Mdunyelwa and Co to pass on wisdom at the ArtsCape

2015-07-23 06:00
Langa’s Sylvia Mdunyelwa (pictured) will be passing her baton on to Gugulethu’s Xoliswa Tom.

Langa’s Sylvia Mdunyelwa (pictured) will be passing her baton on to Gugulethu’s Xoliswa Tom.

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Cape Town music maestro Camillo Lombard and veteran actor and director Basil Appollis have teamed up to salute and celebrate the music of some of Cape Town’s legendary musicians.

The work, co-produced by Artscape and Micallo Music Productions is called Our Legends: Passing the Baton, will be staged at the Artscape Theatre next Saturday, 1 August.

Local legends like Langa born arist and actress Sylvia Mdunyelwa will be passing the baton on to aspiring artists.

In this show, stories of passion, courage, perseverance and hope will be celebrated through an array of dynamic musical genres, including Cape jazz, cabaret, big band, pop, African traditional and highly spirited Ghoema, which will take the audience on a musical journey from the 1980’s to today.

The concept of the show was born out of the need to showcase the stories and works of our heroes and icons with a special focus on passing the knowledge and expertise on to the younger generation.

A[[ollis said: “Each of the legends we pay tribute to warrants a whole show of their own.”

“And while there were many names to choose from, our list was also determined by artists who have had a relationship with Artscape over the years.

The show is as much about recognising the old guard, as it is about nurturing new talent and the young artists “receiving the baton” have had the opportunity to walk a journey with the chosen legends as their mentors.

Top jazz trumpeter and band leader, Ian Smith will be passing his baton on to young trumpeter Lorenzo Blignaut and vocalist Adelia Douw, while Afro jazz vocalist Sylvia Mdunyelwa will pass hers on to Xoliswa Tom form Gugulethu.

All-round entertainer and costume diva, Sophia Foster’s will go to Abigail Bagley.

Camillo’s band Top Dog, will be giving the music of legends a new treatment.

Sophia will bring back her first ever hit single: Too hot to Handle.

Ian and Lorenzo will play Rise while Ian and Adelia will perform Love Dance.

Sylvia’s haunting Where are the children, will also be on stage.

The band features Donveno Prins on sax, Morne Hoffmeester on drums and Charlton Daniels on bass.

They will be joined for this performance by guitarist Angelo Syster.

Comedian Mel Jones will be holding everything together as narrator and MC. Tickets for Our Legends: Passing the Baton, is on Saturday 1 August at the ArtsCape Theatre, cost R100 and are available from Computicket

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