Carnegie Hall Presents

The Originals

Daring, inventive, and always captivating—these are the qualities that define an original. This series features the soulful South African voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Grammy Award–winning vocalist Angélique Kidjo celebrating the life and music of iconic South African singer and political activist Miriam Makeba; and the radiant Audra McDonald, winner of five Tony and two Grammy awards.

Series Events

Saturday, October 18, 2014 | 8 PM
Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Friends
Voices of South Africa
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage


  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Thokoza
  • Bakithi Kumalo Band
  • Shabalala Rhythm
  • Maqhinga Radebe
  • and Dave Matthews
Baba wethu singenile (O Father, we are here)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
2013 Network World
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | 8 PM
Angélique Kidjo and Friends
Mama Africa: A Tribute to Miriam Makeba
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage


  • Angélique Kidjo
  • with Special Guests:
    Ezra Koenig
  • Vusi Mahlasela
  • Laura Mvula
  • and Faith Kekana, Stella Khumalo, and Zamo Mbutho

  • Introductory remarks by Whoopi Goldberg
Angelique Kidjo, Vocalist
Razor & Tie
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 8 PM
Audra McDonald
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage


  • Audra McDonald, Vocalist
  • Andy Einhorn, Music Director and Piano
  • Mark Vanderpoel, Bass
  • Gene Lewin, Drums
"First You Dream" by Kander and Ebb
Audra McDonald, Vocalist

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