22 June 2022

HELLOFCB+ creates new City Hall Exhibition that Honours Enoch Sontonga, composer of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

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HELLOFCB+ creates new City Hall Exhibition that Honours Enoch Sontonga, composer of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

A new exhibit honouring the life and work of Enoch Sontonga, the composer of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, is drawing visitors of all ages to the popular Nelson Mandela in Cape Town – Legacy Exhibition at Cape Town’s City Hall.

The temporary display, which opened in April, was designed and created by ad agency HelloFCB+ on behalf of the City of Cape Town. It showcases the history of the well-loved song that became a key component of the South African National Anthem.

Here, visitors can learn the history of Sontonga’s life, from his birth in the Eastern Cape and education at Fort Hare and Lovedale College to his tragically short life and career as an educator, preacher, poet and composer.

Jacquie Mullany, Creative Director,says: “This multimedia experience tells the story of how Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, initially composed as a hymn for the Johannesburg school where Sontonga taught, became the basis for what has been called the world’s most-loved anthem.”

“Our clients at the City of Cape Town, Lindie Buirski & Marc Smith, gave us access to a wealth of information and material, helping us to create an impactful and interactive display” said Neal Tosefsky, Senior Project Manager.

The fascinating information and material relating to the anthem includes the story of others involved in its composition, translation, and arrangement. Among those are poet/activist Solomon T. Plaatje, who first recorded the song in London in 1923, and C.J Langenhoven, composer of Die Stem van Suid Afrika. 

The exhibition also recounts the search for the lost Braamfontein gravesite of Sontonga, who died in 1905 at the age of just 32.

As part of the permanent Nelson Mandela in Cape Town – Legacy Exhibition, the Enoch Sontonga exhibition has great historical interest and educational value, and learners of all ages as well as all others interested are encouraged to view it.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 – 16:00

Location: City Hall, Darling Street

Admission: Free of charge

Bookings: Bookings by email are encouraged and can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.