The Liberation Concert
Gearhouse Group was able to supplement the technical elements for The Liberation Concert which took place at the Nelson Mandela Theatre, Joburg Theatre Complex on the 25th May. The concert celebrated Nelson Mandela’s legacy and fell aptly as the finale to Africa Month with the dual purpose of launching The Liberation Project’s new album Songs That Made Us Free. The Liberation Project served as the house band and featured special guest appearances from a host of South African and International icons who have lent their voices and played a vital role in South Africa’s struggle for freedom.
The Concert took place over two sets of 50 minutes per set with an interval in between. Three of the Gearhouse companies sponsored the event; the massive curved projection screen at the back coming from Sets Drapes Screens, the projectors from Gearhouse Splitbeam and the stage from Gearhouse In2Structures.
The Concert was sponsored and endorsed by The National Arts Council, The Department of Arts & Culture and the Nelson Mandela Theatre. Invited dignitaries and VIP’s affiliated to the NAC, the DAC and the Joburg Theatre as well as members of the international diplomatic corps (i.e. Italy, Cuba, France etc.) also attended.
The Liberation Project is driven from South Africa and features a unique collaboration of musicians mainly from South Africa, Italy and Cuba who have joined forces to celebrate their liberation struggles from various different corners of the world with the main focus being on music from South Africa, Italy and Cuba.
An interactive workshop and meet and greet event to youth in Soweto prior to the concert was organised through the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Their drive is to ensure that our youth understand the story behind our liberation in the form of music, as many of the artists in this concert played very important roles in the anti-apartheid struggle, both from within and outside South Africa.
The Concert also served as a tribute to the late Ray Phiri and Hugh Masekela.
Photo and Story courtesy Passage One
Jun 18, 2018