The Liberation Project is driven from South Africa and features a unique collaboration of musicians mainly from South Africa, Italy and Cuba who have joined forces to celebrate their liberation struggles from various different corners of the world with the main focus being on music from South Africa, Italy and Cuba. Musicians from France, La Reunion, Guinea, Burundi, the USA, Brazil and the United Kingdom have also contributed.
Throughout history, music and protest songs have inspired and celebrated social change. Apartheid was a system of racial segregation in South Africa enforced through legislation by the National Party (NP) which was the governing party from 1948 to 1994. Under apartheid, the rights, associations, and movements of the majority black inhabitants and other ethnic groups were limited and white minority rule was maintained. Music united South Africans at a time where every other aspect of life was dictated by race and culture.
Music played a key role in both driving change and creating harmony during the Apartheid Regime. Music communicated messages through lyrics that had politically subversive meanings. It also allowed international audiences a view into the injustices suffered by the oppressed racial groups in South Africa. It is with great pride that this project offers us an opportunity to showcase our fight for liberation to the world.
  • I Can Hear My Papa Calling French Version - The Liberation Project
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The Liberation Project Events

17 - june - 2018
Rhumbelow Theatre
TIna’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Rd, Kloof
08:00 pm - 11:00 pm
17 - june - 2018
Soweto International Jazz Festival
Soweto Theatre
07:00 pm - 11:00 pm
23 - feb - 2018
Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Cape Town International Conference Centre
07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
25 - may - 2018
The Liberation Concert
Joburg Theatre
07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Latest Song

I Can Hear My Papa Calling
The Liberation Project. From the soon to be released album “Songs That Made Us Free”, “I Can Hear My Papa Calling” tells the story of Karim Franceschi, a young Italian activist who fought in the Syrian civil war as a volunteer for the People’s Protection Unit (YPG) against the Islamic State during the Siege of Ayn al-Arab. Karim believed he drew his strength from his father who had fought for the Italian partisans in the mountains of Tuscany.
Written by Neill Solomon, Phil Manzanera and Dan Chiorboli.

Band Members

Dan Chiorboli
Dan ChiorboliPercussionist & Producer
Neill Solomon
Neill SolomonComposer & Producer
Phil Manzanera
Phil ManzaneraProducer / Guitarist

New Album Out Now

The Songs That Made Us Free
I Can Hear My Papa Calling tells the story of Karim Franceschi, a young Italian activist who fought in the Syrian civil war as a volunteer for the People's Protection Unit (YPG) against the Islamic State during the Siege of Ayn al-Arab. Karim believed he drew his strength from his father who had fought for the Italian partisans in the mountains of Tuscany. Written by Neill Solomon, Phil Manzanera and Dan Chiorboli.

Why Music?

Music allows cross cultural collaboration and provides a voice for the powerless.  Music continues to play a key role in both driving change and creating harmony in South Africa. The projects objectives are to embrace the diversity and similarities between South Africa, Italy and Cuba in order to collaborate with like-minded individuals internationally to produce an album.

Social cohesion is the degree of social integration and inclusion in communities and society at large, to this extent the project plans to make a significant cultural impact through celebration of cultural difference and diversity as well as to break down the social barriers in South Africa and beyond. It will also contribute to the development of Nation-building a process whereby a society with diverse origins, histories, languages, cultures and religions come together within the boundaries of a sovereign state.

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