Recording, interviewing and filming sessions called Shosholoza (meaning ‘go forward’) of music from South Africa’s notorious Robben Island prison (which held Nelson Mandela for 18 years) are now scheduled for 10 days in April 2013 in Johannesburg.
This music, never before recorded by apartheid prison veterans, will be performed in a recording studio by a group of former political prisoners of Robben Island from the Pretoria area. This was music crucial to their survival during years of imprisonment for daring to defy an apartheid regime.
A percentage of funds raised for Shosholoza will go towards supporting a self-sustaining chicken farming project set up by this group of Robben Island men, see “Making A Difference” for more details.
Shosholoza will be filmed by the international film maker Ted Bogosian and photographed by the South African Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Greg Marinovich.
Award-winning documentary film maker and television producer, Ted Bogosian, has been directing, producing and writing long-form documentaries since 1978 and collaborating with the Levinson/Fontana Company on network episodic drama and independent films since 1997. Bogosian is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, serves an an elected representative on the DGA‘s Eastern Director’s Council, chaired by Stephen Soderbergh, and was recently elected to serve an as Alternate member on the DGA National Board of Directors. He also serves on the DGA’s PAC, co-chaired by Taylor Hackford and Paris Barclay, and is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, East. He directed The Press Secretary about three days inside the Clinton White House, and he wrote, produced, and directed the twice Emmy-nominated Anatomy of a Homicide: Life on the Street. He has produced several major series for PBS, including Lost Treasures of Christianity, Running Mate, and War in the Wind and works with New York Times, HBO, Discovery, NBC, and Fox on film projects.
Greg Marinovich, born in South Africa in 1962, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and co-author of The Bang Bang Club, a non-fiction book on South Africa’s transition to democracy. He has spent 18 years doing conflict, documentary and news photography around the globe. His photographs have appeared in top international publications such as Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian of London, among others. He is chair of the World Press master Class nominating committee for Africa, and was a World Press Photo judge in 1994, as well as convenor of the FujiFilm awards in 2000. See www.gregmarinovich.com.
Shosholoza is dedicated to the memory of Sedick Isaacs and Lizo Sitoto, former Robben Island political prisoners and formidable veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle.