The Embassy of Mexico hosted a classical guitar concert on the 3 November 2023 at the Musaion Hall at the University of Pretoria.

Mexico and South Africa established diplomatic relations on 27 October 1993. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this landmark event and the friendship and Cooperation between both countries, the classical guitar concert featuring both classical and traditional music, reflecting the diversity of both countries rich cultural and artistic heritage was perfect way to display the bilateral and multilateral cooperation of the two countries.
Mexico and South Africa share core values and goals: the promotion of democratic and progressive agendas, including the centrality of the multilateral system with the UN at its core, human rights and equality , sustainable development, addressing climate change ,and nuclear disarmament.

H.E Sara Valdes Bolano, welcomed Members of the Diplomatic corps, Ministers and honorable guests. The South African National anthem was performed by the Hatfield Square Choir.
The choir is the winner of the 2022/2023 Republica Student Living Central Clash of the Choires, and the Regional Repulica Choires competition.

Guests enjoyed performances by both Abri Jordaan of South Africa and Manuel Rubio of Mexico.

A connoisseur and lover of Latin American music for guitar, Abri Jordaan who is a composer, interpreter, scholar and promoter of the guitar has a MMus cum laude from the University of Pretoria enthralled the audience with his various pieces including a South African favorite folk tune, Sarie Marais.

This was followed with a performance by Manuel Rubio, founder of the School of Music at La Salle University of Cuernavaca. Born in Mexico City into a family of muscians, Manuel Rubio graduated with top honors. He has been the beneficiary of more than 25 awards from recognised national and international cultural institutions.
Since 1989, he has made numerous concert tours in the America’s, Europe and Asia.

The evening ended with a
magnificent performance by the Hatfield Square Choir.

By Marion Kate