Concerts, Collaborations & Local Market
A UNIQUE LINE UP :
Featuring acclaimed artists from the USA, France and Southern Africa coming together for the first time on stage :
The Brother Moves On (SA) “Freedom Songs Project’’ Feat. Msaki (SA), Gontse Makhene (SA) , Malcolm Jiyane (SA), Bholoja (SZ) and students from the 'Morris Isaacson Centre for Music’...
It will also be the first appearance of Raashan Ahmad (USA) in South Africa, who has worked with Blackalicious, Jurassic 5, (The Roots), Aloe Blacc, Nicola Conte …
We will also welcome the return of the Paris-based dynamic duo Djeuhdjoah and Lieutenant Nicholson (FR) who will present their new album and extend the collaboration they started in 2019 with Cool Affair (SA) SA’s ‘Prince of Nu-Jazz and breakbeats’ - this time performing together live !
DJ SET including:
NickyB (Kaya959), 2lani the Warrior, Shamrock Guitor…
Locrate Market :
Soweto’s famous market will present 15 stalls with delicious food and local arts and crafts for a day of fun and culture !
Freedom Songs Project
Artists will honor the South African "musical revolution" with "Freedom Songs"
An event Musically directed by Siyabonga Mthembu and Mthunzi Mvubu
Historically, music has played an integral role in addressing injustice, asserting human rights and offering hope, particularly in troubled countries and during times of revolution. Artists have long used their art and platform(s) as a reflection and representation of their people’s plight.
In South Africa, struggle songs have played a major political role and Hugh Masekela once described the country’s journey to liberation as a ‘musical revolution’.
During these challenging times, both politically and due to the Covid pandemic, artists are once again using their voices to express the sentiments of the people and/or encourage hope, resilience and healing.
For this event, we bring together some of Africa’s finest, alongside guests from the US and France, for a unique collaboration exploring Freedom Songs from the Past, Present and Future. ‘The Brother Moves On’, an eclectic and barrier-breaking musical art ensemble from Johannesburg, will perform as the backdrop for guest appearances from acclaimed artists. These guests include the powerful, poignant, South African singer-songwriter from the Eastern Cape, Msaki, as well as Swaziland’s Bholoja and his evocative voice and soulful-folk guitar playing. The conscious Hip-Hop and spoken word artist from US, Raashan Ahmad will also join them, as will both members of the Paris-based dynamic duo DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson, as well as students from Soweto’s iconic institution, the 'Morris Isaacson Centre for Music’ and more….
‘Freedom Songs’ will be musically directed by Siyabonga Mthembu and Mthunzi Mvubu, both highly regarded for their experience as musicians, collaborators and creative-innovators. All the artists involved in this surely historical performance are committed, each in their own way, to community building and connecting with people… so they’ve been chosen to create as a collective, to re-interpret freedom songs from the archives and/or create new ones.
PNYH will partner with IFAS on this event
“…we have now, more-than-ever, the responsibility to build today for a better tomorrow!”
The Brother Moves On feat Bholoja (SZ), Raashan Ahmad (USA), Malcolm Jiyane (SA), Students from ‘Morris Isaacson Centre for Music’ [Soweto], Gontse from SPAZA (SA)
Djeudjoah and Lieutenant Nicholson (FR) feat Cool Affair (SA)
Connecting artists of all generations :
The Morris Isaacson Centre for Music (MICM) : who they are
The Morris Isaacson Centre for Music (MICM) is an independent music institution located on one of the most historically important schools in South Africa, the Morris Isaacson High School. The high school was a key location during the 1976 June 16 Soweto uprisings and produced a significant number of Soweto’s professional and political elite for fifty years.
Youngsters and experienced artists will be able to share while performing.
16 kids from the Morris Isaacson Centre for Music (MICM) will performing for the Freedom Songs project!
MICM has been providing world-class formal music education to the children of Soweto from early childhood development level to the final year of high school since 2012. MICM uses music education as a tool for human development, and activity is provided as an after-school program to the children of Soweto. We are very excited to be sharing this experience with them, we know our values connect us.