In the spirit of Mandela Day on 18 July, a group of young Masidlale musicians will give 67 minutes of music in remembrance of the late, great South African leader.
Taking place at the Lingelethu Community Centre in Khayelitsha, Masidlale has also invited members from the Ikamva Labantu Senior Citizens Centre in Harare Khayelitsha and members from the Gugulethu Older People’s Forum to join them. The aim of the concert is to bridge the generational gap and to take classical music to people in the townships.
Sharing the stage with the Masidlale musicians will be African traditional music artist, Nomapostile Nyiki and the Gugulethu Older People’s Forum Choir. These performances will celebrate the music genre the audience know and love, while the Masidlale performers will introduce the audience to new sounds and the classic music genre.
‘I have always wanted to perform for the elderly in our communities, it is very rare to find our grandparents in theatres and taking the music to them is such a beautiful gesture.’Nomapostile Nyiki
The concert aims to not only entertain and educate the elderly about classical music, but to allow Masidlale learners to interact with the elderly of the community in a safe space. ‘We hope that after this performance learners will start visiting senior citizen clubs in their communities more often,’ says Noliswe Monica Dadase, interim Masidlale manager.
The concert will take place at 12:30 on 18 July 2022 at the Lingelethu Community Centre in Khayelitsha.