Renowned South African guitarist Billy Monama brings the audience closer to the past to help reimagine the future during Heritage Month in September when he joins a number of legendary South African artists like Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Judith Sepuma and Titi Luzipo live on stage in Johannesburg.
During a one-night-only limited-tickets concert called Mayibuye iAfrika: The Freedom Songs, Monama presents a musical journey and conversation between two generations of ancestral artists, finally culminating in a reminder of what makes South African music resonate deeply with Africans and the rest of the world.
In two parts, the event pays homage to a first exile generation of indomitable composers and a second exile generation of musicians.
Part one comprises of choral freedom songs from the earliest compositions recorded by ANC exiles in what was called Tanganyika, now Tanzania. The fresh arrangement features work by Vuyisile Mini, Zinakele Nkaba and Wilson Khayingo.