South African Twitter’s most talked about painter, Rasta, might get R150k richer later this year at an exhibition in which he’ll showcase his latest artwork of fallen music legend Joseph Shabalala.
The celebrity funeral painter – real name – Lebani Sirenje – painted the portrait ahead of the late Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder’s funeral on Saturday, using leather as his canvas.
He planned to give the painting to the Shabalala family, but was told to keep it to sell at the special exhibition.
“Rasta has been invited to show his painting at the exhibit. He painted a mural and wanted to give it to the family, but we felt that instead of putting it in the house, why not create a platform for him to show and sell it.
“Baba Shabalala was all about developing and empowering others. It is not only about Rasta, but all painters who want to contribute,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo manager Xolani Majozi told TshisaLIVE.
The proceeds from the exhibition will go to the Joseph Shabalala Foundation, which provides funding to several community outreach projects.
“The exhibition came after we got several requests from painters and artists who wanted to honour baba Shabalala. So we decided to put a showcase together to raise funds and benefit the artists,” Xolani added.
Well it seems like Rasta’s work might not be twitter’s joke anymore.