With musical influences spanning across the continent - from a new take on marrabenta to Senegalese mbalakh and Nigerian afro-beat, and even samba, with some smooth sounding jazz thrown in the mix, Maputo-based band Sigauque Project is a pan-African musical journey. With two singers and a full horn section, backed by throbbing bass and rhythmic percussion, this 13-person performance is not to be missed. Most Sigauque Project songs were originally created and recorded by CMFD Productions as part of media for social change projects across the continent. Musicians against Xenophobia (Sigaouke, Sinjengomfula), brought musicians from Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa together in Johannesburg to produce four songs about xenophobia and discrimination. The Humbanane album (Switha Hela, Andiyiqondi, Alertos Da Vida) accompanied Khuluma Africa!, a live theatrical production in South Africa’s mining communities raising awareness about human trafficking and women’s rights. Other songs were produced as theme music for serial radio dramas broadcast across the continent. Crossroads (Kenya), Caminhos Cruzados (Mozambique), and Les Pistes Croisées (Senegal) are regional variations to theme music for Crossroads, the story an old, corrupt police chief and a market women who switch bodies, for a hilarious insight into gender and women’s rights in Africa. Sigauque project sings in English, French, Portuguese, Zulu, Changaan, Sena, and Swahili, - making the music relevant to the diverse Diaspora community More info: http://www.cmfd.org
Marco Don K 1st:
DonK1st was born in Kinshasa, in the Congo Democratic Republic, and came to South Africa in 2007, quickly mingling with the local music scene. Earlier this year he featured with Legal Lexxus at the Alliance Française during Francophonie celebrations, heating up the stage with Congolese hip hop and RnB music.
Blancho du Pouvoir:
Hailing from Congo, these Yeoville based musicians got the crowds moving with their typical Congolese style. Playing Rumba, Kwasa Kwasa, Ndombolo and Koupé Decallé, they made sure to get the crowd on their feet.
Mazola: (Lion Silver Dread) featuring Dakota Band (Unity experience), this unique blend of west and South African rhythm with a strong reggae beat with be a listening experience for audience members.
Blue boy Pantsula entertainment:
The South African Pantsula group, hailing all the way from Katlegong, who have their own unique style of dance to be introduced to the audience in a fuse of International House Music.
Seeds of Lights:
This is the combination of a South African Guitarist and two percussionists who are brought together the old African Classical Music.
Special guests included: H.E Balladji Diakite Ambassador of the Republic of Mali; Eleonor Sisulu writer, publisher and Human Rights activist, Siphokazi Mthathi South Africa Director of Human Rights Watch; Prof. Shadrack Gutto African Renaissance Institute; Ms Nonkululeko Sindane Director General Department of justice & Constitutional Development, John Mugisa Foundation for Human Rights South Africa; Mr Sipho Mseleku Panafrican Chamber of commerce; and many more.
Listen to pre-concert interviews with some of the musicians...