Saturday, September 13, 2014

News Flash: Pops Mohamed on 21 Icons

21 ICONS South Africa features the seventh icon of its second season: acclaimed musician and producer, Pops Mohamed, who has been playing, protecting, and nurturing traditional ways of making music in South Africa for the last 30 to 40 years.

“We’re like a pregnant country. We keep giving birth to good things, bad things, whatever it is, but we are here now.” - Pops Mohamed

Mohamed sees his commitment to preserving traditions as “futuristic”. He explains this view: “It’s the same as if you’re having a problem with your hard drive. If we don’t back up things, we lose them. It’s the same with culture. If you don’t know where you’re coming from, you’ll never know where you’re going to. In order to move forward in life you have to take a few steps backwards. You can’t just live for now or live in the future without understanding your background. It’s not possible."

POPS MOHAMED in the making of 21 Icons, will be screened on Sunday on SABC 3 at 8:27pm.

Check out the promo video here