The long-forgotten kings of South African Jazz and popular music in the 1940s and 50s will be honoured in musical form during the festive season.
The popular yesteryear a capella singing group, The Manhattan Brothers, had a US Billboard pop chart hit in ‘Lovely lies’ and will be celebrated in a tribute show bearing their name of at the Soweto Theatre from Thursday, December 8, to Sunday, December 18.
The trend-setting Manhattan Brothers paved the way for the likes of South African music icons such as Hugh Masekela and Mirriam Makeba. The role of the winning Mama Africa will be portrayed by Mmatema Moremi, ‘Idols SA’ 2015 runner-up.
She will be accompanied by Complete, a local acapella group that will portray The Manhattan Brothers, comprised of members Happy Motha, Mluleki Chum, Thembinkosi Japhed Mavimbela and Bubele Mgele.
“It is in tributes like these that the spirits of our musical icons and history lives on,” reads the release from the Soweto Theatre. Original Manhattan Brothers band members included founding member and lead singer, Nathan Dambuza Mdledle, Joe Mogotsi, Ronnie Sehume and Rufus Khoza, who were later joined by Mirriam Makeba.
The show will be directed by Soweto Theatre Artistic Manager, Makhaola Ndebele.
For bookings and more information, visit www.sowetotheatre.com.