Songs of Migration
Featuring Hugh Masekela and Sibongile Khumalo
Conceived by Hugh Masekela and James Ngcobo
Written & directed by James Ngcobo
"A musical homecoming…an attempt to reclaim what apartheid suppressed."
--The New York Times
They flowed from all parts of Africa, south, toward the promise of the golden city Johannesburg and a better life. Rich metals, hidden deep within the land, brought together a continent of even richer music, traditional costumes, instruments, songs, ceremonies, and dance.
The songs and stories of late-19th century migrant workers shine in this exclusive U.S. premiere engagement. Songs of Migration is a musical tribute compiled and arranged by the internationally acclaimed trumpeter, composer, and lyricist Hugh Masekela and director James Ngcobo. In this celebration of song and dance featuring Hugh Masekela and singer Sibongile Khumalo, the same dusty streets, settlement camps, and train cars that sometimes separated families echo with the centuries of indigenous sounds that helped hold a patchwork culture together.
Running Time: 80 minutes - no intermission.
Musical Theater at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Adrienne Arsht Musical Theater Fund.
The Kennedy Center Theater Season is sponsored by Altria Group.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
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