CONTROVERSIAL artist Rasta hopes to sell the late Joseph Shabalala painting for R150 000.
According to Ladysmith Black Mambazo manager Xolani Majozi, the painting will be sold at an exhibition due to be held later in the year.
Rasta said: “I started working on it on Friday and finished in the early hours of the morning. When I paint, I normally use cardboard but I used leather for this one, as Shabalala was a Zulu man and this was to express his rich culture.”
Rasta said he wanted to give the painting to the family, but Xolani advised him against it. “He said the best option is to sell it at the exhibition. He told me it is of value and can be sold for R150 000. I wouldn’t mind getting as little as R50 000 for it.”
Rasta said some of the money would go to the Dr Shabalala mobile school.
Xolani said: “The purpose is to raise funds for Dr Shabalala’s foundation. We will be having an exhibition where paintings will be displayed and sold.
“Rasta will be invited and he’ll be one of the exhibitors. The paintings will be sold to the public and the money will go to the foundation.
“He’ll also get a share of those funds.”