The next program in the series of Songs That Can Change the World will take place the weekend of April 27th-29th. We will immerse in the history and music of the South African Anti-Apartheid Movement, focusing primarily on the life and work of Nelson Mandela. The details are below, along with trailers of the two films we will be showing for free.
Friday April 27th 7:00-9:30 PM the film Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. (See the YouTube of the film’s trailer below.) The lead actors have been praised highly–Idris Elba has been called “a Mandela for all time.” The film itself does a better job than any of the documentaries of bringing alive the suffering and struggle, especially of Winnie Mandela. Common Sense media advises that children who see it be 15 or older because of the violence. You can read about it on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandela:_Long_Walk_to_Freedom
Saturday April 28th 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM We will pick up the history where the biography left off the night before, watching the popular Clint Eastwood film Invictus starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. We will also see some clips from the documentary film Amandla about the Freedom Songs of the anti-apartheid movement. We will learn and sing some of those songs that are sung most today in American churches, including Siyahamba, Thuma Mina, We Shall Not Give Up the Fight, and Freedom Is Coming (Oh Freedom). Supper will be provided. (Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to provide some of the food.)
Sunday April 29th The expanded choir will rehearse the South Africa freedom songs at 8:50 AM, and then sing them at 10:00 AM in worship accompanied by master percussionist Steve Ferraris who has performed them with the Thetford Chamber Singers. We invite anyone who knows and loves these songs to sing with us Sunday morning—please invite any you think would be interested.