Veteran playwright Welcome Msomi, 76, dies

Playwright Welcome Msomi. (Photo: Gallo Illustrations or photos / Sowetan / Veli Nhlapo)

  • Veteran playwright Welcome Msomi has died soon after “a short illness”.
  • Msomi suffered a stroke in November 2019 even though in the midst of a lawful fight.
  • He was globally renowned for composing and directing the enjoy uMabatha – an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in isiZulu.

UPDATE – 11:00

President Cyril Ramaphosa on dying of Welcome Msomi: ‘We have shed a cultural stalwart’

President Cyril Ramaphosa in a statement on Sunday early morning mentioned South Africa’s creative community has shed a important treasure with the passing of Welcome Msomi.

The President expressed his condolences to the spouse and children, good friends and colleagues of Msomi.

President Ramaphosa mentioned: “We have shed a cultural stalwart whose creativity gave depth, color and lyricism to South Africa’s dramatic and complex background.

“When Welcome Msomi was extremely gifted as an specific,

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