Jan Gerard Sekoto

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South African artist and musician

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Date of birth: 
09-September- 1913
Location of birth: 
Botshabelo, South Africa
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United States of America

“Art is the spark, the illumination which is socially significant for it brings about understanding.”

Jan Gerard Sekoto was born on 9 September 1913 in Botshabelo. Botshabelo was a mission station established by the German missionaries amongst the Pedi community in the Middelburg district of the Transvaal.

• Manganyi, N.C. (1996). A Black Man Called Sekoto, Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press.
• Anonymous pamphlet, (2003?). ‘About Gerard Sekoto’s music’, (advertising the playing of his music, at the Pretoria Art Museum on the 10th anniversary of his death, by The Blue Heads, a group of 9 musicians managed by Barbara Lindop, one of Sekoto’s biographers)
• Sack, S. (1988). The Neglected Tradition, Johannesburg: Johannesburg Art Gallery.
• Gerard Sekoto: SA\'s artistic icon, 3 June 2004 [Accessed 12 March 2009]
• Gerard Sekoto: The townships of Paris [Online]: Available at: culturebase.net profile [Accessed 12 March 2009]
• Gerard Sekoto mural unveiled in Sophiatown - Lucille Davie, October 6, 2004

Last updated : 03-Jul-2018

This article was produced by South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011

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