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South African Library for the Blind hosts variety concert and exhibition

Jul 1, 2019
South African Library for the Blind hosts variety concert and exhibition

Makhanda – The South African Library for the Blind is proud to host this unique and multi-faceted show featuring performers who, while not blessed with the gift of sight, have certainly been blessed with talent!

Hosted by the warm and entertaining FIKS MAHOLA (7de Laan’s Simphiwe Mashiya), the show features the poetry of Lelethu “Poetic Soul” Mahambehlala and Dr William Rowland (Chairman of the South African Library for the Blind).

"The musical talents of Singer/Songwriter Steve Kekana will share the stage with vocalist and guitarist Lois Strachan, singer Melikhaya Hugh, singer and keyboardist Gavin Grundlingh, flute and keyboard siblings PJ and Elna Durr and pianist Michelle Nel. 

Melikhaya Hugu who was born blind and began singing at a very young age will be part of the lineup. “I am very happy to be given a platform to perform amongst other blind artists as I don’t get the chance to perform at other platforms as a blind person.

Lelethu Mahambehlala heeded to her call for poetry in 2003 driven by a passion to empower school children and women. In 2013 Mahambehlala lost her full eye site. Despite the challenges that came with a sudden loss of eye site, Lelethu strongly believed that everything that happened is a manifestation of how life prepares you for the next dimension. Mahambehlala will be part of the programme.

Multi award winning Steve Kekana, who is a singer songwriter lost his sight at age five, will also be gracing the audience as part of the SALB variety concert.

Audiences will be treated to a relaxed afternoon of entertainment by a talented group of artists who “see” the world in a very special way.

The shows take place at the National English Literacy Museum (NELM) in Worcester Street, Grahamstown from 3pm on Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th of June. Bookings can be made through The National Arts Festival Programme online.

The South African Library for the Blind (SALB) is a Non-Profit organization, which offers library services to blind and visually impaired people of South Africa since 1919. The organization is celebrating 100 years of existence in 2019.

BLIND DATE AFFAIR: South African Library for the Blind hosted a variety show and exhibition showcasing the talents and skills of blind or visually impaired artists as part of the Grahamstown National Festival in Makhanda from 27 June-7 July.

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