In the past men would move from various parts of Southern Africa like Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to work in the mines of Johannesburg. That helped build South Africa’s economy and created the multi-cultural society that we have.
South Africans fleeing kwaZulu ran away from what they saw as the tranny of King Shaka kaSenzangakhona and settled in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
Through all that movement there always was music as that is a huge part of the people that we Africans are.
Through the use of drama and music Hugh Masekela and James Ngcobo wrote the story of how this African migration took place from the times of slavery to modern day society. Celebrated television and stage actor, Ngcobo, also directed the play.
Songs of Migration ends on 13 February 2011 at Johannesburg’s State Theatre.