Usher in Africa Month in style with the team from Joburg Theatre, who in collaboration with The Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation, are set to share a heart-warming celebration of Hugh Masekela’s theatrical music in an exclusive four-performance season of A Celebration of Bra Hugh Masekela on The Mandela stage at Joburg Theatre, from Thursday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 6th.
Bra Hugh, as he was affectionately known, graced stages across the world, playing to Presidents and ordinary working people alike. He stood tall in the dark days of apartheid, highlighting Africa’s, and South Africa’s plight to the world. A brilliant and headstrong artist, he was never shy to express his views about the African Continent.
A lot is known about South African music legend Hugh Masekela, but less about his affection and contribution to musical theatre in South Africa. His early years found him involved in the productions of the African Jazz and Variety road show and the internationally acclaimed King Kong – Africa’s first Jazz opera.
He was an integral force in the creation of South Africa’s most successful international musical Sarafina! which had an incredible run on Broadway from 1988 to 1989, with a parallel cast running in Europe and Australia. He later initiated a musical theatre revue called Songs of Migration, which toured South Africa, Europe and the United States of America.
A Celebration of Bra Hugh Masekela taking place this May will include a melodic and dramatic tapestry of songs from Sarafina!, directed by Mbongeni Ngema, Songs of Migration, directed by James Ngcobo, and Gone Native: The Life and Times of Regina Brooks directed by Makhaola Ndebele.
The celebration will star renowned Thandiswa Mazwai & Sibongile Khumalo, who have previously collaborated with Bra Hugh.
As we celebrate Africa and Worker’s month, this tribute will showcase some of his best known theatrical songs and compositions. It will feature contributions from some of his most loved collaborators and will shine a spotlight on South African talent. They will be joined by a select group of eminent musicians who worked with Bra Hugh, as well as his members of the most recent Masekela touring band.
This promises to be a celebration like no other!
Performances are from Thursday 3rd May to Saturday 5th May at 8pm, Sunday 6th May at 3pm.
Tickets range from R150 to R300. These are available by visiting www.joburgtheatre.com or calling 0861 670 670.