This is what I proudly announce to the world at large via MyPE’s Twitter account profile.
Africa will take centre stage at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Sunday, 25 May 2014 with a free concert of music, dance, poetry and artworks to celebrate Africa Day.
An African Celebration, presented by the university‘s Department of Arts and Culture, is directed in collaboration with music lecturers Gareth and Ulagh Williams, of TwoTone Music.
“We’re celebrating all that is special about Africa, as well as reflecting on South Africa’s 20 years of democracy,” says NMMU’s head of Arts and Culture Michael Barry.
The show, to be staged in the South Campus Auditorium at 3pm, includes both NMMU students and children from Diaz Primary School. They will perform excerpts from their I am an African show, under the guidance of Wilma Anthony.
The diverse programme includes music from African greats Zahara , Mango Groove, Mi Casa, Brenda Fassie, MiCasa and Vusi Mahlasela. Tributes to other African countries’ icons of song, such as Angelique Kidjo and the evergreen Swahili song Malaika, will also be included.
One of Port Elizabeth‘s great musical exports Dave Goldblum’s Say Africa will be performed too. The vocal line-up will be backed by a live band.
“We’d like to encourage folk to witness the wonderful talent at the university,” says Barry, whose initiative also forms part of a national project by Higher Education of South Africa (HESA) to reflect on the role of higher education in the country’s democracy.
NMMU Arts & Culture will exhibit a Talking Heads Exhibition (a silhouette project) which “talks to” areas of democracy, Africa and the legacy of Beyers Naude.
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