By NONTOBEKO MTSHALI
Johannesburg – Fifty years ago on Sunday, Nelson Mandela stood in the dock during the Rivonia Trial.
He said: “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
Mandela and nine other men were on trial following a raid at Liliesleaf farm in Rivonia in July 1963.
The speech he made at the Pretoria Supreme Court has become a classic. It was commemorated on Sunday at Liliesleaf, which is now a heritage site.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who is chairman of the Liliesleaf Trust, and Rivonia Trial accused Andrew Mlangeni attended the commemoration.
Award-winning actor Sello Maake ka Ncube gave the speech on Sunday as it was delivered by Madiba in 1964.
Musician Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and his band also performed at the commemoration and sang political songs. They also lightened the mood with the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist’s legendary Burnout as well as jazz tunes.
Speaking to The Star on the importance of such commemorations, Liliesleaf chief executive Nicholas Wolpe said even though the speech was among the most important speeches the world icon ever gave, too little attention was paid to it and other similarly important historic moments.
He said Mandela’s speech, like Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech in August of that same year, were similar in context. Yet, in South Africa, there was very little interest in commemorating Mandela’s speech.
“Martin Luther King’s speech was covered the world over, including by the South African media. You couldn’t get away from news channels on that day… and here we are, we talk about supposedly the greatest 20th century icon, a leader, a man who inspired the whole world even in death, and most probably the most important speech that he ever gave, and there’s very little interest.
“If you think about the context of the speech, when it was given, what was said and you do a comparison between his speech and Martin Luther King’s speech, they’re very similar,” Wolpe said.
“The essence of that speech (by Mandela) goes to the root and the basis of our Struggle. It provided the platform to articulate to not only South Africa, but to the rest of the world, what the essence of our Struggle was all about and what we were trying to achieve, and the objective behind that Struggle. And that is why it’s important that we commemorate it.”
Wolpe said the fact there was little interest in commemorating this event meant it was not too far-fetched to believe that, 20 years from now, Mandela and the others, and what they fought for, would also fizzle out of memory.
He said some young people today were aware of OR Tambo only as the name of an airport, and associated Rivonia only with a main road in Sandton.
“If a speech that he gave 50 years ago is so easily forgotten, what is to say that Nelson won’t be forgotten?” Wolpe asked.
Chair Person of Music Exchange Sipho “Hotstix” to Perform at Liliesleaf to mark & commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s seminal statement delivered from the dock during the Rivonia Trial
03 February 2014
ENTERTAINMENT ECONOMY UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT
MUSIC EXCHANGE – South Africa’s premier music, film and entertainment programme returns to Cape Town City Hall four years running this time between the 7th and 8th March 2014.
Cape Town’s historic City Hall will host patrons, investors, musicians, students and peers for the fourth annual gathering of music, film and entertainment industry heavyweights.
MUSIC EXCHANGE promises forty-eight hours filled with cutting edge keynote addresses, lectures, collaborative breakout sessions, live events and provides the perfect platform for all participants to network and engage in global industry issues.
World renowned Tim Renner will present the keynote address. Awarded the World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow recipient Renner’s address promises to offer global insight on the latest economic trends in music markets. As Managing Director of Motor Music Renner has developed global iconic artists like Philip Boa, Tocotronic, Absolute Beginner, as well as Portishead, 2Pac, A*Teens, The Cardigans and German super group Rammstein. Besides selling a total of more than 15 millions albums the latter’s Sehnsucht album remains the most successful German language album to sell more than 500 000 copies. His radio-station, Motor FM, launched in 2004 is the second strongest German rock/alternative/indie/crossover website and the radio-station website.
No stranger to MUSIC EXCHANGE after wooing audiences at last year’s conference is International film composer Dr Trevor Jones and returns this time as a Board member to share even more of his wisdom and knowledge. Jones has composed over 120 projects for film and television. These include Excalibur, The Dark Crystal, Notting Hill, Runaway Train, Angel Heart, The Last of the Mohicans amongst many more Hollywood Blockbuster movies.
What delegates can look forward to at Music Exchange 2014
· Global insights on the latest economic trends in music markets in Europe by Tim Renner who was Awarded the World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow
· The inclusion of the film industry in the programme as part of our mission which is to build African and global partnerships across creative industries for the collective good of all players.
· A ground breaking addition to this year’s programme is the launch of the new Mechanical Rights Society CAPASSO
· The launch of the remix of Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse song “Jive Soweto recorded nearly30 Years ago by International Electronic Dance Music (EDM) UK pioneer Charles Webster
The MUSIC EXCHANGE Program is designed to assist artists in fast tracking their professional careers in facilitating engagement that offers a platform to stimulate co-action, exposure and recognition.
Some of our key success stories come from collaboration opportunities that have been initiated through the MUSIC EXCHANGE programme.
· The new SABC Generations theme song, launched in September 2013, was composed by International Film Composer Dr Trevor Jones and featuring Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse on saxophone.
· Charles Webster, the International EDM music producer, remixed and remade material he heard at MUSIC EXCHANGE.
· 3I publishers identifying space for two more music publications after attending the conference.
· R J Benjamin secured the 2013 keynote speaker to mentor the Idols Top 8.
· Evolver One and 7th Son met industry professionals at MUSIC EXCHANGE who went on to work both band’s product International.
Two days, jam-packed with the most committed and talented people in the entertainment industry today, MUSIC EXCHANGE is passion personified on a multitude of levels.
MUSIC EXCHANGE 2014 participants will include:
· An international record-label managing director.
· An International key Note Speaker named by the World Economic Forum as the Global Leader for Tomorrow.
· A top international electronic dance music executive.
· An international key note speakers who have worked and collaborated with the likes of U2 / Eminem / Shania Twain and Rammstein, David Bowie, Sting, Sinéad O’Connor, Charlotte Church, Britney Spears and Elvis Costello.
· An Internationally awarded Hollywood film composer.
· An international board member of MUSIC EXCHANGE who has been a jury member for BAFTA, the UK Mercury Music Prize and the International Film Festival of Flanders, Ghent and is Chair of Music at the NFTS. He has given lectures and master classes at the South African College of Music, Royal College of Music, The Film Music Conference at the National Film & Television Museum, The National Film Theatre, The British Academy of Film & Television Arts, The Soncinemad International Festival of Film Music, The Arts Council of Spain in Barcelona, The National Film & Television School, The Hay Festival, and the School of Sound Symposium in London.
· An international board member of MUSIC EXCHANGE who is a professor of history and politics at Oxford, the CEO of the Rhodes Trust , Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities developing with African colleagues the US$8 billion programme, Renewing the African University, Founder of Mandela Rhodes Foundation (MRF) together with Professor Jakes Gerwel.
· Film Studios.
· National and Regional Radio Industry representatives.
· Top producers and songwriters of commercial music.
· Top performing South African and international artists.
· Top South African and international artist managers.
· Licensing and collecting agents.
· Various revenue streams’ hosts and agents.
· Top music advocates and lawyers.
· Top executives involved in digital distribution.
· Physical distribution specialists.
· Publications and media executives.
· Sound engineering academies.
· Concert promoters and festival organisers.
· Live Music venues managers and owners.
· Touring – current acts touring South Africa and globally.
· Recording studio owners and managers.
· Top brand executives.
· International record label executives.
· Top image consultants.
· Top South African retailers.
· Key print and online media specialists.
If you are serious about your creative career come to MUSIC EXCHANGE, diarise 7 and 8 March 2014 at Cape Town City Hall.
Tickets are available through Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets countrywide, online at www.computicket.com, or by calling 0861 915 8000. R 220.00 per day or R 400.00 for two days.
For more information contact: Martin Myers
Mobile: +27 083 448 4475
November 25 2013 at 11:04am by Terri Dunbar-Curran
AS A young boy from District Six playing truant from school, Trevor Jones spent a lot of time in the cinema. Decades later, he suspects that those hours spent in the company of an alcoholic projectionist with a habit of dozing off on the job, led to his fulfilling career as a Hollywood film composer.
Inevitably the projectionist would allow the rods to burn down and the image on screen would fade, and so Jones developed an understanding of the relationship between the image and sound. “Film needs sound to give it that realism, and make it palatable,” he says, adding that music is a direct emotional line to the audience and that it helps to bring out the meaning in films.
His days of playing truant soon passed and Jones won a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied composition, orchestration, conducting, piano and organ. From there he went on to work at the BBC as a classical music reviewer. He also became the first composer to attend the National Film School in England.
Together with Music Exchange he will share stories from his rich career during a master class at the South African College of Music at UCT today and tomorrow from 10am to 5pm.
Jones has composed scores for films like Labyrinth, Brassed Off, The Last of the Mohicans, Cliffhanger,Notting Hill, From Hell and Around the World in 80 Days. His career has seen him work with directors Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Sir Ridley Scott, as well as performers David Bowie, U2, Sting, Britney Spears and Elvis Costello.
But he has never forgotten his beginnings and how as a teenager he left behind the world he knew to go in search of Hollywood. “I was a Kaapse skollie,” he laughs. “I only discovered consommé on the boat.” With little more than the clothes he was wearing, his adventure in England began. “The only way forwards was upwards,” he recalls.
“I wanted to be a film composer, and for a kid from District Six that was like wanting to be an astronaut. In hindsight it really was like aiming for the moon, but people did get to the moon – and I did get to Hollywood!”
At this point in his life he is focusing on giving back. He firmly believes that if it wasn’t for the opportunities he was given he could still be sitting on Chapel Street. “I’m not digging roads, building structures, or finding a cure for cancer. I’m in the entertainment world and that for me is such a privilege,” he says. “I’ve been so fortunate. I do feel I’ve had a very charmed life.” But he stresses that often it’s hard work that breeds success and that’s the message he hopes to pass on to the younger generation. “Yes, I’ve been lucky, but I did work extremely hard. What you put in you get out – investing in the bank of life.”
That desire to pass on what he’s learnt is one of the reasons he’s so excited by Music Exchange which brings together music industry figures to share their experiences and encourage others. This week’s master class gives him an opportunity to extend that dialogue.
Rather than spending the time “pontificating about the essence of film music”, how to write a score and elaborating on his own creative process, Jones aims to tailor the class to his audience. “My master classes are about the people that attend them. I want to know why you’ve come and what issues you need to address.”
During the course of answering questions he’s certain the structures in Hollywood, the technicalities of creating soundtracks and copyright laws will all “trickle out”, but his main focus is finding out what the group needs. “Depending on the questions, it could be deadly boring, hysterically funny, or a mine of information. I hope it’s the latter two,” he smiles. Either way, it’ll cover the glamour and glitz as much as the nuts and bolts of the industry.
Jones is spending more time working in Cape Town, explaining that for years he’s felt “deracinated”, but he’s beginning to feel rooted again. He believes film can give a huge injection to the local economy. He explains that once Hollywood was semi-desert. “Look at it now. It’s the fifth largest economy in the world. Why? Film!”
“We just need to be unblinkered and unfettered in the way we look at ourselves and our environment.” He adds that his generation need to rid themselves of the baggage that is holding them back and start taking pride in themselves and our future.
To book for the master class, call 083 448 4475.