Please join us for a panel discussion and lunch with two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters and musical activists. Legendary trumpeter, vocalist and composer Hugh Masekela, and vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Vusi Mahlasela, will discuss the effects that the harsh political climate in South Africa have had on their music, and South African music in general – and how music can uplift and raise social and political awareness. South Africa’s “struggle songs” portray the hardships and joys of living in apartheid-era South Africa. This music connects the old South Africa of discrimination and separation with the new promise for a better future and reconciliation. Hugh and Vusi have devoted their lives and careers to protecting and nurturing South Africa’s musical and cultural heritage which was not snuffed out under apartheid.
Moderator: Professor Hlonipha Mokoena, Anthropology Department, Columbia University
The Queens College Women’s Choir (Dr. Sandra Babb, Conductor, with Guest Conductor H. Roz Woll) will perform a short program of South African folk songs at the beginning of the panel.
Wednesday, February 18th – 12:15-1:30
Campbell Dome – Powdermaker Hall
*Lunch will be provided*
Special offer for attendees: $10 tickets to “20 Years of Freedom: Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlesela” at LeFrak Concert Hall on February 18 at 7:30pm (limited to two tickets per customer).