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The Market Theatre, Johannesburg and The State Theatre, Pretoria presents

Songs of Migration

Throughout 2012

Large scale

Songs of Migration is a musical tribute to the great songs of migrants across the African continent 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, with 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.

“Hugh Masekela is more musically articulate than ever” -  Mail and Guardian


If you would like to book Songs of Migration please contact Jan Ryan

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