Young people who gathered at Johannesburg Stadium to commemorate June 16 1976, became impatient with politicians and almost drowned their speeches.
All that the youngsters wanted was their kwaito musicians and to dance.
They only became attentive when told about Tizozo and Professor, Tuks Senganga and DJ Mahoota.
Besides the youths' hostility towards politics, Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa told them that June 16 would always be remembered.
"We will always remember that some were killed, others were exiled and some we do not know where they are.
"As the youth of 76, they saw their challenges and how they should respond. The youth of 2008 should be looking at what are their challenges, how do we fight HIV-Aids, how will we make use of education. Your future must be better than the future of the youth that came out of apartheid," said Shilowa.
City of Johannesburg executive mayor Amos Masondo said the June 16 generation had left a legacy of bravery and determination.