NELSON Mandela’s legacy is celebrated in the music collaboration project, Under Madiba Skies, which is touring South Africa from October 29 to November 1.
In November 2013 a group of musicians from South Africa and France came together to interpret the words of Mandela’s inaugural speech through a special performance where many influences and cultures came together on one stage. Under Madiba Skies was born.
Several songs were composed through meetings between the musicians in South Africa and France. Whether from Durban, rapping in Zulu, from Johannesburg singing with a traditional sweetness or from Cape Town rapping in Afrikaans, the vision is mutual: coming together on one stage, different languages, visions and ideas and, above all, an endless artistic richness.
The music weaves itself together with traditional song, rock, hip hop and acoustic piano/voice duets and show the image of their performers: colorful and carrying out values of peace and openness to the world.
Under Madiba Skies are: the French band Gran Kino, Durban Zulu rapper Manelis, Johannesburg based vocalist Ayanda Nhlangothi and the Afrikaans rapper Jitsvinger from Cape Town.
The group successfully toured France in 2013 with performances at some of the biggest world music festivals including Festival Generic and The Worlstock Festival, and in 2014 the project brought a visit to South America.
The first Under Madiba Skies single Brand New Day got playlisted on RFI (Radio France International) and other French radio stations. The songs was also playlisted on radio stations in Belgium, Germany, Greece, Lebanon, Poland, Italy, Spain and Hong Kong amongst others.
Music lovers can catch them at:
- October 29: Alliance Française Pretoria, 99 Rivier Street, at 7 pm. In partnership with U The Space – Pretoria. Free entry.
- October 30: Alliance Française – Johannesburg, 17 Lower Park Drive, corner Kerry road, Parkview, at 7 pm. Free entry.
- October 31: Ikhaya le Langa – Cape Town at 3 pm. Hosted by Alliance Française Cape Town.
- November 1: Rainbow Restaurant, Pinetown, 1 pm. Hosted by Alliance Française Durban. Also on stage: Unity Band. Tickets R60.
This tour is supported by the NAC (National Arts Council), the Institut Français, IFAS (French Institute of South Africa), the Network of Alliance Française in South Africa, Spedidam and the Conseil Régional de Bourgogne.
The project is officially endorsed by The Nelson Mandela Foundation as a Mandela tribute.