Music, Infused With Sorrow and Joy, in Honor of Migrant Dreamers
Johannesburg Journal By CELIA W. DUGGER
Published: March 18, 2010
JOHANNESBURG — Hugh Masekela, the legendary trumpeter, blew his horn, sang with bluesy fervor and boogied across the stage on his puffy, 70-year old knees in his “Songs of Migration,” a revival of the music made by those who came from all over southern Africa to dig for gold and search for work here in the continent’s great boom town. And every now and then, in the midst of the performance, he stared hard at the people who filled the seats in front of him at the Market Theater, their faces illuminated in the glow of the stage lights.
Grandmothers with tear-streaked cheeks mouthed the words along with him. Middle-aged women swayed to songs that had been woven into their girlhood games. Teenagers, dragged along by the grownups, were hearing this music of a bygone era for the first time...link to complete article