Arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa has appointed Limpopo-born artist Master KG and vocalist Nomcebo featured on his global hit Jerusalema to serve as ambassadors to the world.
The prestigious appointment was announced during a live virtual conversation with the artists. The minister said the hit song brought social cohesion, and the department felt the pair aligned with their strategy.
Master KG and Nomcebo thanked the minister for his support and vote of confidence. “We are happy you have put our country on the global map. You have used both song and dance to unite the whole world. We thank you for that.” Even though Master KG is happy and everyone around him is also happy for him and Nomcebo, there are people that are not so happy about the minister’s intentions.
“It’s an honour for us. We want to thank you for taking this moment to appreciate and recognise us,” Master KG said in the virtual “celebration” held on Zoom.
Limpopo-born star Rami Chuene and poet Lebo Mashile were among the first to congratulate Master KG and Nomcebo on their appointments. They expressed how proud they were of Master KG and what his song has done on the global stage.
However, the two also expressed their disappointment about the minister’s alleged “parasitic” tendencies that see him “jump into engagement” when artists do well on the global stage, but fails to engage the struggles of artists with the same vigour.
“What Master KG has achieved is wonderful. Congrats! He does not deserve to have his achievement hijacked. Why has the minister not given artists a chance to speak to him directly in the last five months?” Lebo asked.
Rami echoed Lebo’s concern: “But you know this is the only kind of engagement our minister likes.
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