Considered the country’s leading celebrity funeral artist, Lebani Sirenje aka Rasta, attended the memorial service of HHP on Tuesday. He set up his easel and paints, and painted live during proceedings.
As the portrait started materialising, criticism of his style grew. Comments ranged from uncertainty over who he was drawing because the painting didn’t resemble HHP to applause that Rasta continues plying his craft and following his passion despite negative feedback.
Finding humour in an otherwise sombre moment, Twitter started the #RastaChallenge. Here are some of the entries: