The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination. Brussels Jazz Orchestra commemorates his death with a musical production around the theme of human rights. We Have A Dream presents new arrangements of great pop, rock, soul and jazz songs. Singer Tutu Puoane, from Antwerp with South African roots, sings with a raised fist, an indictment – a call for justice.
Human rights and music somehow share a mutual attraction. Songs protesting slavery and war and pleading for equality are interwoven with the history of music of past centuries. Blues, reggae, folk, rock, hip-hop and jazz are beloved genres for songs about injustice, and even Beethoven was protesting against the war with his Ode to Joy. Frank Vaganée and Tutu Puoane searched through their record collections and selected their personal favourites from the rich tradition of the protest song. From Stevie Wonder to Marvin Gaye, from Nina Simone to Sting, from Rod Stewart to Donny Hathaway, each and every one is a powerful song about injustice, oppression or inequality.
Tutu Puoane about We Have A Dream:
"As a musician/artist, you sometimes wish that you can sing or write that one song that will wipe out racism, poverty, war and all injustices in the world. Sadly, songs can only shine a light on these matters but not necessarily change anything. We, musicians/artists, keep trying either way!”
About Tutu Puoane
Singer Tutu Puoane is from Antwerp but has South African roots. She is a fixture in the jazz landscape and has worked with many of the big names in the Belgian and international jazz scene. She has 7 albums to her name, and at least as many original productions, which often blend European, American and South Africa traditions. She has just been touring with her Joni Mitchell project, and has previously worked with Brussels Jazz Orchestra for the album Mama Africa (2011), which was critically acclaimed and won a South African Music Award.
The CD We Have A Dream was released in February 2018.
In coproduction with deSingel (Antwerp) and in partnership with Amnesty International.