AWARD-winning poet Obert Dube has been invited to perform at the commemoration festivity of the late Bhekumuzi Luthuli, the undisputed king of maskandi, in South Africa next month.
The Bhekumuzi Luthuli gala is slatted for September 6 in Johannesburg. Victoria Falls-based Dube will have the chance of rubbing shoulders with South African artistes such as Shwi Nomtekhala, Bonakele, Bhekumuzi Luthuli’s son Madlanduba, Abafana BakaMili and Zimbabwe-based maskandi Zinjaziyamluma.
Dube confirmed the invite to the Southern Eye Lifestyle yesterday.
“I was invited by one of the organisers, Nomalizo Ndlovu, and l know Xolani Mkhize who used to sing with the late Bhekumuzi Luthuli.
He asked me to submit my CD for approval since he knew l was a poet. I sent my CD We are one and yes, l made it,” Dube said.
“On the day there will be some poets from different places and l have managed to get a chance to go and represent my country.”
Dube said he would recite his poems which include Luthuli, a praise poem honouring the late singer for the works he did.
The poet said he grew up listening to Luthuli’s music and was inspired by him. He added that he is a fan of Luthuli. His legacy still lives on. He said he was happy to be invited and will get a chance to learn more things during the gala.
“This is one of my happiest days and l can’t wait to show them what l am capable of. l am so happy l will be performing with lots of artistes and l will get a chance to raise the country’s flag high,” he said.
Bhekumuzi Luthuli died at the age of 48 on April 7 2010 after battling with stroke. He released 23 albums with over a million sales.