TRAILBLAZING music promoter Peter Tladi has done it again.
In a career strewn with firsts, the internationally acclaimed promoter has been awarded a certificate of recognition for contributing to the National Film and Sound Archives in Tshwane.
"After working for different recording companies, and by virtue of being in the industry, I found myself having accumulated over 10000 Long Players (LPs) over the years. Seeing that the rage is now around CDs, the albums were gathering dust and I was not sure what to do with them. While I was not ready to give them away, I did not relish the idea of them going to waste.
"So one day I was at the Standard Bank Young Achievers Awards where I happened to be chatting about the industry with the editor of Classic FM.
"I told him about my stack of albums that were just gathering dust. He was very excited about this and immediately introduced me to an archivist who was at the event. She was equally bowled over and immediately suggested that I take my albums to the National Archives in Pretoria," Tladi recalled, adding that he did not waste time setting the ball rolling.
The process included his profiling and creating space for him at the museum.
"I am so glad and proud of myself for having done something worthwhile like this in my career.
"Now youngsters have a chance to go and see these albums as they learn about various artists and their music.
"Besides, they provide an insight into the evolution of the music industry. Of course, there is no denying that the quality is different.
"The albums got scratched easily, while the CDs don't," he says, recalling how furious his mother was when the archivists came to collect his stash of albums.
Tladi says the beauty of his gesture is that his family will still have access to the albums.
"They are packed and stored nicely in an environment where they will not be destroyed," he says.
Preening his feathers a bit, he adds: "I think this paves the way for others to do the same. Besides, youngsters have the opportunity to visit the museum in Tshwane, and will learn more about what an LP looked like."
The handing over, he says proudly, coincided with United Nations Heritage Day.
"LPs made men and women. Some of us would not be promoters if it had not started there. I feel proud to have done something for the nation," he said, rushing to his next appointment.