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article imageCape Town's blind busker gets 2 new guitars plus a recording deal

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By Anne Sewell
Jul 10, 2013 in World
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Cape Town - Digital Journal reported on Tuesday about the brutal arrest of Lunga Goodman Nono, the blind guitar player who busks in Cape Town's Greenmarket Square. Well, now the news is so much better.
On July 9, Digital Journal reported how the Cape Town metro police had dragged blind Nono through the streets, smashed his guitar and arrested him for playing outside his minimal allotted playing hours.
On top of that they even fined him R1,500 ($150), an amount of money that he and his family just can't afford.
The article included video footage of Nono being dragged along by his hands and feet, with his wife Abigail screaming all the time to let him go.
As can be seen from the video above, Nono is well-known and well-loved in Cape Town, and his friends and supporters were out in the streets protesting on his behalf.
Friends and supporters of Lunga Goodman Nono protested in the streets of Cape Town.
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Friends and supporters of Lunga Goodman Nono protested in the streets of Cape Town.
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Because the neck of Nono's guitar was broken as he tried to resist being placed in the police van, on Tuesday Rolling Stone South Africa magazine called for donations to replace his guitar from its readers.
Friends and supporters of Lunga Goodman Nono protested in the streets of Cape Town.
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Friends and supporters of Lunga Goodman Nono protested in the streets of Cape Town.
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An award-winning South African acoustic guitarist, Tony Cox, read the story and donated a Takamine acoustic guitar to Nono. Soon after that, entertainment site Don't Party also gave him a guitar.
On top of that, Matthew Davison of Rooftop Recording has offered to record and mix a song for Nono, to then post on YouTube and other online music video channels to further give the blind musician exposure in the world.
They state on their Facebook page:
Lunga Goodman Nono is a blind man who busks in Cape Town and as u may know was hurt by police a couple days ago. Rooftop (thanks to suggestions by our friend Dave Bryant) will be recording a song in studio a well as making a short video showing the public what an average day for Goodman entails. Hopefully, once the video's up and complete we can get donations coming in for someone who quite clearly has a tougher life than most. Lets DO THIS!!
And one Facebook friend comments: "I love how South Africans rally, it shows that we won't let the minority of shitty people in this country define who we are."
So Nono's luck has changed for the best and may it continue.
In the meantime, the City of Cape Town said they will investigate the rough treatment of Nono by the metro police.
Friends and supporters of Lunga Goodman Nono protested in the streets of Cape Town.
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Friends and supporters of Lunga Goodman Nono protested in the streets of Cape Town.
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