Remembering a musical icon

From 3 to 6 May 2018, Joburg City Theatres will honour the life of Hugh Masekela and his contributions to musical theatre in a celebration concert.

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Composer Hugh Masekela and lyricist Mbongeni Ngema at Broadway cast recording of Sarafina! in 1988

     A lot is known about South African music legend Hugh Masekela, but less is known of his love and contribution to musical theatre in South Africa. He was an integral force in the success of South Africa’s most successful international musical Sarafina!, which ran on Broadway from 1988 to 1989, with a parallel cast running in Europe and Australia. Yes, he later initiated a musical theatre revue called Songs of Migration, which was an audience and critical success and toured South African, Europe and the United States of America. His last theatrical offering was Gone Native: The Life and Times of Regina Brooks, which he initiated, composed, and was musical director.
     Joburg City Theatres will celebrate Hugh Masekela’s theatre music with a limited four-performance season at the Joburg Theatre Mandela Theatre from 3 to 6 May.
     The performances will be a dramatic tapestry of songs from Sarafina!, directed by Mbongeni Ngema, Songs of Migration, directed by James Ngcobo, and Gone Native: The Life and Times of Regina Brooks by Makhaola Ndebele.
     The theatrical casts will be joined by select eminent musicians who worked with Hugh Masekela, and will be backed by the original Hugh Masekela band members with whom he toured the world.
     It promises to be a celebration like no other….
     Date: 3 to 6 May
     Venue: The Nelson Mandela at Joburg Theatre Complex
     Ticket prices: R150 to R300
     Contact info: Box office on 011 877 6848 or www.joburgtheatre.com