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South African Drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo to Close Vision Fest

Famed South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo (pictured) will close out the Vision Festival XII on June 24 at 9 p.m. The Festival will take place at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk St., New York, N.Y., with a day of film screenings on June 17 and the live jazz performances kicking off on June 19. Moholo rose to prominence as a member of The Blue Notes, a South Africa-based multiracial band that was forced to leave the country in 1964 because of rising racial tensions in the region. After traveling and performing in much of Europe, Moholo settled in London where he played alongside other South African expats with the Brotherhood of Breath, a key part of the British free-jazz movement. He now resides in his native Cape Town and performs with his own groups Viva La Black and the Dedication Orchestra.

Moholo’s show at the 2001 Vision Festival marked his first concert in N.Y. since the 1960s. This year’s performance will reunite the 2001 ensemble, featuring Kidd Jordan on tenor sax, Dave Burrell on piano and William Parker on bass.

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