On Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the historic St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town—where Desmond Mpilo Tutu served as the country’s first black archbishop—the 10th annual Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival’s “Mandela at 100: Voices of Hope, Freedom & Unity” celebration will feature individual performances from all participating ensembles, as well as two world premieres commissioned by Classical Movements’ own Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program for the entire 2018 Ihlombe! mass choir, under the baton of world-renowned University of Johannesburg conductor Sidumo Nyamazele.
Decorated University of KwaZulu-Natal professor Phelelani Mnomiya has composed a powerful rendering of Madiba’s famous It’s In Your Hands Now speech—delivered on his 90th birthday during the 46664 AIDS charity concert at London’s Hyde Park.
Penning his own text for the second Ihlombe! mass choir commission, award-winning University of the Western Cape professor Sibusiso Njeza’s Uthando Nomculo (“Love and Music”) piece urges us all, in his words, “to love more, to see beyond the color of one’s skin, religion and sexuality.”