P R E S S R E L E A S E S 2004
September 9, 2004
Lead Singer from Broadway's The Lion King in Concert in MASS MoCA's Club B-10
(North Adams, Mass.) Lead vocalist in the Broadway version of The Lion King and one of two men behind the Obie Award-winning drama Woza Albert!, Lucky Ngema will perform in MASS MoCA's Club B-10 as part of the museum's Alternative Cabaret series on Saturday, October 9, at 8 P.M. Ngema and his nine-piece band come to MASS MoCA as part of a South African weekend in celebration of the tenth anniversary of a free South Africa. Africa Sounds described Ngema saying he "represents the fullness of South African culture, expressed through the deep rhythms of his music."Ngema will play a high energy blend of traditional South African music and AfroPop. His nine-piece band, which includes drums and horns, will fill the Club B-10 with a raucous sound. Lucky Ngema was one of the primary musicians behind the Broadway smash The Lion King. Along with Patrick Ssenjovu, he also created and performed Woza Albert!, the Obie Award-winning drama which includes music, dance, and mime and dramatizes questions asked of Jesus Christ by those suffering under apartheid. Together the duo performed the drama in such renowned venues as the American Museum of Natural History's Kaufmann Theater and the Minor Latham Playhouse. His works also include the original ensemble of Sarafina, Magic at 4am, and Egoli (SABC), and he is the Director of Bergville Stories. As part of the South African weekend, MASS MoCA will also screen Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation, on Thursday, October 7, at 8 PM. This 1996 Academy Award-nominated documentary was directed by Angus Gibson who will attend the screening and participate in a post-screening discussion about his film and how art can be a catalyst for social change. Tickets for Lucky Ngema are $6. MASS MoCA members receive a 10% discount. Tickets are available in advance through the MASS MoCA Box Office located off Marshall Street in North Adams from 11 A.M. until 5 P.M. (closed Tuesdays). Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111.
MASS MoCA, the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the United States, is located off Marshall St. in North Adams on a 13-acre campus of renovated 19th-century factory buildings.
For Immediate Release