The stars, and the community, came out in their droves on Saturday to pay tribute to the late Taliep Petersen.
The tribute to Taliep Petersen took place at GrandWest led by Taliep’s children, and there were tears, laughter and lots of music as they marked 10 years since the death of the legend.
Host Shaleen Surtie-Richards started the night with a moment of silence, and the sold-out arena went quietly as people reflected on Taliep’s life and tragic death.
Friends and family shared their fond memories of Taliep via videos played on big screens, like his sister Taghmeeda Johnson who said: “He was always good at marbles.”
Singer Nur Abrahams kicked off the music with El Mondo, which was one of Taliep’s favourite songs.
Another highlight was David Kramer playing his guitar and introducing Jody Abrahams and Emo and Loukmaan Adams to sing the first song he and Taliep wrote together, the evergreen My Broertjie My Bra.
The three actors all at one stage sang the song when they performed in District Six: The Musical as laaities.
Fagmie Londt from Walmer Estate says he grew up with Taliep and has fond memories of how he started his iconic career.
“That first show at the Three Arts theatre of District Six was great. We’d never seen anything like it. And now today those beautiful songs are all classics,” he says.
Taliep’s son Ashur told the crowd: “We are so overwhelmed by the support,” and then had mense in tears as he performed a duet with his dad, the classic, The Impossible Dream.
Ashur sang along with his dad via the big screen, whose performance was recorded many years ago.
Mayor Patricia de Lille thanked the Petersen family for sharing such a fitting tribute with the people of Cape Town, and then invited the Petersen kids to perform at the switching on of the Adderley Street lights on Sunday, December 4.