Project Grant Recipient: Mandla Mlangeni (Amandla Freedom Ensemble)
Project Title: Born to Be Black, 02 September – 02 October. (South Africa and Mozambique)
The Amandla Freedom Ensemble’s follow up to the acclaimed debut album Bhekisizwe (Best Jazz Album: SAMA nominee) will host a month long Album Launch Tour across South Africa and in Mozambique. The tour features a line-up of jazz luminaries in the form of veteran Blue Notes drummer Louis Moholo, Andile Yenana on the ivories and Salim Washington (US) on reeds. Born To Be Black is a vision which encompasses the echoes of South African township groove and no-holds-barred freedom alongside vibrant and mesmerising chants of the drums. In the rich jazz history of old lions making inspired new music with a young ones, ‘Born To Be Black’ is in every way a proclamation of South African musical history.
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Project Grant Recipient: Kugoma -Forum de cinema de Curta-metragem Mocambique
Project Title: KUGOMA no ÌNDICO 7 – 12 September. (Mozambique)
This year KUGOMA Short Films Forum (Maputo) will manifest its 7th edition. As part of KUGOMA’s ambition to strengthen networks with other short film festivals of the Indian Ocean, links were established in 2013 involving the screening of films in Madagascar and Mauritius. This year KUGOMA produces a compilation of 6 Mozambican short films called “MozCurtas #01” with subtitles for the Indian Ocean festival network, and promotes professional meetings between young directors in a new effort to make visible the films being produced in these countries, both in the region and in festivals globally.
Project Grant Recipient: African Tree Productions
Project Title: The System – INTWASA Arts Festival KoBulawayo 26 September – 01 October. (Zimbabwe)
The System is a multi-award winning South African production, produced by African Tree Productions, it will be part of the 2016 INTWASA Arts Festival KoBulawayo in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The five member ensemble, won the Standard Bank Ovation Award at National Arts Festival 2015 in Grahamstown, South Africa, and it won the Best Script and best Director‘s award at the Gauteng premier Ishashalazi Festival in 2012. The production was part of the Edinburgh Fringe festival 2013 where is received 4 to 5-star media reviews and late that year, the show was invited to be part of the State Theatre’s Mzansi Fela Festival in Pretoria, South Africa. In 2014 the production was invited as a guest show at the Wan Smolbag 25th Anniversary International Theatre Festival in the South Pacific Islands of Vanuatu. The production was also invited to participate at the New York City Fringe Festival, but due financial constraints, was unable to travel to New York, US.