South African national poet, “Brah Willie” eulogy

Bra Willie

South Africa’s National Poet Laureate, Keorapetse ‘Bra Willie’ Kgositsile, passed away in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 3 January. He was seventy-nine. The Government organised a state funeral for the renowned poet at which Vice- President, Cyril Ramaphosa, delivered the official eulogy. Our tribute opens with Bra Willie reading his poem Anguish Longer Than Sorrows. We played a short extract of Vice President Ramaphosa’s eulogy which outlines Bra Willie’s history and activism. Many South African artists came together for a final musical tribute on January 16 from which we play a song sung and played by Bra Willie’s contemporaries and fellow exiles, Dorothy Masuka and Jonas Gwangwa.