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The South African State Theatre in association with Value of Culture proudly presents the cultural and heritage enthusiast, and renowned musician Mbuso Khoza. Alongside Afrikan Heritage Ensemble – an 18-member Acapella group he founded, they will be live in the inaugural Amahubo in Concert at the State Theatre, on the nights of Friday 28th and Saturday 29th of February 2020.

The concert comes as a call for the preservation of our heritage, while encouraging Africans to stay in love with who they are, and where they come from. Mbuso Khoza is recognized internationally as an expert on the musical heritage of the peoples of southern Africa and has written dozens of highly regarded articles for mass circulating isiZulu newspapers on the subject. He has also featured on a weekly radio slot on heritage for the past two years on Africa’s biggest radio station by numbers – Ukhozi FM.

In 2013 he received the Best Jazz Album accolade at the annual Metro Awards and has collaborated with several influential musicians at home and abroad. He is active across genres as a symbol of the music fraternity’s acknowledgement of his rare composition and singing talent. Khoza had this to say about the Amahubo in Concert, “Amahubo is a rare style of music and also serves as a scroll of the nation. These are songs associated with the very beginning of time when the Nguni people were in control of their destiny. In the olden days, each household used to have a family song called Ihubo which was used to safeguard the family history and serve as a prayer for respective families.”

“This symposium is aimed at reminding people about the importance of heritage. Amahubo are the songs of the ancients. They are at the center of our spiritual lives, our historical lives and our religious lives. They carry messages of the past and warning us about the present. This event seeks to encourage people to embrace and fall in love with their histories,” says Khoza.

Music is one of the best and effective methodologies to emphasize our culture and heritage, and this will be felt at this event. “We are grateful for the belief that the State Theatre has in our craft, which led to them partnering with us in bringing this important art to our people. We assure Tshwane and neighboring towns a couple of nights of beautiful music and mesmeric performances. When Value of Culture was born, its purpose was to continually reignite songs of the ancient as we preserve our heritage. This concert is just one of the platforms to do this,” says Khoza.

The Amahubo in Concert also aims to highlight unity among the various components of the South African nation. The project seeks to address lot of issues such as tribalism and xenophobia, teaching people to appreciate diversity. In the programme, Khoza draws on similarities between singing styles of the Nguni as well as Sotho speaking communities in the 17th and 18th centuries.

To be part of this great occasion, visit OR or purchase your tickets at Pick ‘n Pay for only R150. The show will start at 20:00 on both nights.

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