will also participate.
Maponya, the 30:30 committee spokesman, said The Jazz Poets In Conversation with Biko is one of several celebratory and commemorative events that seek to "ensure the legacy of this great mind and son of the soil remains alive".
The events are supported by the national Arts and Culture ministry and and its chief media sponsor is Sowetan. They are part of the work of the Aggrey Klaaste Nation Building Foundation.