We are delighted to open our first series of public gigs post lock-down, with one of our greatest musicians and philosophers of this generation…
UNTITLED BASEMENT presents
Nduduzo Makhathini 13th & 14th November, 2020 [Set 1: 19H00 / Set 2: 21H00]
This two night series will look into the notion of prayer within an African context. In IsiZulu another word for prayer is ‘umkhuleko’ which means to be bound together in spirit. In this way, fundamental questions are then of interest: ‘What constitute prayer in Africa?’ and ‘What is the role of prayer in Africa?’ “In seeking to respond to these questions, I invoke Princess Magogo’s lyrics on ‘Onoms’oPhezukonke’ which I regard as an example of an African prayer.”
In the broadest sense, Magogo’s piece suggests that, our ancestors based their religiosities on their relationship with the cosmos –– wherein they perceived being as a conversation between both the material and metaphysical worlds. Thus, prayer became a bridge between our immediate world and elsewhere. This mode of parallel existence is evident in African life, hence our ancestors constantly harnessed life through prayer, rituals, libations and song.
This is the background from which the music I am about to present emanated, paired with what is happening to black peoples around the world. It felt as though we needed common prayer, and here I present one suggestion.
This special two night series features Nduduzo Makhathini on piano and vocals, Ayanda Sikade on drums, Gontse Makhene – percussion, Nhlanhla Radebe – double bass, Linda Sikhane – tenor sax (Friday Night) / Sisonke Xonti - tenor sax (Saturday Night), Ndabo Zulu - trumpet.
Supported by CONCERTS SA
Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed under the auspices of SAMRO and managed by IKS Cultural Consulting.
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In partnership with Artivist and Seriti
For more about Makhathini’s thoughts visit: https://revelationsandthoughtsofnduduzomakhathini.com
Untitled Basement is slowly opening again, and the unintended benefits of lockdown regulations is the ability to experience rare live music performances with limited audience numbers. The downside is that the limited capacity is unsustainable for artists, therefore we are doing 2 sets of one hour each, guests are required to book a ticket for each set, though one set is still as valuable and a rich experience as expected from Untitled Basement and the featured Artists.
For Table/Booth Bookings email: [email protected] / Bookings are on a first come first serve basis. Government regulated COVID 19 safety protocol for events apply. Guests are required to complete an online COVID 19 Pre-screening Questionnaire prior to arrival. Right of Admission Reserved.
|Age restriction||No under 18s|
|Refund policy||No refunds|