FOND-PNYF-2021-3.png
DECO-2.png
DECO-5.png
south-africa.png
JOBURG
December 15 -16th 2021
FRISE-JOBURG.png
Constitution Hill
TERRE.png

Freedom Songs

Concerts, talks and live recording

Artists will honor The South African "musical revolution" with "Freedom Songs" LIVE recording event Musically directed by Siyabonga Mthembu and Mthunzi Mvubu Feat

Historically, music has played an integral role in addressing injustice, asserting human rights and offering hope, particularly in troubled countries and during times of revolution. Artists have long used their art and platform(s) as a reflection and representation of their people’s plight.

In South Africa, struggle songs have played a major political role and Hugh Masekela once described the country’s journey to liberation as a ‘musical revolution’.

During these challenging times, both politically and due to the Covid pandemic, artists are once again using their voices to express the sentiments of the people and/or encourage hope, resilience and healing.

For this event, we bring together some of Africa’s finest, alongside guests from the US and France, for a unique collaboration exploring Freedom Songs from the Past, Present and Future. ‘The Brother Moves On’ an eclectic, barrier-breaking musical art ensemble from Johannesburg, will perform as the backdrop for guest appearances from acclaimed artists. These guests include the powerful, poignant, South African singer-songwriter from the Eastern Cape, Msaki, as well as Swaziland’s Bholoja and his evocative voice and soulful-folk guitar playing. The conscious Hip-Hop and spoken word artist from US, Raashan Ahmad will also join them, as will both members of the Paris-based dynamic duo DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson, as well as students from Soweto’s iconic institution, the 'Morris Isaacson Centre for Music’ and more….

‘Freedom Songs’ will be musically directed by Siyabonga Mthembu and Mthunzi Mvubu, both highly regarded for their experience as musicians, collaborators and creative-innovators. All the artists involved in this surely historical performance are committed, each in their own way, to community building and connecting with people… so they’ve been chosen to create as a collective, to re-interpret freedom songs from the archives and/or create new ones.

PNYH will partner with IFAS to release the album of this collaboration on digital platforms and limited edition vinyl


“…we have now, more-than-ever, the responsibility to build today for a better tomorrow!”

DECO-4.png

_Line up

The Brother Moves On feat Bholoja (SZ),Raashan Ahmad (USA) Students from ‘Morris Isaacson Centre for Music’ [Soweto], Gontse SPAZA (SA)

Djeudjoah and Lieutenant Nicholson (FR) feat Cool Affair (SA) 2lani the Warrior(SA) Shamrock (SA)

FOND-PNYF-2021-3.png

To listen

The Brother Moves.jpg

The Brother Moves

The Brother Moves (TBMO) is a South African band and performance art ensemble from Johannesburg founded by Siyabonga Mthembu. The group began as a self proclaimed pluri-disciplinary arts collective but throughout the years it has incorporated many instrumentalists for their appearances in live performances and the concert scene. Currently, TBMO performs mainly as a band.

Bholoja.jpg

Bholoja

Bholoja is a Swazi Soul musician from Swaziland. He is a local rising symbol of song art and culture. According to the young artist, Swazi tradition and way of life are his main artistic inspiration. His particular music brand, a version of Swazi Soul and African Pop, is gaining popularity in the south of the African continent, partly because of the performer’s amazing ability as a lyricist. Since his debut at House on Fire, Bholoja’s growing international appeal has allowed him to share the stage with artists such as Lokua Kanza and Tony Cox.

Msaki.jpg

Msaki

Singer, songwriter, composer, Msaki is a talented musician from East London, South Africa. She has also studied Visual Art and Design - it was actually during her studies that the composer formed her first music band. In 2013 the artist independently recorded and released an EP, Nal’ithemba, soon after which she released her debut album: Zaneliza: How the Water Moves. She has worked with artists such as Nduduzo Makhathini, Madala Kuene and Salif Keita.

Gontse.jpg

Gontse

Gontse Makhene is a Soweto born musician and percussionist with over 17 years’ of experience in the music industry. He is one of the founding members of Gontse Makhene Le Baagisane, Shabaka and the Ancestors, Manjik (Ancestors), Peanut Butter and Jam, Planet Lindela (2013) and the 2004 SAMA nominated Kwani Experience. On the other hand, conceived in the Mushroom Hour Half Hour lab, SPAZA is a band with no permanent personnel, with each lineup assembled for the express purpose of recording once-off improvised or workshopped material.

DECO-4.png
DECO-5.png
Djeudjoah and Lieutenant Nicholson.jpg

Djeudjoah and Lieutenant Nicholson

Gontse Makhene is a Soweto born musician and percussionist with over 17 years’ of experience in the music industry. He is one of the founding members of Gontse Makhene Le Baagisane, Shabaka and the Ancestors, Manjik (Ancestors), Peanut Butter and Jam, Planet Lindela (2013) and the 2004 SAMA nominated Kwani Experience. On the other hand, conceived in the Mushroom Hour Half Hour lab, SPAZA is a band with no permanent personnel, with each lineup assembled for the express purpose of recording once-off improvised or workshopped material.

DECO-5.png
cool-affair.jpg

Cool Affair

Cool Affair is a young South African producer, DJ and sound engineer who specializes in Electro Jazz, Broken Beat, Nu Jazz and also produces House music, World music, Afro beats and Instrumental Hip-Hop. He started experimenting with music as a young boy and started producing when he was 18 years old by mixing Soul, Jazz and Blues.

DECO-2.png

2lani the Warrior

2lani the Warrior has been called the man responsible for the South African Deep House movement. This south african DJ has been breaking down dance floors all over South African clubs since 1997. Director of three labels, “Do it now Recordings”, “DeepStitched Records” and “Music Basket”, 2lani the Warrior is best known for his featuring on the highly influential “Boiler Room” series.

Shamrock.jpg
DECO-4.png

Shamrock

One of the first DJs in his region to perform live house music while mixing and eventually playing the guitar - Shamrock Guitor is a Joburg-born bandleader and composer. As a DJ he is highly praised for seamlessly mixing deeply rooted African sound elements with house music and other club genres.  Records such as People of the Rain, Watch and African Music by African People fill the airwaves of the World Show on Kaya FM by award-winning DJ and educator NickyB. His studio album released through Peng Records (2019) is readily available on digital stores under the title Unapologetic African Sounds.

> Visit website

2lani the Warrior.jpg
Kaya_FM_(2013_Logo).gif

To listen

joburg flyer (3).png
joburg flyer (1).png
ConstitutionHill_logo_Stacked.jpg

Partners