Joburg Theatre will usher Africa Month with a heart-warming celebration of Hugh Masekela’s theatrical music in an exclusive four-performance season at Joburg Theatre from 36 May. 

As we celebrate Africa and Workers month, the late legend’s tribute will be a showcase of his best known songs and compositions. It will feature a contribution from his most loved collaborators and will shine a spotlight on South African talent.  

A lot is known about South African music legend Hugh Masekela, but less about his affection and contribution to musical theatre in South Africa.

His last theatrical offering known to South Africans is Gone Native: The Life and Times of Regina Brooks, which he musically directed, initiated and composed. It was staged successfully at the Soweto Theatre in 2017.

The performances taking place this May will  include a melodic and dramatic tapestry of songs from Sarafina!, directed by Mbongeni Ngema, Songs of Migration, directed by James Ngcobo, and Gone Native: The Life and Times of Regina Brooks directed by Makhaola Ndebele.

The theatrical cast will be joined by select eminent musicians who worked with Bra Hugh and will be backed by the original Masekela band members with whom he toured the world.

As we celebrate Worker’s Month, ‘Stimela’ will highlight the plight of mine workers in our country and celebrate the good spirit of all who work to contribute to the development of South Africa, and to all who wake up each morning, we will say ‘Thuma Mina’ as a contribution into helping build a united nation.

This promises to be a celebration like no other!.

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