Masello Motana's Vocal Museum
Fri Jul 8, 19:00 - Sat Jul 9, 02:00
The Vocal Museum is a recital, a journey into collective memory, a live tribute to South African musicians created and performed by Masello Motana, backed by a live band. The Vocal Museum is the ultimate authentic musical experience that celebrates a township childhood through song.
As South Africa celebrates many years of democracy, The Vocal Museum is a show that gives us a window into the experiences and memories of many a music lover and collector in the various locations in our multilingual and multicultural society.
The Vocal Museum is a follow-up and expansion to Masello's Ntyilo Ntyilo, a South African Song Book aimed to honor our musical heritage.
"It was around 2015 or 2016 when I first encountered Masello Motana’s performance which she names the Vocal Museum. The venue was the Afrikan Freedom Station in Westdene. The Station often felt like a cross-section of the cultural denizens from the Yeoville, Newtown and post-2010 eras. The performance traversed through various eras in South African music from the 1950’s to the present. Masello’s arrangements presented old standards in a fresh, provocative way, like the way she rendered Winston Mankunku Ngozi’s standard Yakhal’ Inkomo, in a reggae beat. Her musicality and deft movement between nostalgia, social realism and historicism inspired one person in the audience to declare for all to hear" Khwezi Gule