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Soweto Up+Rising

11.06.2012

This Saturday the BLK JKS are performing in Soweto with a few of their friends and of course we’ve got tickets to hand out. To score a double ticket to the event, all you have to do is tell us why you want to be there. Most worthy answers will win. Post your answer on our FB page and tag Mahala. Eeeeeeeasy!

Soweto UP+Rising 2012

The past few weeks will be remembered as a downward spiral of social unrest and division in our nations’ history. Old wounds were opened by callous remarks and much debate has occurred around race on social networks and media outlets in the run-up to the commemoration of the 36th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto Youth Up-rising.

As it was 36 years ago, where we go next can be determined by the youth of today. To this end we have conceptualised the “Soweto UP+Rising” event, to create an environment for social cohesion.

The performers were chosen with the goal in mind that they can bring together a cross-section of racial and cultural groups in a social environment; that will remind us all that the differences between us are by far outnumbered by our similarities.

The venue chosen is of historical reference, being the first night club opened in Soweto. Established in 1971 The Pelican in Orlando (in the same neighbourhood of the historical march we’re commemorating) was a night time haunt for those who chose to socialise across racial lines in the times of Apartheid.

And on June 16 2012 it will once again serve as host to those who choose to remember that their race need not determine their limitations.

Live bands and dj’s. BLK JKS, Impande Core, Battle Cock (PO box from Kwani Experience, and lead singer of “BLACK Pimping Jesus), Moonchild, Siya Shezi (Deep Soweto), Motsatsing (from Uju), Leo Large (dj from Durban), Yanda-C (plays Old Disco/House), House Kats (dj’s from Thesis Soweto)

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