The Durban University of Technology has honoured four pioneers in Visual and Performing Arts with honorary doctorates of Philosophy in Arts and Design. These include Doctor Esther Mahlangu who has elevated the Ndebele culture on the world stage with her distinctive art form.

Maskandi promoter and broadcasting legend, Welcome Bhodloza Nzimande and members of the iconic group-Juluka, were also honoured.

Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu were hailed for using music to unite black and white South Africans during apartheid.

Although Clegg was not present to receive the honorary, his band member Mchunu says they are honoured to be recognised.

He says despite the obstacles they were able to entertain, but also fight against oppression through music.

“It was very tough at that time. When Johnny and I met though, we didn’t know much about politics but as time passed we realized it’s bad. We sometimes couldn’t meet. We wished we lived in our own world. But despite those obstacles, we were still able to unite people. We cared for each other and we respected each other despite the harsh laws of apartheid.”

Meanwhile, Nzimande, who was also honoured, dedicated his acknowledgement to his former colleagues at Ukhozi FM and legends of Maskandi music.