Sounds of Celebration VIII will feature both South African as well as international stars and groups in a major online celebration. This annual collaboration between Education Africa and the Sydenham Shul will take place on Sunday 23 May 2021.
“The pandemic has forced us to re-think how we present Sounds of Celebration, and whilst this may be our eighth edition, I am so excited to introduce an entirely new global audience to this incredible international concert of social cohesion and the remarkable work undertaken by Education Africa,” says David Bloch, long-time patron of this project and this year’s director and producer.
The line-up includes Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Wouter Kellerman (pictured above), as well as the Vienna Boys’ Choir (Austria), Nina Oud (UAE), Gad Elbaz (USA), The Solomon Brothers (Israel), Gregory Maqoma (South Africa), Pops Mohamed (South Africa) and Justin Wilman (UK).
The concert will also feature special appearances by The Syrian Peace Choir (Germany), The Queen Victoria School Pipe Band (Scotland), The Peace Drums Project (Israel) and The Urdang Academy (UK). In addition, Sounds of Celebration fans will recognise returning friends and performers Choni G, Yudi Cohen and Neville Smith. Finally, the concert presents Education Africa Marimba Hub Bands from Goede Hoop, Masibambane College, John Wesley Community Centre and The Dominican School for the Deaf performing alongside King David Linksfield and the St Dominic’s Boksburg Steel Band.
For the past eight years, Education Africa and Sydenham Shul have partnered in an annual fundraising effort to support the ongoing sustainability of the 18 Education Africa Marimba Hubs. These are located in a wide number of disadvantaged schools and community centres, providing educator training and safe, creative spaces for learners.
The annual projects have traditionally culminated in a live concert comprising an ensemble of young South Africans celebrating social cohesion through music. This year’s online concert strives to shatter more barriers than ever before, transcending the constraints of place.
What: Sounds of Celebration VIII
Where and when: Online on 23 May 2021