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Carnegie Hall to Present South African Music Festival in Fall

Performers to include Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, Angelique Kidjo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Hugh Masekela
Angelique Kidjo

Carnegie Hall in New York City will present UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa, a three-week festival, from Oct. 10-Nov. 5. The festival will take place at Carnegie Hall itself, as well as several other venues in the city.

Among the features artists scheduled are trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Hugh Masekela and vocalist Vusi Mahlasela, who will be joined by guest artists for Twenty Years of Freedom, a program celebrating the anniversary of 20 years of democracy in South Africa (October 10). Additional festival highlights include vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Voices of South Africa, exploring the central role the voice plays in South African music (October 18); vocalist Angélique Kidjo celebrating the South African cultural icon Miriam Makeba in Mama Africa (November 5); visual artist William Kentridge hosting an evening of his short films with live musical accompaniment (October 27); and pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim, in a solo concert coinciding with his 80th birthday (October 17). Ibrahim will also lead a master class for young jazz musicians, presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (October 18).

Other events are also planned. For more information and updates, visit Carnegie Hall/South Africa or call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

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