The musical will be first performed at New York’s Riverside Church on Nelson Mandela’s first birthdate since his death on 5 December 2013. Jazzical pianist and producer Joel A. Martin and internationally renowned South African producer Welcome Msomi will present the original musical production inspired by songwriter Stan Satlin’s Auratorio Americana, a choral work celebrating world peace and freedom. A drumming circle performing outside The Riverside Church will inaugurate the international Drums of the World originating from New York and Johannesburg, South Africa to countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Legendary Metropolitan Opera star Simon Estes, Tony/Emmy Award-winning Broadway actress Liz Callaway, gospel/jazz singer Jolie Rocke Brown and South African women’s a cappella group Thokoza will also perform.
Footsteps of Mandela caps International Mandela Day commemorative events, beginning with daytime proceedings at the United Nations General Assembly. The performance and HD broadcast will take place on Friday, 18 July, from the Riverside Church in New York, the same church Mandela visited in 1990 shortly after his released from prison.