Members of Cape Town Opera
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Cape Town Opera Company's 'Mandela Trilogy'
11. Members of Cape Town Opera
The second act of Mandela Trilogy deals with Mandela’s life in the environs of the city and it’s here that different types of music come into play. Writer Michael Williams explained: “When he gets to Johannesburg, it’s the 1950s. It’s the music of Miriam Makeba, it’s the music of Hugh Masakela, it’s the jive, it’s the American influence of jazz and blues coming in to the townships,” elaborates Williams. “It just seemed to me that the second act would become a jazz musical that looks at his life as a lawyer and his relationships with three different women.”