Masekela's Songs of Migration at the Market

Market Theatre Foundation
01/11/2010 17:07:13

Songs of Migration is a musical tribute to the great songs of migrants across the African continent to be staged at the Market Theatre from January 13.

It was created by internationally acclaimed trumpeter, composer and lyricist Hugh Masekela and written and directed by award-winning director James Ngcobo. It features the multi-talented, soulful and dynamic Sibongile Khumalo.

Following the discovery of minerals in Gauteng and other parts of South Africa during the late 19th century, indigenous people started to migrate to the towns that had emerged out of the mining operations dumps. These new migrants brought with them their music, traditional costumes, musical instruments, songs, ceremonies and dance.

The prospects of work in a community where citizens could afford to pay to have a good time drew musicians to the rapidly growing golden city of Johannesburg. They left their ancestral homes and gathered in this cosmopolitan town- assembling an extraordinary mass of musical talent.

Songs of Migration rewinds the tape and tells stories about South African music and history, and promotes African music and dance. The production includes rich musical scenes on the train that was seen as a separator of lovers, breaking up families as it moved raw materials to and from the ports for imports and exports.

This show is a musical celebration. We take off our hats to the musicians who captured this journey in song. It features songs by Mackay Davashe, Joseph Shabalala, Victor Ndlazilwane, Gibson Kente, Hugh Masekela, Dorothy Masuka and Miriam Makeba.

The Market Theatre presents Songs of Migration
Compiled by Hugh Masekela and James Ngcobo
Directed by James Ngcobo
Based on the original, South African State Theatre production The Rehearsal, 100 years of South African Music

Production Information:

Compiled by Hugh Masekela and James Ngcobo
Directed by James Ngcobo
Musical Director: Ezbie Moilwa
Lighting Designer: Wesley France
Sound Designer and Engineer: Freddy Malesa
Choreographer: Greg Maqoma
Dance Captain: Lulu Mlangeni
Set and Costume Designer: Noluthando Lobese
Stage Manager: Rapelang Leeuw

Cast: Character
Hugh Masekela - Lead Storyteller
Sibongile Khumalo - Lead Storyteller
Fana Zulu - Bass
Ntokozo Zungu - Guitar
Tshepo Mngoma - Violin and Vocal
Ezbie Moilwa - Keyboards
Thumbeza Hlophe - Singer & Actor
Mr B - Singer and Actor
Bonginkosi Zulu - Singer and Actor
Kuki Mncube - Singer and Actor
Gugu Shezi - Singer and Actor
Happy Motha - Singer and Actor
Linda Thobela - Singer and Actor
Nondumiso Zondeki - Singer and Actor

Season 13 January - 21 February 2010
Media Night: Friday, 15 January 2010, 19h30 for 20h00
Venue Main Theatre
Performance Times Tuesday - Saturday 20h00
Sunday 15h00 Account:
Lusanda Zokufa
The Market Theatre
011 832 1641 ext 123
072 367 7867
The Market Theatre Foundation

Related Venue:
Market Theatre Complex, Newtown Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa