AUTHOR: Njabulo S Ndebele
DATE: 2010

DESCRIPTION: One evening in 1959 as a boy of 11, I sat with my family somewhere in this Great Hall. We were there to watch a performance of the opera King Kong which had Nathan Mdledle and Mirriam Makeba in the lead. We had driven all the way from Nigel in our fawn 1948 Chev, and returned there afterwards. The remarkable performance of that night is still vivid in my mind to this day, testimony to the enduring power of art in the making of which nothing was spared to achieve the highest effect. It was testimony too, to the enduring impact of exposing young people to powerful formative experiences, which then live with them throughout their lives. Thinking of that evening makes me a young boy each time. But there is something more to remember…

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