The American musician stood in front of a painting that included images of Nelson Mandela and former archbishop Desmond Tutu, towering figures in the history of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle.
Rapula Pelle, an audience member, told Ayers that he was inspiring.
“Seeing you here, you’re giving us strength and that power and wisdom to continue. I bless you, my father,” Pelle said.
Ayers, who turned 77 last month, said he has been working hard and suggested he was on the cusp of something new.
“I’m just making it now,” he said.
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