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Monday, June 10, 2019


(Dan Chiorboli)

Presented by BPM Concerti in association with the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Rome, The Liberation Project’s Friendship & Solidarity Tour of Italy kicks off on July 9, 2019.

The tour features Phil Manzanera (UK/Cuba), N’Faly Kouyate (Guinea), Dan Chiorboli (South Africa), Neill Solomon (South Africa), Cisco Bellotti (Italy), Roberto Formignani (Italy), Tebogo Sedumedi (South Africa), Peter Djamba (Dem Rep of Congo), Kabelo Seleka (South Africa) and Lindi Ngonelo (South Africa).

The Liberation Project is driven from South Africa and features a unique collaboration of musicians mainly from South Africa, Italy and Cuba who have joined forces to celebrate their liberation struggles from various different corners of the world with the main focus being on music from South Africa, Italy and Cuba. Musicians from France, La Reunion, Guinea, Burundi, the USA, Brazil and the United Kingdom have also contributed.

Throughout history, music and protest songs have inspired and celebrated social change. Apartheid was a system of racial segregation in South Africa enforced through legislation by the National Party (NP) which was the governing party from 1948 to 1994. Under apartheid, the rights, associations, and movements of the majority black inhabitants and other ethnic groups were limited and white minority rule was maintained. Music united South Africans at a time where every other aspect of life was dictated by race and culture.

Music played a key role in both driving change and creating harmony during the Apartheid Regime. Music communicated messages through lyrics that had politically subversive meanings. It also allowed international audiences a view into the injustices suffered by the oppressed racial groups in South Africa. It is with great pride that this project offers us an opportunity to showcase our fight for liberation to the world.

The common thread and conceptualiser to this project is Dan Chiorboli, who, having been born in Ferrara, and grown up in South Africa during the Apartheid era, is all too familiar with the struggle that occurred on his door step. His passion for the subject and the music from both countries has led to a strong desire to collaborate with South African and Italian artists to produce an album representing both cultures and their independent journeys to liberation.

The acclaimed Triple CD Songs That Made Us Free featuring 142 musicians from 18 countries is available in South Africa from Just Music and in Europe from Xango Music

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