This year 21 February, marks 100 years of the sinking of the SS Mendi, where the SS Mendi collided with the much larger SS Darro in 1917 leading to the death of 617 South African Native Labour Corps (607 of black troops) with 30 crew (SA Navy).
To commemorate this day, on 25 February 2017, Sindiswa Seakhoa, Afro-jazz & soul singer, composer and guitarist will stage a live performance where the CEO of the National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC), Adv. Sonwabile Mancotywa will be a guest speaker to inform and educate the audience about how the liberation struggle of our country contributed to underwater heritage.
“This important history in our forefathers’ time has been ignored for too long and we are pleased as the NHC to see so much strides made to recognise this momentous event during the World War 1 and honour the brave, black South Africans who contributed immensely to the liberation struggle of our country,” says Adv. Mancotywa.
“The SS Mendi memorial‚ situated at the University of Cape Town’s sports fields in Rosebank‚ Cape Town‚ was recently declared a national heritage site to give it the highest civilian honour it deserves.” Sindiswa Seakhoa’s live performance will be backed by an all-star eight (8) piece band where she will illustrate the SS Mendi event with her evocative, rich lyrics and smooth sounds in an educational and very insightful manner. “When my attention fell onto this historical narrative, I felt inclined to do something about it, and the best way I could was to compose songs and stage a live performance. The intensity of the story propelled me to include a dialogue element in the programme, as it adds fittingly to the greater narrative through music. I am thus grateful to Adv Mancotywa for agreeing to give a talk at the event. His knowledge and experience in heritage will add so much value to this commemorative experience,” says Sindiswa Seakhoa.The show takes place at Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History, Bosman & Visagie Streets, Tshwane, on Saturday, 25 February 2017, 20H00 till late.
Tickets are available at: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1467832933 or
www.webtickets.co.za at R150.00 and R170.00 at the door. For more information about the show and Sindiswa Seakhoa: www.sindiswaseakhoa.co.za and 073 345 0168