cultural news

"Madiba Le Musical," in tribute to Nelson Mandela performed in Algiers Opera

APS - 12 February 2017

ALGIERS- "Madiba Le Musical," a varied show combining music, songs and dance, has been performed Saturday night at the Algiers Boualem-Bessaih Opera in tribute to Nelson Mandela, leading figure of the struggle against Apartheid regime in South Africa.

Organized by the Algerian Agency for Cultural Influence (Aarc), the musical play directed by Belgian Pierre-Yves Duchesne, commemorates the 27th anniversary of the liberation of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), who became the president of South African Republic from 1994 to 1999, after 27 years in jail.

The show served up by a score of singers, dancers and comedians, puts the spotlight on the career of activist Nelson Mandela, evoking his struggle for tolerance, peace and cohabitation.

With African traditional songs "Zoulou" playing in the background, the show recounts an “impossible” love story between Helena, a white Afrikaner woman and William, a young black artist, who was victim of the Apartheid system.

At the end, the pair will manage to live together and in peace, thanks to Mandela resistance for justice and racial equality.

For Minister of Culture Azzedine Mihoubi, who was among the audience, the musical is a sign of recognition to a figure that marked the world by his activism and his principles, recalling that Mandela had received his military training in Algeria in 1962.

Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ramtane Lamamra and representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited to Algeria, attended the show.