Vukani Mawethu Choir Sunday, May 1, 4:00 pm
- Nonprofit multiracial choir Vukani Mawethu raise their 25-strong voices
in a 25th anniversary celebration concert benefiting AIDS projects.
These "lusty angels who belt out activist messages" (Oakland Magazine)
express their love of the rhythms and melodies grown out of centuries of
struggles for emancipation in a repertoire including Southern African
freedom songs, traditional spirituals, and civil rights anthems.
James Madhlope Phillips, the late African National Congress union and
cultural organizer, formed Vukani Mawethu, which performed at Nelson
Mandela's 1990 World Tour celebration in Oakland.
When apartheid ended, "we thought people might stop asking us to sing,"
says executive director Pat Jameson-Amwele, "but they never have."
Instead, the 25-voice choir has continued to perform adding to their
repertoire of Zulu, Xhosa, and Sotho songs, such as those featured on
their 20th Anniversary double CD, Ukuthula.
Members of Palm Wine Boys and UpSurge join the celebration for several
songs in this late afternoon event.
doors open at 3:00 pm
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