Songs of Migration to open in Joburg, featuring Hugh Masekela, National School of Arts

Songs of Migration to open in Joburg, featuring Hugh Masekela, National School of Arts

South Africa’s legendary trumpeter Grammy nominee Hugh Masekela will team up with singing sensation Gloria Bosman and learners from the National School of the Arts (NSA) for a spectacular show called Songs of Migration, which will be held at the Nelson Mandela stage of the Johannesburg Civic Theatre on 25 February-1 March 2013.

Songs of Migration returns to Johannesburg fresh from a critically acclaimed International tour that included performances at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, the Hackney Empire in London and the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam.

The show is part of the NSA’s Festival of Fame – Expressions of Heritage, and Bra Hugh’s collaboration with the NSA learners is listed among his passion and desire to support and nurture the school’s young talent, the organisers said.

Songs of Migration carries a narrative of people who, for various reasons, had to journey far away from home. The production is infused with raw emotion, joyful exuberance and passionate storytelling. A new voice, new sounds and new rhythms are found at the confluence of migrant cultures.

“The music connects you to home and shines the light through troubling times,” Hugh Masekela said in a statement, calling the show a piece ‘that is constantly evolving’.

The music’s songs were written and composed by, among others, Masekela, Mackay Davashe, Joseph Shabalala, Victor Ndlazilwane, Gibson Kente, Dorothy Masuka and Miriam Makeba, the organisers said.

The show includes songs of slavery, struggle and liberation.

*Photo by by Ruphin Coudyzer. Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela.


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