This month a performance and art showcase promoting cultural diversity and integration between South Africans and Wandsworth residents will take place at a local music academy.
World Heart Beat Music Academy is to stage musical, literary and artistic events revolving around the philosophies and impressions of late South African leader Nelson Mandela this week.
The concert and exhibition will showcase how musicality and art can be used to advocate similar views to those of Mandela. The World Heart Beat Academy believe music is able to form unity despite cultural, economic, political and linguistic differences.
Sahana Gero, founder and director of World Heart Beat Music Academy, said: â€œIt is fast becoming a place of music excellence in the bloodstream of the nation. We teach our children that music has the power to change our lives for the better. Music can also bring a community together.”
In line with these beliefs Gero promises “a concert for everyone to enjoy, celebrating the significance of Nelson Mandela and the value of all people in society”.
The show will be directed by jazz pianist Trevor Watkis and the young musicians of the academy will be performing a diverse range of music genres including jazz and reggae. There will be visual accompaniments to the show.
A presentation by Alex Pascall OBE will feature in the line-up. Pascall has played a role in bringing diversity to the UK mainly through the media and cultural events such as Notting Hill.
The event is part of the Wandsworth Art Festival and Fringe 2014. World Heart Beat Music Academy will also be holding an exhibition of the Madiba: A Schools Art Exchange project in conjunction with Wandsworth Museum throughout May.
Madiba: A Schools Art Exchange creates common ground between Wandsworth schools and children in South Africa through art. The pupils devised artwork and poems using Nelson Mandela’s quote, â€œDo not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again” as inspiration.
An exhibition of Paintings of Love, inspired by Nelson Mandela, will run from 7 to 16 May between 2pm and 8pm. After this the artwork will be sent to South Africa to be distributed by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.
The concert will take place on 13 May at the World Heart Beat Music Academy, 58 Kimber Rd, SW18 4PP at 7pm.
To book call 0208 870 3042.
Proceeds of both events will go to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.
More details on worldheartbeat.org