During the year that our country celebrates 20 years of democracy and our continent celebrates the founding of the African Union, it seems only fitting that we celebrate this Africa Day with music. You can look forward to the Africa Day eKapa edition of City Hall Sessions, with the Ethiopian-inspired sounds of Imperial Tiger Orchestra, Ntombe Thongo from the rural Eastern Cape and Johannesburg-based vocalist Ringo Madlingozi. But what is Africa Day? And how do we understand the role of music in celebrating it?
A wave of liberation spread across Africa in the 1960s, when, one by one, former colonial states gained their independence. Africa Day marks this turning point for our continent’s history. On 25 May 1963, 32 leaders of new African nations convened in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa to found the Organisation of African Unity. Africa Day came to replace Africa Freedom Day, otherwise known as Africa Liberation Day held on 15 April, which commemorated the first Conference of Independent African States held in Ghana to forge greater interstate cooperation in the struggle against colonialism.
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This Africa Day, celebrate with music
with the Africa Day eKapa edition of City Hall Sessions. You can look forward to the Ethiopian-inspired sounds of Imperial Tiger Orchestra, Ntombe Thongo from the rural Eastern Cape and the multiple-award-winning Johannesburg-based vocalist, Ringo Madlingozi, who will be visiting his hometown of Cape Town for the celebrations.
The Africa Day eKapa edition of City Hall Sessions is held in collaboration with Creative Cape Town and jointly supported by the Cape Town Partnership, Making Music, the National Lotteries Board of South Africa and Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.
City Hall Sessions Africa Day eKapa tickets are available fromwww.webtickets.co.za
What: Afrika Day eKapa
Who: The Imperial Tiger Orchestra, Ntombe Thongo and Ringo Madlingozi in concert at the Cape Town City Hall
When: 19h30, 25 May 2014
Cost: R75 – R100 (buy tickets)