MUSIC FREELEARNING PRESENTS “AFRIKA YEAR”

Music Free Learning is an innovative combination of live performance, education, indigenous knowledge systems, database and archives, audio-visual mentorship and workshops. Live Recordings of Season 3 AFRIKA YEAR welcome schools, community centres, academies and professionals as we dig deep into the heartbeat if African musics; maskanda, reggae, vocal music, traditional and Basadi jazz.

Episode ONE : Rays of Hope lead by drummer, composer, arranger and singer Anikki Maswanganye gives hope to girl child, female and women instrumentalists in traditionally a male dominated industry. Her platform Ladies in Jazz was founded 10 years ago to showcase female creative talents. This music heals through song, gives courage and uplifts people’s spirit.

Episode TWO: Bonny Zulu and her band make the transition from backing vocals to the lead singer in the style and spirit of the great songbirds of SA music, Abie Cindi, Sibongile Khumalo, Sophie Mgcina, Dolly Rathebe, Abigail Kubheka and Themi.

Episode THREE: Geoffrey Tracey is a sangoma, story-teller and music educator. Known as “Gogo Hugh,” the grandson of Hugh Tracey he continues the legacy of reconnecting African cultures through music. Geoff is an authorised traditional knowledge keeper, working with the continuous and ancient African practices of the sangoma, reconnecting humanity to our spirit practices, our extra-sensory capacities and the ancient wisdom or what he calls 5D (fifth dimension) technology.

EPISODE FOUR : With Twenty years of over 100 shows a year, Tidal Waves are considered the hardest working reggae band in South Africa. The band is lead by Jacob ‘Jakes’ Wulana (guitar & vocals) and perform original reggae music with blues, mbaqanga and rock influences singing in English, Afrikaans, Setswana and Tshivhenda. They have performed alongside reggae greats Ziggy Marley and The Easy Star All Stars.

Episode FIVE: David “Qadasi” Jenkins, Maskandi vocalist, guitarist, concertina and banjo player from Empangeni performs with friend and highly respected Maskandi artist, Maqhinga Radebe reviving traditional Zulu Maskandi music, promoting Zulu culture, traditional music and social cohesion on recordings and performances worldwide.

AFRIKA YEAR is the title of Season Three of the the innovative Music: Free-learning, multi-media education programme.

Afrika Year is produced by Sausage Films with the support of The Department of Sports arts and Culture Mzansi Golden Economy, AMPD Studios by Old Mutual and Business Arts South Africa (BASA).

The release of the “Afrika Year” Season 3 of 5 episodes, combining an AV tutorial of documentary, live performance and interview together with detailed course-work (a pre-task and post-task) will commence on Afrika Day May 25th and be available for free download here

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