The Market Theatre remembers Lindelani Buthelezi

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Lindelani Buthelezi
Lindelani Buthelezi

The Market Theatre Foundation remains at the forefront of producing and presenting cutting-edge work that has an authentic African artistic voice.

One of the differentiating factors about the space is the fact that it is home to four gallery spaces. One is situated next to the Barney Simon Theatre and has been adorned with works of upcoming visual artists and photographers who need alternative spaces to exhibit their works. It is with this vision that the Market Theatre’s Artistic Director, James Ngcobo, saw it fitting to name the gallery after one of South Africa’s young talents who passed away at the peak of his career but who will remain an inspiration to many rising stars.

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“Lindelani was one of the young actors who died at the height of his career. Naming the gallery after him recognises his work as an artist and his contribution to the industry. He left a huge footprint and an incredible body of work as an artist. He oozed nothing but excellence. Audiences always marvelled at his artistry and the way that he was able to have such an empathy for characters that he portrayed as an actor,” says James Ngcobo

Lindelani trained in drama and television in Natal and joined the Natal Performing Arts Council from 1989 performing in a total of nineteen different productions including Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, J.C. Superstar and Winnie the Pooh.

Leaving NAPAC, he worked with Theatre for Africa, performing in The Black Age and Dead Wait for the Market Theatre. Lindelani toured the United States with Marabi and played in both South Africa and London in The Good Woman of Sharkville.

His television credits include roles in various series such as Sgudi Snaysi, Going Up, Madam and Eve, Scoop Schoombie, Justice For All, Jozi Streets, Crossing the Line, Hard Copy and Backstage. He also appeared in daily series such as Generations and Isidingo and a variety of weekly series including Tarzan, The Deafening Silence, the controversial Yizo Yizo and The Canterbury Tales for the BBC.

The Lindelani Buthelezi Gallery will stand alongside the Brett Goldin Boardroom and the Lindiwe Chibi Boardroom – also named after artists who lost their lives at such a young age and at the peak of their careers.

“The Market Theatre’s artistic director, James Ngcobo is very cognitive about the way he talks about memory. We need to start looking at the contributions of those who were younger and left a mark in the industry but whose lives continue to inspire the next generation of young artists”, said Zama Buthelezi, Brand and Communication Manager.

“The Market Theatre has an influx of new artists who are coming to this mecca to start their careers so it’s important that they have an opportunity to rehearse at the James Mthoba, do workshops at the Helen Joseph room and write their assignments at the Vanessa Cooke Resource Centre that’s how they will understand the legacy left by artists who came before them,“ added Zama.

The Lindelani Buthelezi Gallery is expected to see an emergence of new voices and become a hub for critical thinkers in the visual arts.

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