Performance Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 7:30 PM

A Distant Drum

Zankel Hall
Violinist Daniel Hope curates an original music theater production, joining forces with his father, writer Christopher Hope, founder of South Africa’s Franschhoek Literary Festival. Commissioned by Carnegie Hall and scheduled to premiere at PACOFS Theatre in Bloemfontein, South Africa, shortly before coming to New York, A Distant Drum is a portrait of Nat Nakasa, a brilliant, irreverent spirit of his generation, who left behind South Africa’s Apartheid of the 1960s for New York. Nakasa was a young writer who heard a different music and marched to a distant drum. Noted authority on South African music Andrew Tracey is musical supervisor, Ralf Schmid is music director and composer, and the outstanding ensemble of musicians and actors includes cellist Vincent Segal, best known for his collaboration with Sting; percussionist Jason Marsalis; and actors Nat Ramabulana and Christiaan Schoombie.

Part of My Time, My Music.


  • Daniel Hope, Artistic Director and Violin
  • Christopher Hope, Libretto
  • Ralf Schmid, Music Director, Composer, and Keyboards
  • Vincent Segal, Cello
  • Jason Marsalis, Percussion
  • Michael Olatuja, Bass
  • Andrew Tracey, Music Supervisor
  • Nat Ramabulana, Actor
  • Christiaan Schoombie, Actor
  • Themba Mkhize, Digital Choir-Recordings, South Africa
  • Mannie Manim, Producer and Lighting Design
  • Jerry Mofokeng, Director


    A Distant Drum (US Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)


UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa

Lead funding for UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa is provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, The Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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.
This performance is part of Non-Subscription Events, and South Africa Festival.

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