Thanks Bra Louis, but show goes on

2018-02-01 06:00
Sonke- uplift the people ensemble, at Guga S’thebe in Langa on SaturdayPHOTO: Terence Visagie

Sonke- uplift the people ensemble, at Guga S’thebe in Langa on SaturdayPHOTO: Terence Visagie

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“We love you, we love you, you don’t have to love us, we love you...” drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo sang enthusiastically during a concert last Saturday evening at the amphitheatre of Guga S’thebe Arts Centre in Langa.

Part of a series titled SONKE – uplift the people, this show was the first in a series of three consecutive Saturday evenings in the same venue to celebrate the music of Bra Louis in his community.

Contributing to the magic at the first show wase another Langa-born musician – vocalist Fancy Galada, along with the pianist Mervyn Africa.

Having been forcibly removed from District Six, Mervyn Africa lived in exile in London for decades and while there played and recorded with Moholo-Moholo.

Since both are back home in the Cape, Bras Louis and Mervyn have rekindled their strong musical connection.

Also on stage is bassist Brydon Bolton, who held down the lower frequencies, while saxophonist Abraham Mennen impressed those in the audience who hadn’t heard him play before.

The music flowed over two sents, with tracks drifting or charging into the next, including rousing re-works of ‘Lakutshona Ilanga’, ‘Yakhal’Inkomo’ and ‘You Ain’t Gonna Know Me ‘Cos You Think You Know Me’, along with other songs from the South African jazz songbook, many of which were written or recorded by Bra Louis and his colleagues in the Blue Notes.

This Saturday evening’s show starts at 6pm and will again be outdoors (weather permitting!) at Langa’s Guga S’thebe Arts Centre (King Langalibalele Drive).

For this special occasion Moholo-Moholo welcomes Hilton Schilder to join him for a drums and piano duet, and at the same time they will have the space to improvise and explore each other’s musicality under open skies. For tickets contact 0606 725 052, or buy them at Chimurenga offices. R120 in advance or R150 on the door.


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