Moreira Chonguiça on stage

Mozambican saxophonist Moreira Chonguiça will perform on Africa Day, Saturday May 25, at the Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Road, Tokai, at 8.30pm.  Moreira’s stage performance takes places in Gallery 8, with Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama’s installation Labour of Many – draping walls and floors with Hessian sacks – as the backdrop.  Chonguiça is joined by Mozambican bassist, Helder Gonzaga, as well as his Cape Town-based band, comprising Kevin Gibson, Camillo Lombard, Ronan Skillen and Angelo Syster.  Edna Jaime, a Mozambican dancer and choreographer performs energetic dance moves in a unique interpretation of some of Moreira’s pieces. This initiative is supported by an Ant Mobility grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).  Earlier in the day, Moreira will be conducting a workshop for Music Exchange (MEX), at Paul Bothner’s Plumstead branch, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Tickets for this cost R50 and can be purchased from Quicket. Africa Day is held on Saturday May 25 each year across the continent to mark the founding of the Organisation of African Unity – now known as the African Union – in 1963. Ticket prices range from R150 to R220 each. Dinner can be booked before the show from 6.30pm, with the show starting at 8.30pm.