Hugh Masekela and
20 Years of Freedom
March 11, 2015
Two South African musical ambassadors and freedom fighters, singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela and trumpeter/vocalist Hugh Masekela, join forces for a celebration of 20 years of democracy in their homeland, performing music of the anti-apartheid movement with a stellar backing band. For the first time, Mahlasela's warm, powerful voice meets Masekela's clarion trumpet in songs that are "optimistic and soulful, delivered with an intensity that captures the attention and embraces the heart" (Los Angeles Times).
A Letter to Nelson Mandela
Thu, Mar 12
Directed by Khalo Matabane
The film explores how diverse global leaders interpret Nelson Mandela's message of freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation. Trying to avoid the danger of a single true story, the film combines Khalo Matabane's personal reflections with the thoughts of the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, Joachim Gauck or Arundhati Roy as well as artists, thinkers and activists from around the globe. A discussion with the director will follow the screening.
South Africa After Mandela
Fri, Mar 13
South Africa recently marked the twentieth anniversary of its first democratic elections and the momentous passage of one of the great leaders who made this political transition possible, Nelson Mandela. This symposium features key voices from the generation of South Africans who have come of age in a post-apartheid world.
Program notes are available online. [PDF]
Hugh Masekela: Grazing In The Grass (2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-off Concert)
Vusi Mahlasela: Say Africa (2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-off Concert)