Roger Lucey performs his outstanding show "How To Build A House In The Mountains" for the first time in Johannesburg at the Foxwood Theatre, Houghton Estate.
A fantastic journey in song and stories the show also marks the 40th anniversary of Roger's first album "The Road Is Much Longer" and is told through the story of the house that he built in 1996/97 in BainsKloof and the songs that got him through those wild times. Not to be missed.
“It was an enthralling evening. An interesting story well told… a superb song-writer.” John Maythem – Actor, poet, broadcaster.
“There are only a few troubadours and writers in each generation, those souls who record and document an era, who say on behalf of us all, We also lived, We loved, We experienced pain, We were brave, We enjoyed living, We did extraordinary things, We will not be forgotten as long as these songs are sung or these poems are spoken. Roger is the epitome of the spirit of the new South Africa, His show is uplifting, poetic and inspiring and it’s not to be missed.” Graham Weir – Actor, playwright, musician.
“An amazing show. Your story is both honest and entertaining and linking the appropriate songs was perfect. I was just blown away.” Martin Petersen – Chair, Barleycorn Music club
“How to Build a House in the Mountains needs to be seen, felt and heard globally!” Monica Rorvik – Head Film & Media, Wesgro
MORE ABOUT ROGER LUCEY:
Roger Lucey started writing and performing songs in the mid-seventies in his hometown of Durban, South Africa. He had dropped out of high school and after being conscripted into the South African army for two years, earned a living as a taxi driver, crane driver on the Durban docks and a fitter on the oil refineries, all the while writing and singing in pubs and clubs around the city. From those early times, his songs reflected the social and political situation in the country and when he moved to Johannesburg at the end of the seventies he recorded his first album, “The Road is Much Longer.” The album was banned for possession and distribution and the security police launched a covert ‘operation’ to silence him. His second album “Half A Live” was also banned. The full story of those times only emerged a decade and a half later, when the policeman in charge of the ‘operation’ revealed the story to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Roger went on to work as a TV journalist covering the wars in Southern and East Africa and later in Madagascar, Bosnia, and Chechnya. He left the news industry after more than a decade to join ‘Theater for Africa’, an environmental theater company, producing two of his own plays and acting, composing and playing music for many others.
He later joined eTV, as editor and presenter of a nightly arts/news program. He was awarded the Arts and Culture Trust Award for his work in publicizing the arts in South Africa. He has conducted several courses in television journalism and documentary production in the SADC countries and in SA. In May 2010 he graduated as valedictorian from Duke University’s Graduate Liberal Studies program. His final project, an autobiography Back In From The Anger was published in 2012 and was nominated for the Alan Paton award for non-fiction. He taught for two years at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, during which time he performed several concerts in the USA. At the time his work was featured in the inaugural exhibition at the Museum of Modern Culture in Gotteburg, Sweden. He returned to eTV to work on major documentaries on Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.
He was a featured artist at the Incroci de Civilta literary festival in Venice and the Vicenza Poetry festival in 2016 and toured Italy, Sweden and Denmark in the same year. His work is the subject of doctoral theses at universities in Venice, Vienna, and Rhodes University. In 2016 he received a lifetime achievement award at the South African Music Awards as well as the Moshito award for his contribution to South African music.
Roger now lives in Napier, Western Cape where he continues his work as a songwriter.