Tribute to Imam Haron at Artscape

Fatima Haron-Masoed and Shamiela Shamis, (fourth and fifth from left) the daughters of Imam Abdullah Haron, officially open the mobile exhibition, which depicts their fathers life and legacy. With them are, Michael Janse van Rensburg, chairperson of the Imam Haron Foundation, Cassiem Khan, Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport head of department, Brent Walters, and Mxolisi Dlamuka.

The Imam Haron Foundation, in partnership with the Cape Cultural Collective, is hosting a cultural tribute to Imam Abdullah Haron at the Artscape Theatre this month.

The Imam and Us, directed by the acclaimed Basil Appollis, takes place on Friday and Saturday October 11 and 12, at 8pm.

The cultural tribute is one of many programmes being undertaken this year to mark the 50th commemoration of Imam Haron’s death on September 27 1969, following 123 days of detention and torture.

The programme will reflect on his life and legacy – both personal and political – through multi-media, narration, poetry, music and dance. The tribute is partly funded by the Foundation for Human Rights.

Featured artists include world-renowned musician Dizu Plaatjies, who will perform with his ensemble, the Cape Cultural Collective’s Rosa Choir, which sings in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa, the Young Men Sporting Club, the oldest Malay choir in Cape Town, Jazzart Dance Theatre, poet Khadija Heeger, saxophonist Donveno Prins, the Likhwezi Dancers from Gugulethu, pianist Dylan Roman and the Bonfire Drama Group while radio personality Aiden Thomas will be the MC.

Tickets for The Imam and Us are available from Computicket at R175.