Politics of Jazz – Newtown Junction hosts a musical

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Gwen Ansell will host a public dialogue with the musicians of Born To Be Black at Work Shop New Town.
Gwen Ansell will host a public dialogue with the musicians of Born To Be Black at Work Shop New Town.

In the past Jazz Music has come to symbolize diverse agendas including freedom and democratic values, symbols seen as a threat to order and a civil society.

As part of Newtown Junction’s commitment to bring Arts and Culture into the inner city and preserve the heritage of Newtown it is partnering with Amandla Freedom Ensemble to create what surely will be a public dialogue not to be missed. Hosted by author and prolific music journalist Gwen Ansell who will be joined by Louis Tebogo Moholo Moholo, Salim Washington and Andile Yenana. The dialogue will take place on Thursday 11 February 2016 at 14:30 at Work Shop New Town which is a new innovative retail concept housed in the historic 1911 Potato Sheds at Newtown Junction.

The Amandla Freedom Ensemble one of South Africa`s new jazz sensations is re-living the history of Jazz music through a series of intriguing musical dialogues titled Born to be Black which alongside Work Shop New Town will also be hosted at The Orbit Jazz and Bistro, 82 de Korte on the 11th & 12th of February 2016 at 20h00 and tickets cost R120.

The performance will be expanded with a front line of four horns accompanied by the warm percussive sounds of Louis Moholo– Moholo and multiple award-winning pianist, composer and jazz scholar, Andile Yenana. The audience can expect a larger than life line-up that promises to capture everyone`s spirit and communicate jazz in an unusual arrangement.

Born to Be Black is the culmination of an endeavour to bring two evenings of musical brilliance from an intergenerational dialogue between the intense piano improvisations of Andile Yenana and the legendary percussionists Louis Moholo-Moholo.

Moholo is no stranger to the art of combining Jazz and politics. He played a pivotal role in the influential community of South African exiles who transformed the evolution of British jazz from the 1970s. He also formed The Blue Notes with Chris McGregor, Johnny Dyani, Nikele Moyake, Mongezi Feza and Dudu Pukwana.

Moholo returned to South Africa in September 2005, performing with George Lewis at the UNYAZI Festival of Electronic Music in Johannesburg.

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