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A musical tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela

Cape Town Opera (CTO), in association with Wales Millennium Centre, joins Naspers and Artscape to celebrate the Mandela Centenary with two concert performances of the widely travelled Mandela Trilogy at the Artscape Opera House.

Mandela Trilogy     Thato Machona, Musanete Sakupwanya and Aubrey Lodewyk star as Mandela, with Philisa Sibeko and Siphamandla Yakupa sharing the role of the late, lamented Winnie Mandela. Cecilia Rangwanasha joins the cast as Mandela’s mother, with Fleur du Cap winner Edith Plaatjies making her CTO debut as Dolly.
     CTO Associate Music Director Tim Murray returns to lead the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) through Van Dijk and Campbell’s rousing score, which he has conducted to great acclaim in cities including London, Dubai, Ravenna and Hong Kong. Mandela Trilogy is a truly home-brewed production that highlights the unique and forceful sound of the African voice and employs a unique fusion of traditional Xhosa songs, jazz tunes and modern music in honour of one of the world’s most inspiring statesmen.
     The work consists of three acts – an encounter with traditional rural music, a jazz musical and an opera – representing the diversity of expression in contemporary South Africa. Composers, Peter Louis van Dijk, Mike Campbell and librettist, Michael Williams, collaborated to musically identify and complement different phases of Mandela’s life, providing three singers with an opportunity to portray the complex aspects of his personality.

Mandela Trilogy is a truly home-brewed production that highlights the unique and forceful sound of the African voice and employs a unique fusion of traditional Xhosa songs, jazz tunes and modern music in honour of one of the world’s most inspiring statesmen

     Van Dijk explores Mandela’s teenage years, setting the first act in rural Qunu, culminating in the young man’s initiation into adulthood and his decision to leave his village for the bright lights of Johannesburg. The jazz musical of the second act – Sophiatown Rising – was composed by Mike Campbell. The vibrant life of 1950s Sophiatown falls under the shadow of the apartheid security forces. The Jig Club dance hall frequented by Mandela is closed down, and its guests are forced to relocate their homes to ever-impoverished and distant townships.
     The final act is composed as a powerful contemporary opera, music by Peter Louis Van Dijk, on themes of revolution, incarceration and freedom. Mandela Trilogy made its European premiere at the Wales Millennium Centre on 18 June 2012 and has since enjoyed successful tours abroad.

Book and Lyrics: Michael Williams | Score: Peter Louis van Dijk and Mike Campbell | Conductor: Tim Murray | Director: Michael Williams | Revival Director: Alan Swerdlow | Lighting Designer: Kobus Rossouw | Video Designer: Kirsti Cummings | Choreographer: Sibonakaliso Ndaba

For corporate package bookings, contact Tracy Cahill at tcahill@webafrica.org.za. Tickets prices: R280 | R200 | R130.

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