Celebrating Madiba’s Centenary with music at Joburg Theatre

Celebrating Madiba's Centenary at Joburg Theatre
Joburg Theatre will host a musical spectacle as part of the nationwide centenary celebrations for Nelson Mandela.

Joburg Theatre will host a musical spectacle as part of the nationwide centenary celebrations for Nelson Mandela.

It will feature musical legends Jonas Mosa Gwangwa, Dorothy Masuka, Abigail Kubheka and Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse accompanied by the Mzansi Youth Choir on the Mandela Stage at the Joburg Theatre for 3 shows only from 27-29 July.

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It is directed by artistic director Makhaola Ndebele: ‘Madiba’s legacy of inspiration, integrity, and disciplined determination will come alive on stage as we honour him and his work. It is an honour to work with musical legends, young and old, who exhibit these great qualities. South Africa is truly on the verge of a cultural explosion, which will lead the country into a new and prosperous dawn.’

Centenary Special – R100 per ticket for the first 100 tickets purchased daily. Tickets available from R150 at www.joburgtheatre.com or by calling 0861 670 670.

Nelson Mandela’s style of leadership was one that relied on the skills of others, allowing them to shine. Tata’s skills were honed in dark places and against great odds as he fought, and eventually won, the battle to rid South Africa of apartheid.

Mandela’s legacy was built on the strength of multiple speeches, including a landmark four-hour address he gave during a trial on which his freedom rested. Roughly three decades later, a speech given after his election as South Africa’s president solidified his reputation as a great motivator. “We, the people of South Africa, feel fulfilled that humanity has taken us back into its bosom, that we, who were outlaws not so long ago, have today been given the rare privilege to be host to the nations of the world on our own soil,” Mandela said upon his 1994 inauguration.

The Nelson Mandela Centenary programme represents the focal point of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s strategy to elevate the legacy and memory of our founder. The programme has been crafted to provide the greatest opportunity for South Africa and the world to remember not just the personality of Nelson Mandela, but also what he stood for as a human being.

Bra Jonas, as he is affectionately known, was born in 1941 in Orlando East, Soweto. In his youth Gwangwa was one of many musicians mentored by alto saxophonist Kippie Moeketsi. He then joined the 1950’s band The Epistles as a trombonist. The band helped him gain some recognition. Sadly, it disbanded in 1959. Gwangwa then went on to become a composer of note and became the first black South African to release an album. Gwangwa gained popularity in the US when he was featured in the Sound of Africa concert. Two years later he returned for The Main Event, a tour that also featured saxophonist, Hugh Masekela.

Another Orlando East-born star, Abigail Khubeka, will belt all-time favourites that got the late Madiba up his feet with his signature moves. Abigail Kubeka started singing with popular musicians including Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and many others including her co-star for the night, Dorothy Masuka.

She is a legend who guides young artists hoping for a long and successful career. She says, “You have to have sincerity and discipline to make it in this and any industry. You also need to always be open to learning so you can continually improve your image and your talent. Make the world your classroom. And realise that all sustainable growths take time.”

Lighting up the dance floor is Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, who is one of South Africa, and the worlds, most admired and respected musicians. He is a gentle living legend with 50 years of musical accomplishment and history behind him, who influences the industry that gave him his voice as he continues to grow in leaps and bounds. Mabuse wears many hats; entertainer, businessman, father and caregiver to many, he is an integral part of the entertainment industry and his contribution to the diverse landscape of South Africa is appreciated and honoured by music lovers the world over.

Come and celebrate with us the life of a legend in an unforgettable concert at Joburg;

27 July 2018 first performance @ 20:00
28 July 2018 second performance @ 20:00
29 July 2018 last performance @ 15h00

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