Sedick Tassiem

Photo: Facebook / Labia Theatre

Sedick Tassiem: WC government pays tribute to legendary entertainer

Sedick Tassiem died of COVID-19 complications recently. The Western Cape government mourned the loss of the unique Cape Town artist.

Sedick Tassiem

Photo: Facebook / Labia Theatre

Sedick Tassiem, a beloved Capetonian entertainer of many talents, recently passed away because of COVID-19-related complications. Since his death, many have paid tribute to the life of the 81-year-old. On Thursday, 19 August, the Western Cape MEC of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, extended their condolences.


Marais said the entertainment industry in the Western Cape has lost another legend, following Tassiem’s passing.

“While primarily a singer by nature, Sedick loved to entertain people with his flamboyant outfits and through various performances. He was a member of a few choirs over the years and was a popular member of the Kaapse Klopse fraternity,” said the MEC.

Many residents associate Tassiem with the Labia Theatre, an arthouse cinema in the heart of the city, where he worked as an usher and also entertained moviegoers.

“A wonderful colourful artist of many genres and talents including hairdressing, tailoring, music, movies and his beloved [Cape Minstrel Carnival],” is how the Labia described Tassiem in an obit.

The cinema said Tassiem was an active member of the District 6 Community and left South Africa’s borders to show the world his talents. It also noted how he regaled people with his wonderful stories and experiences. “A man of great style. We all miss you, Sedick,” said the Labia.

Tassiem even played a role in a South African feature film – Fried Barry – directed by Ryan Kruger. The director said the “very first day [he] met Sedick 13 years ago” he knew he wanted to put him in a film, and that’s what he did.

The great entertainer died at the Brackengate Hospital of Hope on 12 August after a three-week battle with COVID-19, according to a Netwerk24 report.

“Sedick was someone who brought a unique character to the Cape Town arts and culture scene. A true Capetonian, he welcomed people from all walks of life and lived out his passion for entertaining diverse crowds. We have truly lost a great spirit and one who will be remembered for many years to come,” said Marais.