Over the years, i have listened to your song as we sat at the table, eating, drinking and making merry.

I got to understand that it was a lament, a song that told a story of trauma, pain and agony.

But, hey, look where you are now. You are smiling, laughing and, above all, living large, so to speak.

Your wealth is not a double storey mansion or a large farm but a heart full of strength, joy, strength, determination and, above all, self love.

I have seen the fiery flame of Love shine out of your

eyes. You have shown and shared it without expecting anything in return.

It is not your problem that some have spat on your face after they betrayed your trust and confidence.

Sometimes in life things do not turn out the way we want them to. It is enough that you gave your best.

But, hey, look at you now. Here you are, smiling, laughing and above all, alive and living.

We are glad you are here.

I have seen you struggle to gain a foothold, to hold onto your dreams in your mind.

You have stayed focused, your eyes on the prize. You have conquered your fears.

Your greatest victory is to be true to yourself, to cherish your dreams.

You have made them come true, on your own, with very little support.

Hey, look at you, now, looking down at the Valley of Broken Dreams. And you are at the mountaintop of your game, the fulfilment of your dreams.

You have just mounted the second anniversary of Expressions, a pictorial tribute to the greatest jazz talent to have come out of this country in the last 30 years.

It has not been easy. Worse, this is an unending journey. Keep climbing, my brother.

I have seen you go through the ups and downs of life. The trauma, the pain, the agony and tragedy were meant to make you stronger.

Hey, look, your character is strong and solid now because of the road you travelled.

You have lived for more than 52 years, now.

It is not where you come from but where you going that counts.

Keep clicking and snapping my brother.

We are glad you are here

Happy birthday, to you

Siphiwe Mhlambi

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