More than 1400 musicians from South Africa and beyond will come together to honour former South African President Nelson Mandela at the International Marimba and Steelpan Festival to be held on 3-4 August 2013 at St Benedict’s School in Bedfordview, east of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Participating foreign musicians hail from Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.
Mandela (85), commonly known as Madiba, remains in critical but stable condition in a Pretoria hospital.
But his name and spirit will be present at the festival when all the marimba and steelpan players will perform a piece accompanied by a massed choir, featuring two young rappers and local music luminaries Dave Reynolds and Pops Mohamed, as well as US steelpannist Andy Narell.
The fesitval, which also feature marimba and steelpan competitions, is hosted by Education Africa in partnership with St Benedict’s College.
Audiences can also experience the world premiere of the Christo Jankowitz composition Carnival Faces, to be performed by Magda de Vries.
The festival will also provide a platform for mentally challenged musicians and those living in townships and rural areas.
The programme also includes small photographic, art and composing competitions, as well as short concerts and workshops in disciplines such as djembe drumming, percussion, steelpan, marimba, Orff (music education workshops) and African dance.
There will also be a flea market and food stalls on offer.
All workshops and performances are open to the public, and are included in the ticket price.
Find out more on www.internationalmarimbafestival.org