Breaking racial barriers through music and sport

Original article on artlink.co.za 16 February 2017 | by  JT Communications Solutions

Sounds of Celebration IV concert at Emperors Palace on March 14 is themed Breaking Down Racial Barriers – “One Team. One Goal”.Sport has the power to inspire and unite people. Sport can create hope where there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.’ (Nelson Mandela)

Education Africa and Sydenham Shul proudly brings audiences Sounds of Celebration IV. This year’s concert themed ‘One Team. One Goal’ draws inspiration from the unity that can be achieved through sport. Over 150 passionate young performers will once again join each other on stage to bring listeners a unique musical offering. This feast of the senses unites talented South African youth and represents a wide range of cultures and instruments. Their performances celebrate our common humanity and use music as a medium to express their hope for a united tomorrow.

This concert brings to fruition the fourth consecutive year of the ‘Sounds of Celebration’ project in which NGO Education Africa has collaborated with Sydenham Shul to uplift disadvantaged communities around Johannesburg. The most recent of Education Africa’s 9 grassroots projects, the establishment of Marimba Hubs across Gauteng’s communities is amongst their most inspiring. Between 2013 and 2016, the Sounds of Celebration project opened 3 marimba hubs – at Ithute, in Alexandra, the Zama Montessori School, Daveyton and the Boys and Girls Club of Protea Glen. Proceeds of this year’s efforts will be used to open two new hubs – one in Hammanskraal and the other in the Boys and Girls Club in Bertrams – while continuing to sustain and expand the existing hubs.

Joan Lithgow, Education Africa’s visionary musical director has selected a team of remarkable musical talent. Audiences can look forward to much loved pieces that evoke significant sporting events and moments in history. These include among others, ‘Chariots of Fire’, ‘Barcelona’, ‘Waka Waka’, ‘World in Union’, ‘Eye of the Tiger’, ‘We are the Champions’, ‘Shosholoza’ and for the Liverpool fans, ‘You will never walk alone’. Instrumental performances include erhu, marimba, jazz band, Scottish pipes and drums, piano, steelband as well as violin. Choirs, monologue, rap, Vuyani dancers and Kung Fu displays are further treats in store. Performers include multi-instrumentalist Justin Wilman (UK), International singing sensation Choni G, Opera singer Neville Smith, the newly formed Boys and Girls Club Marimba Band as well as the Goede Hoop and Carter Primary School Marimba Bands, both of which have recently been presented with opportunities to perform overseas. Audience participation will also be required in a collaborative rendition of ‘Ole Ole Ole’.

As they have done previously, the organisers are presenting two matinees which are free of charge performed specifically for 2000 disadvantaged youth in the Gauteng area. These young learners will have the opportunity to hear talented peers perform in a world-class venue. An educational booklet, allied to the CAPS curriculum, has also been prepared and will be supplied to each child. The final performance, formally presented by the effervescent David Bloch, takes place on Tuesday 14 March at 19:45 and is open to the public. All performances take place at Emperors Palace, Theatre of Marcellus. Tickets are reasonably priced between R60 and R120.

Bookings at www.ticketpro.co.za or at CNA Norwood, Postnet Glenhazel and other selected outlets. For more information about the project and the concerts contact Education Africa 011 685 7300 or Sydenham Shul 011 640 5021.

As the great Olympic coach, Herb Brooks, said, “You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.” Join our talented artists and players and be captivated by their musical expression of ‘Unity through Sport’.

Participants include: Boys and girls club marimba band from Soweto, Carter Primary marimba band, Choni G and his band, Goede Hoop Primary marimba band, Jeppe High School for Boys Scottish pipe band, Justin Wilman, King David Linksfield High School jazz band, King David Linksfield Primary School marimba band, Neville Smith, SA Chinese Language Education Foundation School, Thami Ngwenya, Vuyani Dance Company, Wits Male Voice Choir under the direction of Dalene Hoogenhout, ‘Yachad’ Yeshiva Boys High School choir and Yan Yang.

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