All proceeds of the memorobilia book Jazz Epistles: The Living Legends will be donated to foundations founded by Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela and Dr. Jonas Gwangwa. Below are more details on these foundations.
Abdullah Ibrahim has for a long time conceived of an academy to train and develop young people in music, and the spiritual and life skills that will empower them to have an impact of South African society and beyond. The Abdullah Ibrahim Academy is a unique attempt to recreate these opportunities for learning and growth.
The Academy will induct a small number of gifted young people of school leaving age, and put them through an intensive musical and life-preparation process to ready them for further learning and development in their chosen field. They will enjoy a rigorous musical education, and they will also learn about history, philosophy, spirituality and physical discipline. This will be a profound, holistic preparation for life as a musician, and as a creative and positive force within their communities, and society as a whole.
The Abdullah Ibrahim Academy, launched in due to launch in December 2016, sets out to offer a transformative educational experience that will have a lasting impact on the lives of young people, and hopefully through them, on our society as a whole.
The Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation has been created to preserve and promote African Heritage. Africa faces post-independence challenges that require creative solutions. To develop these, the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation has been founded by Hugh to preserve African Identity through the creation of cultural information facilities, the support and incubation of heritage arts, and the dissemination of this information and cultural inheritance throughout the African Diaspora and the world.
The Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation aims to re-introduce elements of heritage into the lives of African communities, by way of entertainment and heritage education. The Foundation works to achieve this through the nurturing and growing of a body of work which pays tribute to our African heritage through support of South African productions of music, theatre and film, as well as establishments such as museums and archives.
With a focus on history, language, arts, culture, the archives of memory of the aged and the growth potential of SMEs and youth, the Foundation endeavours to harness the gifts of our inherited knowledge and help to spread it far and wide without abandoning all that modern technology and Western civilization has to offer. This is an imperative legacy to safeguard for present and future generations. When future generations are requested to define themselves we do not want them to say: “They say we used to be Africans very, very long ago.”
“Amandla” is a musical which tells the story of the most turbulent time in South African history and the consequent threat to culture. It was developed, directed and produced by the multi award winning and well respected musician and cultural custodian, Dr. Jonas Gwangwa. It is the tale of the torrid journey of the black majority of South Africa, interpreted through live performance – music, dance, the spoken word, poetry and song.
When world renowned musician Dr Jonas Gwangwa found himself face to face with Political Icon Oliver Tambo, summoned to create a production about South Africa’s struggle for freedom, how significant his work would become in the liberation movement, was one of the last considerations on his list. Amandla Cultural Ensemble is the name he gave to the group of musicians he spent nine months working with in the military camps of the ANC’s Angola base.
The Amandla Cultural Ensemble was such a mechanism for change. A tool to awaken the world to the reality of the Apartheid genocide. There has been no other production of its nature: with such exhilarating engaging music and dance, telling the truths of our history so effectively, soliciting support the world over, in one entity. The production travelled the world for 10 years mobilising support from non-profit organisations, and civil rights activists from over 50 countries.
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