Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Presents a World’s Stage Production from South Africa!
Isango Ensemble’s The Magic Flute.
The Magic Flute will be performed 25-28 September 2014. Please click for more information.
“Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins’ Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera.”
Date: Thursday, August 28
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
The final installment of Made in Chicago doubles as opening night of the Chicago Jazz Festival, with saxophonist Dawkins convening musicians from Chicago, South Africa and England. “Music is a great blessing. It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice.” – Nelson Mandela
For the official opening-night show of the Chicago Jazz Festival – and the finale of this year’s Made in Chicago concert series – local composer, saxophonist and AACM veteran Ernest Khabeer Dawkins has created a work in honor of the late South African president that promises to do many of the inspiring things Mandela said music could do.
“Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins’ Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera” will unite jazz musicians from Chicago, London and South Africa to celebrate their shared role in sounding the alarm against apartheid and helping energize the freedom movement. In basking in the dream of equality for all, the work will celebrate not only Mandela, great champion of human rights, but also the two heroic women in his life: Winnie Mandela, his first wife, and Graça Machel, his widow.
Their activist spirit will flow through the soulful, stirring vocals of Dee Alexander, who no doubt will also channel another woman who played an important role in the struggle, singer Miriam Makeba. Long treasured by locals, Alexander exploded into the national consciousness last year on NPR’s “JazzSet” program with her amazing tribute to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. Her breaking of barriers certainly will resonate on this special occasion.
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A Reasonable Man
Dir. Gavin Hood
South Africa, 1999
Presented by the 50th Chicago International Film Festival and the South African Consulate in Chicago.
In rural Zululand, a city lawyer decides to take the case of a local herd boy who has killed a one-year-old baby in the belief that the infant was, in fact, an evil spirit. Central to the case is the boy’s unshakable faith in the tikoloshe, a creature thought to be responsible for infertility and other evils in the community. In this thrilling crime drama, writer, director, and actor Gavin Hood presents a visually splendid, complex portrait of the disparate cultures that enrich and, at times, divide the communities that make up South Africa.
**In 1999 A Reasonable Man was an Official Selection of the 35th Chicago International Film Festival.
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On 12 August 2014, the Chicago Trade Office met with Ms. Lisa Packer, the representative for the Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum. South African Citrus was being exhibited at the Midwest Produce Expo by two importers. The Consul Economic, Ms. Donnadelliah Maluleke, attended the show and met with the importers of SA products.
The South African Consulate in partnership with the Metropolitan Club of Chicago and Wines of South Africa hosted a special seminar at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago on 5 June 2014 showcasing South African Wine! This Wines of South Africa Masterclass was led by a special guest, Mr. Jim Clark of Wines of South Africa (http://www.wosa.us/).