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Tap dancing was his life

By Edward Tsumele | Sep 08, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

The late legendary tap dancer Joe "Mad Joe" Sennakgomo's contribution will not be forgotten anytime soon.

The late legendary tap dancer Joe "Mad Joe" Sennakgomo's contribution will not be forgotten anytime soon.

Sennakgomo's contribution will this weekend be acknowledge in style by none other than his own son, Mad Joe Junior, who is also a tap dancer. He has organised a Mad Joe Tribute concert at Ekurhuleni's Thokoza Stadium Indoor Arena on Saturday.

The tribute was made possible by funding from the Mad Joe Foundation. The foundation was formed by father and son last year, only a few months before the older Joe died.

"We started the foundation so that we would be able to pay tribute to South African icons in the fields of music, art, culture, sport and politics. This tribute concert is one of several that the foundation will organise in the future," Mad Joe said.

"I have been a tap dancer myself since the age of 25, and now I am 35. I was born with this talent and my father did not have to teach me very much because tap dancing is like a family thing. It's in one's genes," Mad Joe Junior said.

Mad Joe Junior will not be paying tribute to his father alone. There are a host of tap dancing outfits from Ekurhuleni that will take part in the concert.

Some of the groups that will perform include the Tuxedo, Ingoma Band, Dance Mafia, 15 Poetry Band, The Skeletons, TKZ, Creative Poetry, TTA, Ingoma Band and Izimbali Zothando.

The concert will start at 1pm. Food will be sold during the concert.

"Tap dance is alive and kicking on the East Rand and I am proud that my father popularised it.

"In fact, my father's resilience resulted in his being a very successful tap dancer. He was so good at it that he never did any other work in his life. He managed to send all his children, six of us, to school through tap dance.

"Today there are several tap dance groups in the township and some are even touring overseas," said Mad Joe Junior.


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