UBUNTU: MUSIC AND ARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA
A CITYWIDE FESTIVAL EXPLORING
SOUTH AFRICAN ARTS & CULTURE
October 8 to November 5, 2014
WEEK TWO OF CARNEGIE HALL’S MONTH-LONG CITYWIDE FESTIVAL
FEATURES CONCERTS PLUS EDUCATION AND FAMILY EVENTS
Jazz Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim Performs in 80th Birthday Celebration on Friday, October 17;
Ibrahim Leads a Master Class for Young Musicians on Saturday, October 18,
Featured in Free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert in Harlem on Monday, October 20
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Performs Voices of South Africa on Saturday, October 18,
Returns for Carnegie Hall Family Concert for Ages 5–12 on Sunday, October 19
Carnegie Hall’s month-long, citywide UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival enters its second week on Friday, October 17 at 8:30 p.m., when renowned South African pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim performs a solo concert in Zankel Hall coinciding with his 80th birthday. A fearless champion of the Cape jazz tradition and widely hailed as one of the genre’s greatest exponents, Ibrahim passionately railed against the apartheid regime both in his music and in action. He spent decades in exile from South Africa and also recorded Mannenberg Is Where It’s Happening, what would become known as an unofficial anthem for black South Africans about the notorious clearing of a creole working class township—home to many artists and musicians—by the Apartheid regime. Ibrahim was invited to return to South Africa by Nelson Mandela after he was released from prison in 1990.
In addition to his solo performance in Zankel Hall, Ibrahim leads a master class for young professional jazz musicians presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute on Saturday, October 18 at 5:00 p.m. in Carnegie Hall’s new Resnick Education Wing. He also gives a free performance at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem with members of his trio, the septet Ekaya, and his big band on Monday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. as part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert series, presented by the Weill Music Institute.
The UBUNTU festival continues on Saturday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m. when multiple Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs a program entitled Voices of South Africa in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage alongside special guest artists including the six-woman South African and African American a cappella vocal ensemble, Thokoza, and backed renowned South African bassist Bakithi Kumalo’s band. Known for singing in the Zulu men’s a cappella style known as isicathamiya, Ladysmith Black Mambazo was formed in the early 1960s when they won a number of singing competitions in South Africa before rising to international prominence in the mid-1980s. The group takes its name from Shabalala’s hometown of Ladysmith, with black being a reference to oxen and mambazo being the Zulu word for “chopping axe”—a symbol of the group’s ability to chop down any singing rival that might challenge them.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo returns the following afternoon on Sunday, October 19 at 1:00 p.m. for a lively Family Concert in Zankel Hall presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. The concert is designed for children ages 5-12, and features a pre-concert activity presented by Charlotte Blake Alston in the Resnick Education Wing starting at noon.
Carnegie Hall’s UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival takes place from October 8 to November 5, 2014, and features an exciting array of events to be presented at Carnegie Hall and partner venues throughout New York City, inviting audiences to explore the incredibly dynamic and diverse culture of South Africa. For a complete festival press kit, please click here.
Throughout the UBUNTU festival, an exhibition in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall lobby, entitled Johannesburg in Print, celebrates the expression of South Africa’s visual arts community through the medium of printmaking. The displayed works were created in the city of Johannesburg and highlight the vibrant David Krut Print Workshop, which has fostered a creative community of emerging and established artists in South Africa for more than a decade.
UBUNTU extends throughout New York City, with festival programming at leading partner cultural institutions featuring music, dance, film, visual arts, panel discussions, and more. For a complete schedule, visit carnegiehall.org/SouthAfrica.
UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa
“In creating the UBUNTU festival, we were inspired by the cultural life of this incredibly diverse country,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “It is a nation with a dynamic, often surprising culture like no other—the birthplace of larger-than-life musical presences like Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim, and now, a seemingly endless array of vocal talent from every corner of the country. Our festival also comes twenty years after the first free elections in South Africa, an anniversary made even more resonant by the recent passing of Nelson Mandela. The country’s landscape continues to evolve, and this makes for fascinating explorations throughout the arts.”
Dedicated to Mr. Mandela’s legacy, the UBUNTU festival features Carnegie Hall performances by artists representing different musical traditions, including concerts paying tribute to notable South African icons and milestones. In addition to showcasing world-renowned South African musicians who are beloved the world over, festival programming will also provide a window for audiences into many kinds of South African music that may be less well-known: the powerful spirituality and dynamism of the maskandi music of the Zulu people, music from the Cape region including a Cape Malay choir and folk musicians from remote regions of the Karoo desert, and two thrilling generations of South African jazz artists. In addition, two critically-acclaimed South African classical vocalists will make their New York recital debuts as part of the festival. Looking beyond performances at Carnegie Hall, the UBUNTU festival will extend citywide through events at prestigious partner organizations, with programming showcasing visual art, film, and dance, as well as panel discussions featuring leading social and political voices on the significant cultural issues.
UBUNTU partners include: African Film Festival Inc.; Anna Zorina Gallery; Apollo Theater; David Krut Projects; Flushing Town Hall; Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture at Hostos Community College; Jazz at Lincoln Center; The Juilliard School; Keyes Art Projects; Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History; Marian Goodman Gallery; Mark Borghi Fine Art; The New Victory Theater; New York City Center; The New York Public Library; The Paley Center for Media; Queens College, City University of New York; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Ubuntu Education Fund; Weeksville Heritage Center; and the World Music Institute.
Carnegie Hall has launched a special UBUNTU festival website, carnegiehall.org/SouthAfrica, which will feature information on festival events, interviews with artists, videos introducing the music being performed, and other content designed to illuminate festival offerings. For a video overview of the festival, please click here.
UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa
Friday, October 17 at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $49, $60
Saturday, October 18 at 5:00 p.m.
Workshops and master classes are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
Saturday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m.
VOICES OF SOUTH AFRICA
Sunday, October 19 at 1:00 p.m.
A pre-concert activity for ticket-holders will take place one hour before the performance in the Resnick Education Wing. Space is limited, and reservations are required.
Tickets: $12, $18
Carnegie Hall Family Concerts are made possible, in part, by endowment gifts from The Irene Diamond Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund.
Thanks to New York City Department of Homeless Services for supporting young fathers and their families at this concert.
Monday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts are sponsored by Target®.
Tuesday, October 21 at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 21 at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 16 at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, October 29 at 3:30 p.m.
Presented by The New York Public Library in partnership with Urban Stages.
Additional support is provided by the Mai Family Foundation, South African Tourism, and South African Airways.
UBUNTU is held in collaboration with the South African Consulate General in New York in celebration of South Africa’s 20 years of freedom and democracy.
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Photo of Abdullah Ibrahim by Ines Kaiser; photo of Ladysmith Black Mambazo by Luis Leal.