In honour of Women’s Month, vocalists Lu Dlamini and Mandisa Dlanga will share the stage at Lacoste Lounge, E 1137 Ntombela Road, KwaMashu on Sunday, August 30 at 3 pm.
Says Lu Dlamini: “The Headroom’s Concerts SA programme for women’s month is a tribute to women who are able to look back at who is following them, and offer a supporting hand.
“I have chosen two women who are the epitome of this support and leadership, to pay special tribute to, this month: Charlotte Maxeke, our ancestor who started the first formal women’s organisation (Bantu Women’s League) and Miriam Makeba, South Africa’s legendary musical sensation who campaigned for the rights of men and women tirelessly until she passed on in 2008.”
Dlamini believes we can never repay “those who spilt their blood for our freedom, those who lost their childhood having to be strong for their younger siblings.
“These are the women who gave up being parents to their own children and adopted the child of the universe. They came and left a mark in our lives. They stood firm in their support so that we could feel free to create in freedom and grow in love.
“The responsibility is left with us. Let us support our arts meaningfully and grow platforms where we can create powerful ripples of positive change.
“Music is our way of passing on the only culture we know, the culture of Ubuntu (I am because you are). This is the story of South Africa that needs to be told to the generations that come after us.”
Speaking about her relationship with Mandisa Dlanga, Dlamini says: “Someone had to open the door for me and keep the door open long enough, until I was ready to walk through it. This is what Mandisa Dlanga and many other women of Africa mean to me. This is what our August 2015’s programme will provide in song.
Born on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, Lu has performed as a vocalist for Jonas Gwangwa, Sipho Mabuse, Brenda Fassie, Sankomota and Mango Groove. Her compositions, eMombasa, Erobamima, Khumbul’ Uthando and Njabulo (Felicidad), are sung in an eclectic mix of languages reminiscent of her life’s journey.
Lu’s latest journey with the uMakweyana, a South African indigenous string instrument, is just one of the distinctive features that can be experienced on her full album which is being released later this year.
Mandisa Dlanga has shared the stage with Nelson Mandela and features on Johnny Clegg’s Asimbonanga. She is no stranger to the Headroom’s Concerts S.A. circuit either; she graced the stage at La Costa Lounge, KwaMashu in January this year.
The two women have made it their responsibility to visit schools, taking their music with them to tell tales of our beloved country, its beautiful people and celebrating our diversity through music.
They will entertain and share their music with education institute, Esayidi FET College on Wednesday, August 26 and four schools on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast have been invited for a special concert to be held at Amahlongwa Community Hall on Friday, August 28. The schools are Kwa-Hluzingqondo High School, Gugulesizwe High School, Njabulo Primary School and Amandawe School.
They will deliver songs from both their solo albums and songs from greats such as Miriam Makeba, Victor Ntoni, Letta Mbuli and more.
Fans can catch them live on Sunday, August 30 at Lacoste Lounge, E 1137 Ntombela Road, KwaMashu at 3 pm. Tickets are R30 at the door.
Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian project housed under the auspices of the SAMRO Foundation. It receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO and Concerts Norway.
By engaging with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, the project aims to stimulate live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create regular, sustainable performance platforms.
Concerts SA also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.