The Goethe-Institut is Proud to Support Meute
The Goethe-Institut is proud to support a regional tour by the German musical phenomenon MEUTE in partnership with the MTN Bushfire and Zakifo Festivals – proud members of the Igoda Southern African Music Festival Circuit. MEUTE is a ground-breaking brass ensemble that combines hypnotic driving techno and expressive brass band music, freeing electronic music from the DJ desk and overhauling the image of marching bands. After only two years on the scene, MEUTE has become one of Europe’s most-booked club and festival acts, and are increasingly extending their reach into the international music festival scene.
The MEUTE tour of Southern Africa will include concerts in Johannesburg, the MTN Bushfire Festival in Eswatini, and the Zakifo Festival in Durban. The concerts will straddle the weekend when the annual Africa Liberation Day is celebrated across the region. Africa Liberation Day, a multi-national holiday that commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963, has become a focal point and physical manifestation of the ideal of African Unity – a regional celebration of growing cultural exchange and awareness, transcending national borders on the continent, and contributing to the emergence of an authentic cultural identity into the fourth generation of the post-colonial African era.
The Regional Director of Cultural Programmes, Dr. Asma Diakité says ‘’As a cultural institution that bases its identity on the values of cultural exchange, solidarity between the peoples of the world, and support of the emergence of new cultural forms and expressions for a new time, it is the Goethe-Institut’s pleasure and honour to support this tour, which is a perfect fit to an Africa-wide celebration of liberation, pride, self-determination, optimism, love; and the continuation of the building of a cultural identity of African Unity, standing proudly and independently on the shoulders of the pioneers of this movement – Nkrumah, Cabral, Nyerere, Sankara, Césaire, Senghor, Tambo, Mandela and many others.’’
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