Bekhi Mseleku Memorial

Just before my departure to South Africa I met Eugene Skeef, a South African musician, poet and activist, during a Summer Music project for families in Liverpool, and he invited me to attend a cultural event at the centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban in the memory of the most gifted musician to have emerged from South Africa, the pianist and multi-instrumentalist Bheki Mseleku who sadly passed away in 2008.

The sacred event was a culmination of the international Bheki Mseleku Memorial Appeal, a fundraising campaign initiated by the late musician’s friend Eugene to acquire a dignified memorial stone for Mseleku.

The programme included tribute performances by award winning pianist and protégé Nduduzo Makhathini, poet Menzi Maseko, American professor of music Salim Washington, Sufi Don and Aryan Kaganof. Kaya FM presenter and jazz compere Brenda Sisane was the MC.

I had the privilege to be introduced to Bheki’s brother Langa who is an excellent musician in his own right and who also performed as part of the programme. It was a very memorable experience and I feel very lucky having had the opportunity to witness the rich South African jazz heritage live and so close up.

Thanks Eugene!

Eugene insisted on having a picture taken - glad we did :)
Eugene insisted on having a picture taken – glad we did 🙂

Author: Meike

Liverpool based musician - composer, songwriter, piano tutor, musical director, facilitator

4 thoughts on “Bekhi Mseleku Memorial”

    1. I sampled several samp take aways since and enjoyed them all, but none compared to the one we had that day!
      You promised me your very own recipe, I need to try this in UK! Very happy to have met, love & peace sisi x

  1. Oh, what a beautiful gift! My new sister Meike, thanks for your presence in our midst. I am so deeply touched by your words, and your smile puts an extra shine on the African sun.

    I know we shall be making music longer than the Nile…

    Love and light

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