Arts and Culture commissions a New Dance and Song for the Twenty Years of Freedom Celebrations

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25 Apr 2014

The Department of Arts and Culture is pleased to announce that renowned choreographer and dancer, Somizi Mhlongo, was appointed to create the Freedom Dance. The dance is inspired by various high points in the past twenty years and includes the dance moves of the iconic late former President Nelson Mandela as well as encompassing his raised fist after his release, thobela dance moves and others.

Mhlongo and his team incorporated all these into one Freedom Dance routine. The Freedom Dance will be performed live by Mhlongo and his fellow dancers at the Freedom Day Celebrations.

In addition the Department of Arts and Culture has commissioned the recording of a special song as part of the 20 years of Freedom Celebrations. The song is a re-work of the Peace Song penned by the legendary Sello Chicco Twala and accompanied by younger artists.

The refrain of the song ‘’South Africa, we love you, our beautiful land’’ is as relevant and inspiring today as it was two decades ago. The video of the song will be played at the Freedom Day celebrations on 27 April at the Union Buildings.

For dance steps download link,

Enquiries: Mack Lewele 012 441 3083/ 082 450 5075