Monday, October 25, 2010

Unesco World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 27-28 OCTOBER 2010

THEME: Save Our Audiovisual Heritage – NOW!
EXHIBITION: Southern African Traditional Music
DATE: 27-28 OCTOBER 2010
UNESCO declared October 27 as the World Day for AV Heritage to raise awareness of the significance of AV documents and to draw attention to the need to safeguard them.
The SABC Media Libraries and the SABC TV News Archives have joined forces to exhibit their audio and visual collections of traditional music and culture.  In addition, the Drum Café, the African Heritage Trust, as well as SABA (Southern African Broadcasting Association) will join the SABC in its awareness campaign this year to showcase a fascinating collection of musical instruments and old recording formats will be on display to view.

Special highlights:
·         A short video about the 1976 riots from the TV News Archives
·         27 October:- the exhibition will feature legendary South African musician Lemme “Special” Mabusa. Lemmy started playing pennywhistle on the streets at age 10. He was discovered by talent scouts and in 1961 he performed in South Africa’s first international hit musical “King Kong” at London’s West End Princes Theatre for an entire year.
·         28 October:- The Drum Cafe will give a lunch hour performance in the SABC Ground Floor Auditorium.  “Voices Only” will feature Basabi Le Meropa, a group of young South African women, who tell the stories of their lives through marimba, song, drums, dance and the spoken word. Basadi Le Meropa have toured Netherlands for the Festival Mundial as well as Belgium.  Basadi Le Meropa ladies recently performed on stage with Shakira and K’naan at the FIFA World Cup Kick Off Concert

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