Paying tribute to SA’s international icon, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, in song

Paying tribute to SA’s international icon, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, in song

The 18th July 2018 would have been the 100th birthday of the beloved icon Madiba. Cape Town Opera in collaboration with Naspers and Artscape will celebrate the life of a man who touched hearts and minds around the world. Celebrate the Mandela centenary at a performance of Mandela Trilogy: A musical tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela at Artscape on July 17 and 18

From traditional Xhosa choral music, to jazz and jive dancing of the 1950s township dance halls; from struggle songs of the 1980s, to the liberation music of the 1990s – Mandela Trilogy celebrates the vibrant variety of South African music while dramatising the defining moments that shaped Mandela’s life.

The story begins in Mandela’s birthplace, in the village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape. After his initiation into manhood and rejection of a traditional arranged marriage, Mandela decides his future lies beyond the Qunu hills and he flees to Johannesburg. The narrative continues with Mandela working as a lawyer in the township of Sophiatown, shortly before the Nationalist Party’s forced eviction of the township residents. Mandela’s political education and community leadership role becomes more pronounced during this time, as he rallies black South Africans toward the African National Congress cause. The story concludes with the repercussions of the Sharpeville Massacre, Mandela’s trial and incarceration, and his eventual release from the infamous Robben Island prison.

Corporate packages to the performance on Wednesday, July 18, include a top priced show ticket, a complimentary souvenir programme and a glass of Simonsig Bubbly on arrival.

In true Mandela spirit, your company may want to support a charity/non-profit organisation by purchasing tickets for them to see this production.

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