Carnegie Hall Presents

UBUNTU: Traditional Music

Many of the musical threads that are celebrated in UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa are deeply rooted in tradition. This series presents outstanding musicians who keep tradition alive with their revelatory performances. Madala Kunene and Phuzekhemisi perform maskandi music, popularly known as the “Zulu blues,” while Young Stars: Traditional Cape Malay Singers and the David Kramer Band share folk music from the Cape region. The beautiful music of the Xhosa people and other South African traditions get the spotlight when Dizu Plaatjies and his group Ibuyambo make music that’s pure, proud, and unforgettable.

Madala Kunene
Phuzekhemisi

David Kramer Band
Young Cape Malay Stars

Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo

Madala Kunene
Phuzekhemisi

Zankel Hall
Saturday, October 11, 2014 | 9 PM

Performers

Madala Kunene
Phuzekhemisi
A pair of masters from KwaZulu-Natal headlines a double bill that showcases two aspects of contemporary Zulu maskandi music, often dubbed the “Zulu blues.” Madala Kunene and his quintet draw on the spiritual aspects of the style, while Phuzekhemisi performs exuberant, high-energy music with singers and dancers in traditional attire.

Part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.

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"Ulimmat"

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Madala Kunene, Zulu Guitar | Lungiswa Plaatjies, Nyungwe
Sheer Group

David Kramer Band
Young Cape Malay Stars

Zankel Hall
Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 9 PM

Performers

David Kramer Band
Young Cape Malay Stars
Moeniel Jacobs, Music Director
The fascinating folk music from the Cape region of South Africa is explored by two groups in this concert. Composer, guitarist, singer-songwriter, and tireless champion of Cape musical traditions, David Kramer performs with a lineup of top musicians from Cape Town. New York audiences also have a rare opportunity to hear a Cape Malay choir—the Young Cape Malay Stars, a 15-voice male choir led by Moeniel Jacobs. They perform music from Cape Town that combines Dutch folk songs and Afrikaans comic songs with colorful inflections and ornaments from vocal traditions as far afield as Malaysia, Arabia, and East Africa.

Part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.

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"Weeskind"

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David Kramer Band

Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo

Zankel Hall
Saturday, November 1, 2014 | 9 PM

Performers

Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo
Traditional-instrument maker and master Dizu Plaatjies and his group Ibuyambo perform stunningly beautiful music of the Xhosa people and of other Southern African traditions. Plaatjies and Ibuyambo make music that is pure, proud, fascinating, and unforgettable.

Part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.

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"Imihla Yakudala"

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Dizu Plaatjes | Ibuyambo Ensemble
EMI