Sipho Mabuse on the The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival 80th Birthday Edition Saturday 9 November 2019 at The Soweto Theatre Precinct

Assupol & SEMOPA Entertainment present:

The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival 80th Birthday Edition

Saturday 9 November 2019 at The Soweto Theatre Precinct

“My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are, and this Festival remains a great showcase of our traditional and modern musical talents. It’s always a great party!” – Hugh Masekela

This 80th Birthday Edition of The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival is an enhanced mirror of past festivals while keeping with Bra Hugh’s eclectic and broad vision of South African and African culture, music and heritage, which has always been at the heart of this festival.

This fifth instalment is a significant and important juncture in the life of the festival. The first since Bra Hugh’s passing, held in what would have been his 80th year, as well as debuting at the historic Soweto Theatre Amphitheatre, the festival continues to evolve as a magnet for diverse South African performers and audiences.

At this year’s festival Thandiswa Mazwai will pay tribute to her friend and mentor Hugh Masekela with selections from his lesser-known repertoire, accompanied by the Hugh Masekela Band. In addition, the festival will feature Sjava, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Madala Kunene, Thabang Tabane, Bombshelter Beast, Sun Xa Experiment, Luma and the BaTswana dance ensemble New Moon.

Festival organizer Mabusha Masekela, “This year’s centrepiece is a specially curated presentation of Hugh’s 6 decade-long musical output featuring the unique talents of Thandiswa Mazwai and Bra Hugh’s last touring band. With a nod to the obvious impossibility of this proposition, the aim is to get a taste of Hugh’s variety, while still anchored in his roots. The combination promises to be inspirational.”

In addition to inaugurating the brand-new Soweto Theatre Amphitheatre the festival will offer a family ambiance with a children’s area, a variety of food and drink, as well as arts & crafts for sale. Complementing this overall atmosphere, inside the Soweto Theatre will be the Hugh Masekela NO BORDERS Tribute Installation. The installation features memorabilia, records, recordings, trumpets and photographs of a life, loved and lived.

Presented by Assupol and Semopa Entertainment, The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival will mark a high point of this year of celebratory events, reflecting Bra Hugh’s final and lasting commitment to African heritage, tradition and identity. The festival is envisioned as a platform to grow and promote heritage and culture to and through a cross-generational, cross-cultural audience with a stage that represents ALL the diversity of South Africa, the continent, and indeed, the globe.

“The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival is a worthy celebration of the legacy of the iconic African giant, Bra Hugh. The Boy Is Still Doing It and Grazing!” – Sipho “Hostix” Mabuse

“Assupol has been serving the hard-working people of South Africa with financial products and services, for 106 years. As a proudly South African company with a rich heritage of serving those who serve, we are pleased to support the promotion of heritage, through music and culture at the 80th birthday edition of the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival.” – Velmah Nzembela; Head of Brand and Communications, Assupol

For Thandiswa Mazwai it will be bittersweet. “I obviously love Bra Hugh’s music, but I’m very sad that he is no longer with us. I am afraid I might cry on stage. I have been a huge fan of Hughey since I was 14. My fist performance with him was with my high school choir. Our friendship was one of the most important relationships of my life, nothing could prepare me for doing Hughey’s music without him, so this is a very special show for me.”

Drummer in the Hugh Masekela band, Leeroy Sauls, notes how important this festival is in keeping Bra Hugh’s legacy alive: “I remember us walking to a soundcheck at Carnegie Hall in New York and him telling me ‘If we don’t preserve our heritage and keep our traditions and culture alive, they will say we were once called African!’ Unity in diversity is what he believed in. He was a man of integrity and a firm believer in Ubuntu, we miss you Dr Hugh!”

Date: Saturday 9 November 2019

Venue: The Soweto Theatre Precinct,

Corner Bolani Link and Bolani Road, Jabulani, Soweto

Gates Open: 12 noon

Ticket Prices: R200 pre-sale

R250 at the Gate

R50 for Pensioners at the Gate

Free for Children under 6

Tickets Online:

Ticket Outlets: Selected SPAR, Jet, Edgars, and CNA stores via TicketPro

Heinrich Frans and his band at Radisson Red this Saturday 12 Oct

The fantastic Heinrich Frans and his 4 piece band will be at Radisson Red this Saturday night 12 October 2019
Soul and beautiful jazz melodies will be on offer

Book Quicket or the door

see poster for details

No Back up plan for key world cup rugby matches

World Rugby’s frustrating failure to have a back-up plan in place for adverse weather conditions was scathingly summed up Sergio Parise, the Italy captain and one of the game’s greats.

After hearing that Italy’s game against the All Blacks on Saturday has been cancelled, the disappointed Parise said: “If New Zealand needed four or five points against us it would not have been cancelled.”

One hundred percent Sergio. You can also bet the rent money that if England needed to beat France (in the other cancelled match) to advance to the quarter-finals the match would have been moved to a safe venue.

Just a hint of the possibility of it being cancelled and England coach Eddie Jones’ howls of indignation would have been louder than the typhoon. France has been quiet on the issue because they know that the two points they are being awarded for the cancellation are probably two more than they would have got if the game had been played, but as far as Italy is concerned, the message is that they don’t really matter.

As Sergio says: “Sure, everyone might think that Italy versus New Zealand being cancelled counts for nothing because we’d have lost anyway, but we deserved to be respected as a team.”

The match would also have been the highlight of the World Cup for Italy and their fans. Every rugby player in the world dreams of playing the All Blacks.

“It is difficult to know that we won’t have the chance to play a match against one of the great teams,” Parise added. “We had the chance to play in a big stadium, against an awesome team…”

The effete suits at World Rugby tell us that the drastic action is all about the safety of the players and the spectators, and nobody is questioning that, but once more Parise neatly sums up what everybody is wondering, and that is why has there been no back-up plan?

“It is ridiculous that a decision of this nature has been made because it isn’t like the fans arrived yesterday. It is crazy that there was no Plan B because it isn’t news that typhoons hit Japan. When you organise a World Cup, you should have a back-up plan in place.”

The typhoon is not going to hit the whole of Japan, and this is arguably the most technologically advanced country on the planet, the land of bullet trains travelling at almost supersonic speeds …. It would have been a massive inconvenience to move the games but, to borrow from showbiz, the show must go on.

Strangely, the game that has a quarter-final place at stake, Scotland vs the host nation, is being given to the last minute on Sunday before a decision is made.

If Scotland goes out of the World Cup because of cancelation it would be scandalous. In the last World Cup they would have gone through to the play-offs but for a last-minute mistake in their game against Australia by ref Craig Joubert that gifted the Aussies the penalty that won the game.

Surely they can’t get shafted again ….

by Mike Greenaway

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