Over The Rainbow - South Africa Night



Ten years ago South Africa held its first democratic elections and the Rainbow Nation was born. Fergal Keane covered the elections as the BBC's correspondent there, and tonight he returns to South Africa to present - live from Cape Town - a unique evening of music, interviews and discussion to mark this anniversary of democracy in the fledgling nation. Legendary pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim performs live - just one of many artists reflecting on the cultural life of South Africa and speculating on its future. Other guests include actor, playwright and director of the Market Theatre of Johannesburg, John Kani, Justice Albie Sachs from South Africa's constitutional court, and one of the authors of its new constitution, plus writers Andre Brink, Antjie Krog and Zakes Mda. 7.45pm: The Rural Rainbow Abdullah guides us around a music project he has initiated in Stellenbosch. 8.00pm: Dancing the Rainbow A look at Kwaito, the sound that defines the nation's black youth. 8.05pm: Writing the Rainbow Discussing the role of fiction in post-apartheid South Africa. 8.45pm: Who is the Rainbow? Fergal looks at two social groups whose stories are not often heard. 9.25pm: Evita on the Rainbow Satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys reflects of the last ten years. 9.30pm: Intellectual Rainbow Has the new dispensation allowed true freedom of thought and expression? 9.40pm: Intsika Langa township's young Marimba band Intsika perform live. 9.55pm: Selling the Rainbow Ciraj Rassool questions if turning tourists into pilgrims is the most effective way to engage with the nation's history. Fergal Keane and guests assess the life, culture and people of South Africa in their first decade of democracy and how ideas that are emerging from it are shaping its future.