An award nominated tribute to the late, great Miriam Makeba can be seen at this year’s Suidoosterfees in the form of ‘My Miriam Makeba Story’. Starring Sima Mashazi, who was nominated as Best Solo Artist at Woordfees 2018 for her performance in the show, the production can be seen on April 29 at 8.15pm at the Artscape Theatre Centre.
Mashazi will be accompanied by pianist, musical director and composer Ramon Alexander. Other band members include Annemie Nel on drums, Bradley Prince on guitars, Chadleigh Gowar on bass and Muneeb Hermans on trumpet.
Simangele Mashazi is considered by industry insiders as a rising star in the South African entertainment landscape. She performed the role of the young Miriam in the first musical about Mama Africa (which toured the US and SA). The experience deepened Mashazi’s admiration for Makeba’s music and the woman behind it.
In ‘My Miriam Makeba Story’, Mashazi pays tribute to a historical figure who spoke truth to power through her lyrics and gave hope to so many, amidst her own struggles. Mashazi will also share the themes in Makeba’s music and life that touched her and bear similarities to her own journey. Mashazi includes songs of her own that relate to Makeba’s story. “It has been an amazing experience portraying her and I have learned so much about her that I didn’t know,” says Mashazi. “I love how she used her voice to speak the truth of her reality and instigate change”.
Audience members can expect world famous hits like ‘Phatha Phatha’, to lesser known gems like ‘Suliram’ (an Indonesian lullaby).
In addition to her 2018 Woordfees nomination, Mashazi was just nominated for Best Music Production for this show at Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, 2019.
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