Albert Nyathi Performs For SADC Heads

Nyathi who has had a chance to perform at many other prestigious events around the world, including the famous Chelsea football club’s home ground – Stamford Bridge –  told Radio VOP in Namibia of this
rare opportunity.

“I wrote a poem called SADC at 30. It was written in retrospect looking at the regional body’s history from the time of the Frontline States and their hopes and dreams to SADCC then to the current SADC,”
said Nyathi.

“The journey has been long and difficult. There has been a lot of issues affecting brother to brother. I shall also perform Senzenina to highlight some of these problems that still face the region since the time of colonisation, time permitting I shall also play the poem My Daughter which seeks to highlight problems faced by a girl child such as human trafficking.”

Nyathi’s poem on SADC lasted three minutes. It was conceived as a collaborative idea between Artists Trust of Southern Africa (ARTSA) and the Botswana-based SADC secretariat.

“It’s a rare partnership with SADC Secretariat which facilitated Albert’s performance at the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of SADC,” said Daves Guzha, one of the coordinators of ARTSA.