Johannesburg, South Africa
121 Bree Street – Newtown
31st August- 12th December 2012
open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 09h00 to 17h00
This exhibition is the first international exhibition dedicated to Black Music in South Africa, hosted at the Museum Africa in Johannesburg.
The exhibition will take place from the 31st August to the 12th December within the temporary exhibit spaces. The Museum Africa is the most important museum in South Africa dedicated to African history and cultures.
From the epic poems of the Manding griots to the melodic songs of the Mississippi Delta bluesmen. From the bars of New Orleans to the Manhattan clubs where the jazz odyssey began. From the streets of Memphis to Detroit, home to Motown’s rhythm ‘n’ blues and then techno. From the original Yoruba rhythms to the birth of afrobeat in Lagos. From Havana to New York’s Spanish Harlem where salsa was born. From calypso melodies in Trinidad to samba and bossa-nova in Rio. From the Kingston neighbourhoods where ska and reggae appeared, to the empty lots of the Bronx where hip hop emerged. Continue reading
An extraordinary, worldwide epic ; a global achievement
Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, Fela Kuti, Ali Farka Touré, Miriam Makeba, Jay Z, Public Enemy, Gilberto Gil, Cesaria Evora, Hugh Masekela, Keziah Jones, Youssou N’Dour, Mory Kante, Salif Keïta, Ismaël Lo, Danyel Waro, Christine Salem, Ladysmith Black Mambazo…
So many names, so many artists, so many heroes who created an exceptional artistic adventure and one of the most vibrant and profound forms of expression of the 20th Century: Black Music.
For our exhibition, we have created an immersive introduction to the story of black music. You are invited to follow a route through five major zones: The Sacred Figures of Black Music, Mama Africa, The Birth Of The Black Atlantic, The Black Americas and Global Mix.
Enjoy your journey
At the museum entrance, visitors are invited to pick up an Androïd Smartphone. The terminal comes with headphones. The application use is very simple and and launches with one click.
The Exhibition is presented by the Pôle Régional des Musiques Actuelles de la Réunion, with the support of the European Union and the Reunion Island Region.
French Season in South Africa 2012
The France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013 are an initiative conceived and facilitated by the governments of the two countries to give the people of France and South Africa an opportunity to understand each other better through cultural, scientific, sport, education and business engagement.
The French Season in South Africa runs from June to November 2012 and comprises more than 100 exhibitions, performances, film screenings, literary events, workshops, conferences and round tables.
The South African Season in France will take place from May to December 2013.
The Black Music Worldwide Exhibition is presented by the Pôle Régional des Musiques Actuelles de la Réunion with the support of the European Union and the Reunion Island Region, in association with Breakout Management.