Maxwell Theatre News
March 4, 2014
We close the 2013-2014 Lyceum Series on Thursday, March 27 with a concert and lecture by South African superstar Johnny Clegg. He is one of South Africa's most celebrated sons. He is a singer, a songwriter,
a dancer, anthropologist and a musical activist whose infectious crossover music,
a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms, has sold more than five million
Clegg, formed the first integrated rock band in South Africa and risked jail time in the 1970's for collaborating with black South African musicians. Their music was subjected to censorship and internal restrictions on the state-owned radio and their only way to access an audience was through touring. This brought them into conflict with Group Areas Act which enforced the geographical separation of race groups and their cultural facilities. In the late 1980's he released the song "Asimbonanga" which morned the silence from the long jailed Mandela. After he was released from prison Mandela joined Clegg on the stage in France for a performance of the song. At Mandela's passing Clegg released a short remembrance including the following passage:
"In the defining and tempestuous years of 1990 through to April 27th 1994 his leadership never gave the impression that he was overwhelmed by events ... A country in turmoil needs to feel that the Ship of State, riding the storm, is in good hands and he never gave us cause to doubt that the storm would pass and the country would be free. It is the qualities of tolerance and forgiveness however which stand out as his lasting legacy as well as the way he used these to unite the country both during and after his presidency."
In addition to his concert Johnny Clegg will speak on the role of music in resistance at 1 p.m. in University Hall room 170 on the Summerville Campus. This talk is free and open to the public.
Johnny Clegg's son Jesse Clegg will open the Thursday night concert at the Maxwell Theatre. Jesse Clegg is an alternative rock artist whose 2008 debut album, When I Wake Up, and his 2011 follow up, Life On Mars, have both made the 25-year-old a platinum-selling success in his home country. Come at 7:00 p.m. (NEW TIME) and don't miss any of this exciting evening.
Most of the events that take place in the Maxwell Theatre are free to current GRU students. GRU faculty and staff tickets are often discounted or available for free. Tickets for community members are available at reasonable prices. Please do not hesitate to call the box office with questions. The box office may be reached at 706-667-4100.
The Georgia Regents University Augusta
GRU Theatre in:
by Nina Raine
Thursday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Georgia Regents University Augusta
GRU Conservatory High School
Monday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
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