Nelson Mandela Tribute at Woodlands

Many of Columbus’s top jazz musicians will gather to say goodbye and thank you to Nelson Mandela at Woodlands Tavern, 1200 W 3rd Ave, at 8:00 pm on Martin Luther King Day, January 20th. Musicians will perform songs from the South African and American experiences in the struggle for freedom and human dignity.

Performers will include Roger Hines, Roger Myers, Brett Burleson, Ron Hope, Michael Cox, Debra James Tucker, Eddie Bayard, Michael Vander Does, Ron Holmes, Stan Smith, Mark Lomax III, Brian Olsheski, Vicki Saunders, N Michael Goecke, Keith Newton, Kevin Jones, Andre Scott, Tia Harris-Roseboro, and more. Local jazz groovers Fo/mo/deep will perform several songs as a band, but most of the evening will feature various combinations of musicians.

At least one song, “Nkosi Sikelel’I Afrika,” the South African National Anthem, will be performed by all the musicians. Other songs on the program include: Hugh Masekela’s “Mbombela” and “Bring Him Back Home,” John Coltrane’s “Song of the Underground Railroad,” the African-American National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and Sweet Honey in the Rock’s “Biko.”

Donations will be collected for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. This uplifting program is being produced by The Jazz Poetry Ensemble™ and the Kate Schulte Foundation.

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