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!”
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)