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Assupol Township Tour Postponed


House of Masekela
Press Release

Johannesburg, South Africa — Due to unpredictable circumstances, Semopa Entertainment, Assupol and Hilltop Live regret to inform that the Hugh Masekela performance scheduled for the Soweto Cricket Oval on Sunday 16 December 2012, has been postponed.

The venue’s parking area and adjacent field were the subject of a double booking at municipal level and this administrative misfortune has caused us to reconsider the event.

As we do not wish to compromise the safety of our audience and smooth running of our event, we have decided to reschedule the concert for the first weekend in March 2013. (Full details with new lineup to be announced in mid – January 2013).

Any tickets already bought through Computicket will be fully refunded. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused, but we look forward to hosting everyone at the re-scheduled event in 2013.

For further information please contact

PR Manager
Helga Klizanie
084 400 3003


Artist Management
Josh Georgiou
082 881 8565

Rolling Stone Reviews Friends

Photograph by Jennifer Wheatley/Geotribe

Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis: Friends – Review

Rolling Stone
Miles Keylock

Rolling Stone: 4 Stars

“We all do ‘do, re, mi’, but you have to find the other notes yourself,” advised Louis Armstrong. Bra Hugh’s been exploring those other notes since Satchmo sent him his first horn back in the ’50s. After six decades spent trying to prove his so-called jazz credentials to tone-deaf critics, Masekela’s finally smiling. At 73, he doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone. But here he is, hooking up with longtime buddy Larry Willis to swing through a set of 40 straight-ahead jazz standards. That’s right: a four-CD set. And damn, do Masekela and Willis swing. The opening quartet disc featuring Victor Masondo (bass) and Leroy Sauls (drums) eases the listener straight into the sentimental mood with a lilting rendition of “Body and Soul” and a groovelaced take on Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island” prepping the path for a “’Round Midnight” reading of Thelonious’ “Monk’s Mood”. The rest of the triple play is a chance for Hughie and Larry to celebrate their love for the Great American Songbook – from breathtakingly beautiful ballad improvisations (Gershwin’s “I Loves You Porgy”, Ellington’s “Come Sunday”) and sprightly call-and-response conversations (“The Days of Wine and Roses”) to old-timey Tin Pan Alley folk croons (Hoagy Cramichael’s “Rocking Chair”). Of course, Hugh isn’t just any horn man. He knows what pops. So he woos the ladies with a muted Miles-style makeover of Michel Legrand’s Thomas Crown Affair theme come-on “The Windmills of Your Mind”. Then completes the consummation by bleeding the melody from Bread’s ’70s soft-rock smash “If” into Sammy Cahn and Charlie Chaplin’s “Until the Real Thing Comes Along”!

Bra Hugh Masekela Nominated For a Grammy


Bra Hugh Masekela Nominated For a Grammy
Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Kanye West earn six nods apiece

Rolling Stone

Legendary South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela has been nominated for a Grammy for his 2010 album Jabulani in the best world music category.

The Black Keys scored five nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Wednesday night, and singer Dan Auerbach earned a sixth, putting him among a crowded field of artists with six nods each, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons and fun.

It’s a strong showing for the Black Keys, who released their seventh album, El Camino, last December. The duo’s LP is up for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album, while their song “Lonely Boy” is nominated for Record of the Year, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. Auerbach is also nominated for non-classical Producer of the Year for his work on El Camino and albums by Dr. John and Hacienda.

New York indie-pop band fun. and R&B singer Ocean will face off against the Keys with nominations for Record of the Year and Album of the Year, and against each other for Best New Artist, where Alabama Shakes, the Lumineers and Hunter Hayes are also contenders. Mumford & Sons’ Babel and Jack White’s Blunderbuss round out the Album of the Year contenders, along with fun.’s Some Nights and Ocean’s Channel Orange.

Along with Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You” and fun.’s “We Are Young,” the other nominees for Record of the Year, an artist’s award, are Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger,” Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” and Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” “We Are Young” and “Stronger” are also nominated for Song of the Year, a songwriter’s award. They’ll vie against Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call MeMaybe,” Miguel’s “Adorn” and Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team.”

Jay-Z and West’s 2011 album Watch the Throne yielded nominations in Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “N***as in Paris,” and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “No Church in the Wild” (which accounts for another of Ocean’s nods). West will compete against himself in Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance: his song “Mercy” is nominated in each.

Along with El Camino, the other Best Rock Album nominees are Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto, Muse’s The 2nd Law, Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball and White’s Blunderbuss. Springsteen and White earned three nominations each.

The nominees were announced on Wednesday night during the Grammy Nominations Concert Live in Nashville, where the Who, Maroon 5, Ne-Yo, and fun. performed. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS on February 10th, 2013. Nominees in the major categories are below. The full list is at

Album of the Year

El Camino – The Black Keys

Some Nights – Fun.

Babel – Mumford & Sons

Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

Blunderbuss – Jack White

Record of the Year

“Lonely Boy” – The Black Keys

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson

“We Are Young” – Fun., featuring Janelle Monáe

“Somebody That I Used To Know” – Gotye, featuring Kimbra

“Thinkin Bout You” – Frank Ocean

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift

Best New Artist

Alabama Shakes


Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean

Song of the Year

“The A Team” – Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)

“Adorn” – Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)

“Call Me Maybe” – Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen and Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin and Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)

“We Are Young” – Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun., featuring Janelle Monáe)

Jabulani Grammy Nomination


Hugh Masekela Nominated for a Grammy® –
“Best World Music” Category for his 2010 Album “Jabulani”

Press Release

Legendary Jazz-Icon Hugh Masekela has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best World Music Album” category for the album “Jabulani”- Produced and arranged by Don Laka,& released through the Gallo Record Company label in South Africa and Razor & Tie Records in the USA.

The critically acclaimed release “Jabulani” was recorded in Johannesburg in 2010, and features a selection of traditional African weddings songs that were re-interpreted by Masekela, and includes the hit single and video “Sossie” as well as the live favourite “Makoti”.

It has been over 30 years since Masekela received his first Grammy® nomination for “Grazin’ In The Grass” in 1968.

“Wow! This is most unexpected, – I’m baffled and humbled at the same time” says Masekela

Masekela has released 43 albums since his career began in the mid – 50’s & has recorded and performed with some of the worlds most celebrated artists including the late great Miriam Makeba, Paul Simon, U2, Fela Kuti, The Crusaders (Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper), The Byrds, The Mahotella Queens, Herb Alpert, Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Manu Dibango to name a few.

Masekela is nominated alongside Amadou & Miriam, Daniel Ho, Anoushka Shankar & Ravi Shankar for “Best World Music Album” category for the 2013 Grammy® Awards to be held February 10th 2013.

Download Hugh Masekela “Jabulani” on ITunes

For further information please contact:

Artist Management:
Josh Georgiou
082 881 8565

Gallo Record Company:
Neil Greenberg
Tel: 011 280 5763

Assupol Presents Hugh Masekela Live Township Tour

Assupol Presents the Legendary Hugh Masekela’s Township Tour

House Of Masekela
Press Release

Celebrated trumpeter and world-class artist Hugh Masekela will, this December, bring his music home to the very humble beginnings that shaped his upbringing and gave rise to his musical career.

In partnership with Assupol, one of South Africa’s oldest insurance companies, the award-winning artist will kick off his regional township tour with two concerts, featuring music from his brand new release, “Playing @ Work”, as well as the old favourites that he’s famous for.

On 9 December Masekela kicks off this musical extravaganza at the 3 Square Grounds, Alexandra. This performance marks a very important and sentimental moment in Masekela’s career.

“It fills my heart with such heavy emotion to be taking my music back to where it started. There’s a lot of historical significance to this. Music was the life and soul of the townships. It gave people hope and an avenue to express themselves and address socio-political ills of the time. Music was everything,” says Masekela.

Although he was born in Witbank, Bra Hugh spent his formative years in Alex, and this is where he discovered his love for music and began his association with Archbishop Trevor Huddleston. After 50 years touring the world’s stages, Sun 9 December will mark the first time that this international icon has performed in his childhood stomping ground. It will be a momentous occasion indeed.

Following the Alex performance, Masekela will move on to Soweto, where he will perform at the historic Soweto Cricket Oval in Rockville on Sunday 16 December.

Assupol Marketing Executive, Velmah Nzembela says the fact that Masekela’s music still resonates in South Africa and around the world after more than 50 years is a sign of its resilience and his ability to adapt to changing times.

Hugh Masekela’s music and persona serve as bridge between the generation that imbibed mbaqanga and kwela music in yesteryear and the current one that feeds on Afro-pop and African language hip-hop.

Nzembela adds that Assupol sees this collaboration as a beginning of its drive to deepen the brand in communities where its policyholders are found. “What better way to do this than to use the universal language of music by an icon of Masekela’s stature.

Bra Hugh will be joined on stage by two of his protégés at both concerts, namely Pu2Ma and the Complete Vocal Quartet – as well as support artists Condry Ziqubu in Alexandra and Khaya Mahlangu in Soweto.

Both township dates promise to be fun-filled family occasions with proceedings kicking off at 13h00 – and picnic baskets, blankets and dancing under the sun will be the order of the day.

Tickets are R120 presale, and R150 at the gate and are available from Computicket[], Shoprite and Checkers.

This concert is made possible by Assupol and supported by Soweto TV, Alex FM and Jozi FM.


Bra Hugh and The Big Issue

Photograph by Brett Rubin; Cover Art courtesy of The Big Issue

SA’s top talent join the fight against poverty and unemployment: Top names in South African literature, photography, poetry, illustration and cartooning support The Big Issue vendors

The Big Issue
Melany Bendix

Photograph by Brett Rubin; Cover Art courtesy of The Big Issue

Sixty of South Africa’s top talent have joined the fight against poverty and unemployment this festive season by contributing work pro bono to The Big Issue’s 2012/2013 Collector’s Edition.

All 60 contributors submitted work under the theme of “My Big Issue” to create the bumper 92-page edition, printed on high quality paper and featuring the legendary flugelhornist, singer and defiant political voice Hugh Masekela on the cover.

The weighty edition boasts a large number of the “who’s who” in South African literary, cartooning, photography, illustration and poetry circles, including Nadine Gordimer, Max du Preez, Ben Trovato, Zapiro, David Bullard, Jodi Bieber, Antjie Krog, Terry Crawford-Browne, Eusebius McKaiser and Damon Galgut, to name but a few.

It also features a full complement of up-and-coming talent, such as Shubnum Khan, Hasan and Husain Essop, Leonie Joubert, Osiame Molefe, Jen Thorpe, David wa Maahlamela and Dorothy Black (full list below).

“For the third year running we’ve been overwhelmed and very humbled by the incredible support we’ve had from South Africa’s best talent. Every one of them gave selflessly of their time and talent to make this special edition possible,” said Melany Bendix, editor of The Big Issue.

The Big Issue is usually sold for R20 with vendors earning 50% of the cover price. By increasing the cover price to R30 for the 2012/2013 Collector’s Edition, vendors earn R15 for every copy sold and are thereby able earn their own year-end bonus.

“Without the commitment of the 60 esteemed contributors, the 2012/2013 Collector’s Edition would not have been possible and our 350-plus vendors would not have been able to earn their own year-end bonus. It would have been a very bleak Christmas otherwise, and we thank all contributors for their support.”

In addition to earning more per magazine sold, Bendix also expects vendors to sell far more copies than usual.

“Both the 2010 and 2011 Collector’s Editions, featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela with 33 and 50 contributors respectively, were record sellers. As such, we are confident the 2012/2013 edition featuring yet another South African icon and even more contributors will also be a hit.”

The 2012/2013 Collector’s Edition will be available from vendors at pitches throughout the Cape Town CBD and the greater Cape Town area from November 23 to January 25, 2013 — or while stocks last.

Readers outside Cape Town won’t, however, be left out of the loop. “We had a large number of requests for the Collector’s Edition from other provinces and abroad in 2010 and 2011, so this year we have a plan to get it to all corners of South Africa, and the globe in a way which will still benefit our vendors,” said Bendix. “Watch this space for the big announcement in early December.”

2012/2013 Collector’s Edition contributors A-Z:

Africartoons, Diane Awerbuck, Jodi Bieber, Dorothy Black, Sebastian Borckenhagen, Jason Bronkhorst, David Bullard, Christopher Clark, Terry Crawford-Browne, Araminta de Clermont, Mandy de Waal, Max du Preez, Hasan Essop, Husain Essop, Retha Ferguson, Damon Galgut, Brenton Geach, Dave Gomersall, Nadine Gordimer, Keith Gottschalk, Joanne Hichens, Nadine Hutton, Karen Jayes, Natasha Johnson, Leonie Joubert, Shubnum Khan, Rustum Kozain, Antije Krog, Theo Krynauw, Duncan Larkin, Nomusa Makhubu, Hugh Masekela, Eusebius Mckaiser, Eric Miller, Osiame Molefe, croc E moses, Jeremy Nell, Justin Plunkett, Lindeka Qampi, Karin Retief, Sergio Rinquest, Beverly Rycroft, Brett Rubin, Justin Sholk, Lisa Skinner, Jacques Strauss, Brent Stirton, Simon Tamblyn, Lisa Thompson, Gavin Thomson, Jen Thorpe, Andre Trantraal, Nathan Trantraal, Ben Trovato, Gerhard van Wyk, Michaela Verity, David wa Maahlamela, James Whyle, ZA News, Zapiro

About The Big Issue:

The Big Issue creates jobs for unemployed, homeless and socially marginalised adults. As one of the longest running and most sustainable NGOs, The Big Issue has helped more than 17 000 vendors to earn a combined income of approximately R19 million since 1996 and assisted many to move into formal employment and further education (for more information on the social development and job creation programme, visit

Bra Hugh Supports Oliver Mtukudzi

One Night in Africa - Oliver Mtukudzi and Friends

Bra Hugh Supports Oliver Mtukudzi as the Legend Celebrates his 60th Birthday in Concert

Press Release

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One Night in Africa – Oliver Mtukudzi and Friends

Featuring guest appearances by: Hugh Masekela, Judith Sephuma, Steve Dyer and Siphokhazi


Live Performance by Zahara

Presented by:

DStv, Kaya Fm and Carnival City. A Breakout Management Production

Living legend Oliver Mtukudzi celebrates his 60th birthday year at Carnival City on the 2nd November. No stranger to the South African music scene Oliver’s 60th birthday coincides with the release of his 60th studio album, ‘Sarawoga’.

Few musical legends have achieved the kind of regional and international status as Oliver has. From the front cover of time magazine to his appointment as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, Mtukudzi’s fame, stage craft and music prowess are legendary.

To celebrate these two incredible milestones Oliver invites all of his fans to his first performance in Johannesburg for 2012 for his 60th birthday performance which promises to be something very special as he invites his musical friends to guest with him on stage throughout the 120 minute performance. Stars such Judith Sephuma, Hugh Masekela, Siphokazi and Steve Dyer will join Oliver on stage for select songs as he plays the hits from a lifetime in music.

As one legend surveys his achievements and lifetime of music another legend emerges from the wings. Zahara who needs no introduction has arrived on the South African and international scene with a song and a drive that has left all others in her dust. Honoured to be on the same bill as Oliver as he celebrates his 60th birthday the show celebrates one legend and welcomes another into the spotlight as their lifetime in music begins.

Another ‘birthday’ worth noting is the one year anniversary of the launch of the One Night in Africa Series.

DStv were there one year ago for the inaugural concert at Carnival City in October 2011. The country’s leading cable brand, have a keen an eye for talent and entertainment brand building. The series that hosts hometown musical heroes and in this case legends has struck a chord with the DStv audience and who’s continued support of the brand has meant that it continues to grow and evolve into an event property that is synonymous with high end production value, musical collaborations and performances not to be missed.

It was the break away hit ‘Todii’ that cemented a love affair and relationship that has lasted almost two decades. Kaya Fm were the first radio station in the country to highlight the massive talent to the north of our borders by breaking the now well known single ‘Todii’. Kaya Fm have helped make Oliver a household name in South Africa and it was Oliver’s music that stuck resonance with Kaya’s commitment to quality African music that played a part in the development of Kaya’s massive audience and market share.

These relationships have been written in the stars by the stars.

Songs of Migration Washington Post Review

In Hugh Masekela’s ‘Songs of Migration,’ a fantastic voyage

The Washington Post
Celia Wren

Photography Courtesy of The Kennedy Center
Photography Courtesy of The Kennedy Center

Hugh Masekela’s trumpet becomes a mining drill in “Songs of Migration,” the tuneful, quietly stirring musical tribute running through this Saturday at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater.

True, the internationally renowned musician’s horn does not literally transform into a piece of machinery. But as Masekela discusses the laborers who have historically traveled from far-flung regions to toil in South Africa’s mines, he pumps his trumpet as though it were a drill chipping away at rock. When he refers to the miners’ daily descent underground, he lets the word “deep” ring out for several seconds, in an anguished, falling cry.

Masekela’s salvos of showmanship are among the chief pleasures of “Songs of Migration,” conceived by Masekela with South African director James Ngcobo and written and directed by Ngcobo. Interweaving songs with snippets of storytelling, bits of stage business and a hint of dance, the production evokes the lives and musical legacy of migrant workers in late-19th-century Southern Africa. But the perspective ranges in space and time, too, encompassing a few traditional African American songs (“Rail Road,” “Hush”) and even sampling “Look to the Rainbow” (from “Finian’s Rainbow”) and “My Yiddishe Momme” for a broader meditation on diaspora and the hope, disappointment, homesickness, frustration and resilience that it unleashes.

A five-person band sits onstage at the heart of the show, which also stars the celebrated South African singer Sibongile Khumalo. (“Songs of Migration” first ran at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre and is now produced by Sibojama Theatre.)

In the opening moments, a small ensemble — including four terrific male vocalists from the a cappella group Complete — scurries out from the wings and snatches up suitcases stationed across the stage. Dancing gently in place, suitcases swinging, the performers conjure up a street in a busy African city. Later, they turn the suitcases into drums; later still, they churn their arms like railroad engine pistons in the lead-up to Masekela’s well-known train-themed song “Stimela.”

Amid such theatrical touches, the show’s two headliners take frequent moments in the spotlight. When he’s not playing his trumpet, the elderly Masekela — dressed in black, with a purple jacket — often breaks into gentle but exuberant dance, knees bent, hips shimmying, feet gliding in a delicate soft-shoe. Khumalo, looking stately in colored dresses with matching head scarves, does some mellifluous singing. But she acts and tells stories, too. In a speech that highlights the close connections between sound, emotion and memory, she reminisces about the street noises she heard growing up in Soweto, for instance. And in an amusing sequence, as the ensemble sings its way through an upbeat ditty, Masekela pretends to be a tipsy township resident getting too friendly with the ladies, and Khumalo quells him with an icy stare.

Now wistful, now buoyant in tone, “Songs of Migration” brims with universal concerns: the anxiety caused by separation from friends and loved ones; the problems of unemployment and worker exploitation; the difficulty of adjusting to a new environment; loneliness. But specific references to South Africa’s past surface, too: At one point in the show, performers briefly hold up signs referring to the 1955 Freedom Charter and to the notorious Sharpeville Massacre, for instance. Theatergoers versed in the history of Masekela’s homeland might be best positioned to appreciate these references.

Still, “Songs of Migration” is principally a trove of music, plus an irresistible leading man. Mining imagery notwithstanding, it’s the sound, and Masekela’s charisma, that run deep here.

Songs of Migration Washington Post Interview

Jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela honors his homeland in ‘Songs of Migration’

Washington Post
Erin Williams

Photograph courtesy of The Kennedy Center
Photograph courtesy of The Kennedy Center

The journey of migrant workers to Johannesburg in Africa at the end of the 19th century is being brought to life through music by renowned trumpeter Hugh Masekela.

The 73-year-old gained fame in the 1960s with his jazz renditions of pop music favorites, including the easy-breezy hit “Grazing in the Grass.” Now, with the help of director James Ngcobo and singer Sibongile Khumalo, Masekela is presenting “Songs of Migration” at The Kennedy Center Oct. 17 through Oct. 20.

Taking a break from rehearsals in London, Masakela talked about migrating from Africa to the United States, his love for fellow South African performer Miriam Makeba and how music can transcend any language barrier.

What is it about songs that best tell the story of migrant workers?

    In South Africa, migration was caused by wars — wars and famine and conquest. People’s lands were taken away, and minerals were discovered, mostly in Johannesburg. And everybody came to Johannesburg, not just from South Africa, but from the surrounding countries — central Africa, southern Africa and eastern Africa. Mining people came from Europe, from America, from South America, and it became a very cosmopolitan migrant labor city. There’s many songs of longing for home. There’s songs of longing for loved ones. There’s songs about the difficulties of life in Johannesburg, about the sordid squalor that the miners have to work in, just like the difficulty of life in a big city…It’s choral songs. Some come from popular recordings, some come from war, some come from just folk songs — you know, love songs and songs of longing.

You were born and raised in South Africa, but it was an American that inspired you to play trumpet in the first place. How did that happen?

    It was a film [Young Man With A Horn], but it was many things because I grew up with a gramophone. I’ve been a musician since I was an infant, and I grew up by the gramophone. So by the time I got to play the trumpet, I was a walking anthology of everything that was ever recorded that came out of gramophones in South Africa…and cowboy music. We went to the movies all the time, and we listened to everybody. I wasn’t a special person, I was just obsessed with music.

You traveled abroad to further your music education and attended the Manhattan School of Music. Was it difficult being away from home?

    We have major community and family and clan support when you grow up in the townships, but to be alone in New York is one of the saddest and loneliest things, especially when you’re poor. Every student is poor, unless they come from a wealthy home. Many of us left South Africa physically, but our spirits remained there. We never thought we’d go back, so we settled in our minds that we’re going to spend the rest of our lives overseas.

You were married to Miriam Makeba for a short time and collaborated on music projects with her. Since she died in 2008, do you still think about her when you get ready to perform or create new music?

    We’ve actually toured a Miriam Makeba tribute here in Europe, and with Sibojama Theatre…we’re just going to churn out musicals and one of the musical we’re working on is Miriam Makeba’s life. Miriam Makeba is like Louis Armstrong. They just stay with you, and some people don’t die, they just live forever. And she’s one of those people.

How do you want “Songs of Migration” to be perceived?

    As artists, we want people to be turned on, but they have to have their own interpretation. There’s no way to dictate how people should perceive something. It’s a seamless show…there’s music…and stories, and different singers. I really can’t describe it, but when you see it, I think you’ll want to write again about it.

Songs of Migration International Tour

Songs of Migration International Tour: Amsterdam, London, Washington DC and Cape Town

House of Masekela Press Release

Photograph by Ruphin Coudyzer
Photograph by Ruphin Coudyzer

Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo and the multi-talented cast of the acclaimed Songs of Migration kicked off their international tour last weekend at the Royal Theatre Carre in Amsterdam.

Songs of Migration is a musical tribute to the cultural contribution of late–19th century migrants from across the African continent, created by and featuring internationally acclaimed trumpeter, composer, and lyricist Hugh Masekela and written and directed by James Ngcobo. In this celebration of song and dance, the same dusty streets, settlement camps, and train cars that sometimes separated families echo with the centuries of indigenous sounds that helped hold a patchwork culture together. Songs of Migration commemorates and rejoices in the way in which the promise of gold and the search for a better life brought together a continent ‘s worth of music, traditional costumes, instruments, songs, ceremonies, and dance.

Featuring songs by the likes of Joseph Shabalala, Dorothy Masuka, Miriam Makeba, Mackay Davashe, Victor Ndlazilwane, Gibson Kente and Masekela himself, among many others, this cleverly designed show is filled with raw emotion, joyful exuberance and passionate storytelling.

“A musical homecoming…an attempt to reclaim what apartheid suppressed.”
–The New York Times

Songs of Migration saw critical acclaim over 3 runs at the historical Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa, and had audiences singing along, crying, and dancing in the aisles.

Sibojama Theatre has now taken on the task of carrying this powerful piece beyond the borders of the ‘City of Gold’ and bringing a wealth of history, heritage, stories and music to audiences around the world.

The tour continued this week with performances at the iconic Hackney Empire in London and will soon grace the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town. For more information on venues, dates and ticket sales go to our Tour Dates page.