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WORLD-renowned trumpeter and flugelhorn player will bless theatre audiences at the Market Theatre with a production that sketches the history of musical evolution in the country.
Called Songs of Migration, the musical was co-created with playwright James Ngcobo, who also doubles as director.
Based on the original State Theatre production, the show traces South Africa's musical evolution over the past 100 years.
The musical features the soulful musical powerhouse Sibongile Khumalo.
The story is simple and straightforward. After the discovery of minerals in Gauteng and other parts of South Africa during the late 19th century, indigenous people started to migrate to the towns that had emerged out of mining operations. These migrants brought with them their music, traditional costumes, musical instruments, songs, ceremonies and dance.
The prospects of work in a community where citizens could afford to pay to have a good time drew musicians to the rapidly growing "golden city" of Johannesburg.
They left their ancestral homes and gathered in this cosmopolitan town - assembling an extraordinary mass of musical talent.
Songs of Migration rewinds the tape and tells stories about South African music and history, and promotes African music and dance. The production includes scenes on the train that was seen as a separator of lovers, breaking up families as it moved raw materials to and from the ports.
This show celebrates the musicians who captured this journey in song. It features songs by Mackay Davashe, Joseph Shabalala, Victor Ndlazilwane, Gibson Kente, Hugh Masekela, Dorothy Masuka and Miriam Makeba. The musical director is Ezbie Moilwa, the choreographer is Greg Maqoma and the leading dancer is Lulu Mlangeni.