African Messiah is a new opera by the composer, Tunde Jegede, based on the themes and melodies of Handel's Messiah but seen through a uniquely African musical worldview. It is a piece that draws on African and European classical traditions as it follows the story of the messiah in parallel to the story of African people bringing together their music with baroque and opera for the first time.
African Messiah was curated by Yinka Shonibare for the Deloitte International Festival and premiered at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House. For more information on the project please visit: african-messiah.com
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