Passport to Africa will be full of amazing moments: beautiful new music by incredible composers alongside classical views of Africa, plus meaningful connections to the Cape. Jung-Ho Pak has created this unique event and it will be an authentic, powerful and amazing experience. You will literally never see this again – please don’t miss it!
We’ll be joined at Passport to Africa by three composers whose work was selected by Jung-Ho to be part of this very special concert. Bongani Ndodana-Breen is a South African composer (and current Radcliffe Fellow) and his piece is called “African Kaddish.” A Kaddish is a hymn of praises found in Jewish prayer services. Mourners say Kaddish to show that despite the loss, they still praise God. African Kaddish does not sound mournful, however – it is triumphant, joyous, and thrilling. Ndodana-Breen has also written an opera based on the life of Winnie Mandela and an oratorio based on the South African Freedom Charter. According to the New York Times, his “delicately made music – airy, spacious, terribly complex but never convoluted – has a lot to teach the Western wizards of metric modulation and layered rhythms about grace and balance.”
Composer Barak Schmool teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and is a saxophonist, percussionist, and composer specializing in African, Latin music and jazz. He has written a world premiere piece for the Cape Symphony called “20th Meridian,” a journey through the African countries along the line of longitude 20 degrees east of Greenwich, England, specifically for Abel Selaocoe, Sidiki Dembélé, and Alan Keary to perform. It promises to be an incredible experience.
Bradley Williams, a Chicago-based pianist, composer, vocalist, and producer, composed the music for “Beyond Bars,” with narrators Dr. Johann Buis and Rev. Joan M. Martin, Ph.D. reading the words of Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We’re making connections between Africa and the African Diaspora here in America and on the Cape. Reverend Wesley Williams, of the Martin Luther King Action Team of the Nauset Interfaith Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Zion Union Heritage Museum, will speak briefly with Jung-Ho about these community organizations and the ongoing pursuit of civil rights.
We’re also working with the Zion Union Heritage Museum to highlight local artists doing work that speaks to African heritage and traditions. Robin Joyce Miller of Marstons Mills is a renowned artist, author, poet, and educator. She is currently a resident artist at the Zion Union Heritage Museum. A powerful poem by Robin, “I Am An African,” will be in the program for Passport to Africa. Visit her website at robinjoycemillerart.com. Carl Lopes, also of Marstons Mills is an award-winning visual artist and art educator. His paintings are a respectful homage to centuries of influential African art, design and tradition. Carl’s work will also be in the program and on display on the concert stage. Learn more at carllopes.com.
Honestly, this will be one of our most creative and astounding concerts ever. We sincerely urge you to come, and if you already have tickets, please consider sharing information about Passport to Africa with your friends and families. Thank you.