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Songs of Migration

with Hugh Masekela & Sibongile Khumalo

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street London E 8 1 EJ

Overground to Hackney Central,
Box Office 020 8985 2424
Buses 30, 38, 48, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 254, 276, 277
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www.ukarts.com/Shows/Songs-of-the-Migration/index.asp

will be at the Hackney Empire from Wednesday 10 – Saturday 14 October 2012 following a run at the Koninklijk Theatre Carre in Amsterdam and prior to performances at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Artscape Opera House in Cape Town.

Created by internationally acclaimed South African trumpeter, composer, and lyricist Hugh Masekela, Songs of Migration is a musical tribute to the great songs of migrants across the African continent. There are 29 musical numbers in the show.

It is written and directed by James Ngcobo and stars Hugh Masekela and Sibongile Khumalo. The musical director is Ezbie Moilwa, with lighting by Wesley France, sound design by Gladman Balintulo, choreography by Greg Magoma, and design by Noluthando Lobese.

This musical tribute is inspired by the great trek from traditional, communal and ancestral lands to the townships of the cities. Featuring songs by Joseph Shabalala, Dorothy Masuka, Miriam Makeba, and Hugh Masekela, the show is presented as an extravagant jazz gig, with the band taking centre stage and all the players singing and acting around them. There is a take on Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Nomathemba and the music then swings through the cotton fields of the Mississippi and the old gospel of the American South, via Nigeria with Fela Kuti’s Languta before returning to South Africa for the finale.

It is presented by Sibojama Theatre and was originally produced at The Market Theatre, Johannesburg in January 2011, based on the original South African State Theatre production, ‘The Rehearsal, 100 years of African Music’. The cast includes Kuki Mncube, Gugu Shezi, Khanyo Maphumulo, and Complete - a four man choir featuring Bonginkosi Zulu, Happy Motha, Linda Thobela, and Bubele Mgele.

Wed 10 – Sat 14 Oct, 7.30pm, Sat Mat 2.30pm, Sun Mat 5pm
Tickets £10 - £29.50
(running time 90 mins)

27 September 2012