Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya to headline benefit concerts for Thabo Mbeki Library

Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya will headline concerts in Cape Town and Johannesburg next week as part of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation's efforts to raise funds for the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library.

The library is a project between the foundation and the University of South Africa (Unisa) that will make former president Mbeki’s documents, papers, artefacts and all materials that span over 15 years available to the public and will become a ‘living library and museum’.

Azania Mosaka spoke Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library CEO Max Boqwana, who says the library will incorporate the materials of other African liberation leaders.

As we speak, president Mbeki is wondering around this continent, seeking to promote peace and resolving various conflicts and we also think that the material and the background to that has to be exposed to the Africans in the rest of the continent and the diaspora.

Max Boqwana, CEO - Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library

It is not a vanity project for president Mbeki, it is an environment that will hang the material of other liberation leaders.

Max Boqwana, CEO - Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library

To give you an example, two weeks ago we received the diaries, papers, writings and books of the former president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah. We found home here in South Africa in a way that at some point in future we can take that material back to Ghana.

Max Boqwana, CEO - Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library

The library goes beyond just an academic centre of research, it is going to a centre of dialogue, trying to make sure that Africans know more about themselves than they currently know.

Max Boqwana, CEO - Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library

The first concert will take place in Johannesburg on 27 November 2019 at the Lyric Theatre at the Life Church in Cape Town on 29 November.

This may be the last time Ibrahim and Ekaya tour South Africa.

Tickets can be purchased at Webtickets or Pick n Pay.

Click on the link below to hear more about the initiative...


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