South Africa: Sports, Arts and Culture On the Passing of Veteran Playwright Welcome Msomi

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The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture is saddened by the passing of Veteran Playwright, Mr Welcome Msomi, who passed away after a short illness. Despite the unfortunate events that led to his conviction in 2019, Welcome Msomi leaves a formiddable legacy.

Bab'Msomi wrote his first book at the age of 15; and went on to make his name in Zulu literature as well as South African Theatre. He is globally renowned for writing and directing theatre play 'uMabatha'. The play is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth and was performed all over the world in isiZulu. He also worked at the then Radio Bantu, today known as Ukhozi FM, where he wrote and performed in plays that were broadcast on the national radio station.

uBab'Msomi was behind the progression of the Zulu dance choreography and over time, developed a cult-like following. Something he will forever be remembered for.

"Welcome was a giant tree full of ideas who always wanted to take arts and culture to another level. Always searching for ways to do better for South African arts and culture. He was a show runner, a dreamer and a visionary" said Duma Ndlovu (TV Producer).

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