INVITE TO PRESS: Free Music Concert with Simphiwe Dana, Thandiswa Mazwai and Iain "Ewok" Robinson for Israeli Apartheid Week [Tonight, Friday 14 March at 630pm]
Members of the media and press are invited to a free music concert this evening with multi award-winning artists Simphiwe Dana
, Thandiswa Mazwai
and Iain "Ewok" Robinson. The free music concert forms part of the 10h annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) currently underway in South Africa.
DETAILS OF FREE MUSIC CONCERT
DATE: Tonight, Friday 14 March 2014
TIME: Doors open at 18h30
VENUE: Wits University Great Hall, East Campus, Wits University, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
INFO: 0715028674 / 0842119988
HOSTS: Wits University Palestine Solidarity Committee, (Wits PSC), South African Artists Against Apartheid and BDS South Africa.
AS PART OF THE 10TH INTERNATIONAL ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK
Mthunzi Mbuli, Deputy Convenor of the Israeli Apartheid Week campaign in South Africa said: "This music concert is being hosted in the same internationalist spirit of the "Free Nelson Mandela" concerts and events that were held in other countries during the 1980s in opposition to Apartheid South Africa. In giving our solidarity to the Palestinian people, and their progressive Israeli allies, in the struggle against Israeli Apartheid, we are re-living our own history."
, with her unique combination of jazz, afro-soul, rap and traditional music, has been hailed as the "new Miriam Makeba". Dana is a longtime and vocal supporter of the Palestinian struggle and boycott of Israel. To arrange an interview with Simphiwe Dana contact 0715028674 / 0842119988
(born 31 March 1976, the year of the Soweto Uprising) is a multi-award winning South African musician, and is also the lead vocalist and songwriter of Bongo Maffin. She grew up almost entirely in Soweto, Johannesburg, amidst the heavy apartheid township violence of the 1980s. Both her parents were journalists and anti-apartheid political activists. She went on to attend Wits University where she studied English literature and International Relations.
Iain "Ewok" Robinson is a Durban based spoken-word and hip-hop artist. He is part of the South African Artists Against Apartheid collective. Last year "Ewok" released a music track, "Freedom For Us All", in support of the Palestinian struggle (click here
to watch on YouTube and click here
to download - the track can be aired free of charge). This year, to mark the 10th international Israeli Apartheid Week, "Ewok" has teamed up with fellow rapper Raheem Kemet to produce a new track titled "Intifada Intellect"(click here
to watch on YouTube and click here
to download - the track can be aired free of charge). To arrange an interview with Ewok contact 0840169432 / 0715028674 / 0842119988
In Cape Town tonight there will be panel discussion with the anti-apartheid struggle icon, former Robben Island prisoner and close friend to Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Khatrada. Kathrada will be joined by Qasam Barghouti, a former Palestinian political prisoner and son of jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti. The Cape Town event takes place at 18h30 at Jameson Hall, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town. Also in Cape Town, the movie "Martin Luther King in Palestine" will be screened at 20h15 at the Boorhanol Centre, Pentz Street, Bo-Kaap. In Durban tonight Miko Peled (the international author of "The Israeli Army General's Son") will speak at the Womens Cultural Group Centre, 222 Kenilworth Road, Overport at 7pm (please note change in time).