A new collaboration by bassist Concord Nkabinde (pictured left) and David Klassen (right) sees the two South African creative artists dig deep into their collective years of musical performance and production to deliver a performance that re-visits the essence and depth found in the words of Tata Nelson Mandela.
“NELSON MANDELA – The Song Lives On” is a public concert that marries the well-known sound of Madiba’s voice with live music and spoken word. This production seeks to ensure that the impact created by the words of power, love, courage and healing that Madiba left us with, last for generations to come.
Along with Klassen, Nkabinde has invited three well-established and respected Cape Town-based artists to collaborate on this concert; Mark Fransman (middle), a highly accomplished saxophonist, pianist, flautist, vocalist, composer and music educator; the award-winning Nomfundo Xaluva (2nd from left), a dynamic new voice in the music scene, who is also a pianist, composer and music educator; and Bulelwa Basse (2nd from right), a prolific performance poet, language facilitator, speaker and community builder.
In the words of South Africa’s former president himself; “Music is a great blessing. It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice. Such is the value of music.”
On 22 January 2017, forming part of the Oude Libertas Summer Season, Nkabinde and Klassen will present this work that carefully and respectively interweaves new compositions as well as existing songs with an audio-visual presentation. Suitable for all ages, this concert promises to be a special experience, one that carries history lessons from South Africa’s past whilst inspiring us to work together to create a future of bright possibilities.
The result of this collaboration is a concoction of different musical styles, well-thought out musical compositions and arrangements, expertly glued together by moments of improvisation. This five-piece outfit will deliver an experience that will remain in the hearts and minds of many, for years to come.
“This will be just as exciting for the audience as it will be for us, as together we re-examine the words and ideals of an Icon,” adds Nkabinde.
Klassen shares his sentiments on the project; “I am excited about it. It’s got meaning and purpose. We are honoring the values and humanitarian ideals of a man who deserves to be honored in this manner.”
In the development of the content of this project, interaction and counsel from the Nelson Mandela Foundation as well as the UWC Robben Island Mayibuye Archives has ensured a holistic way forward. While renowned photographers, Siphiwe Mhlambi and Mark Wessels provided amazing images that have added depth to this production.
Tickets are R180 at Computicket. Click here for more http://online.computicket.com/web/event/nelson_mandela_the_song_lives_on/1080809535/0/75652706. Follow the event online with the hashtag #mandelasongliveson.
It's a brand new year and time for the Bassline to say goodbye to its current venue in Newtown, like they did from their Melville premises, Johannesburg and proudly rebrand as BASSLINE LIVE.
BASSLINE LIVE is the new incarnation and is now a full service music industry service provider and would like to thank everyone that's become a loyal supporter over the last 22 years. This includes the opening of the BASSLINE LIVE artist management division, and have already signed up two of South Africa's most exciting performers, namely Vusi Mahlasela and Nakhane Toure (voice on Black Coffee’s “We dance again”) . We are especially excited
Owner Brad Holmes had this to say; "We couldn't be more excited to start this new chapter in Bassline's history. We are committed to bringing you the greatest in live shows, artists and festivals as we embark on this new phase in the Bassline's journey."
As has been a traditional at the closed venue, BASSLINE LIVE in partnership with Kaya FM presents THE SOIL - Live at The Lyric at Gold Reef City (BASLINE LIVE’s new venue). Bassline's closure meant that the Kaya FM's monthly Live @ The Bassline series that began in August 2015, had to find a new home, and “The Lyric at Gold Reef City was the natural choice. With a world-class theatre on board, Kaya FM were happy to extend the agreement with Bassline Live to produce a monthly series that will run throughout 2017.”
Sensational South African a-capella group THE SOIL (pictured) will kickstart the new year and a new Kaya FM Bassline music series when they perform at the new platform on Saturday 4th February 2017. The in-demand group recently grabbed headlines with their new album, “Echoes of Kofifi”, that shot past official Gold sales status (over 15 000 albums sold) three weeks after its release.
Presented by Kaya FM and Bassline Live, the show will be proudly supported by Old Mutual as exclusive financial services partner. South African Breweries will also partner with Bassline Live for this show.
Tickets available from Computicket for R180, or at The Lyric at Gold Reef City box office at R200. http://online.computicket.com/web/event/kaya_fm_bassline_live_presents_the_soil/1102562336/0/77074506.
Moreover, as well as bringing the greatest local and international artists onto our stages over the years, Bassline has also grown a strong reputation as leaders in concert production on a major scale. These events that include the Bassline Africa Day and Fete De La Musique are testament to the experience of the brand and such events will continue to be a major part of the 2017 roster. BASSLINE LIVE also offers full PA rig rentals consisting of front-of-house and monitor sound with backline and a lighting rig.
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