Carnegie Hall Presents

UBUNTU: Legendary Performers

The UBUNTU festival celebrates the many musical threads that together make up South Africa’s vibrant culture. Iconic trumpeter and composer Hugh Masekela is joined by singer Vusi Mahlasela to sing freedom songs; world renowned Ladysmith Black Mambazo and friends celebrate the voice in South African music; and Grammy Award–winning singer Angélique Kidjo honors legendary singer and activist Miriam Makeba.

Hugh Masekela
Vusi Mahlasela

Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Friends

Angélique Kidjo and Friends

Hugh Masekela
Vusi Mahlasela

Twenty Years of Freedom

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, October 10, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Hugh Masekela
Vusi Mahlasela
Dave Matthews, Guest Artist
Somi, Guest Artist
Two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters and musical icons—legendary trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Hugh Masekela, and vocalist and songwriter Vusi Mahlasela—are joined by guest artists Somi and fellow South African Dave Matthews to celebrate 20 years of democracy and the end of Apartheid with a program of stirring freedom songs.

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Up Township (Live)

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Hugh Masekela
Sheer Sound CC

Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Friends

Voices of South Africa

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, October 18, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Thokoza
Bakithi Kumalo Band
Shabalala Rhythm
Maqhinga Radebe
and Dave Matthews
The voice is the soul of South African music. Few groups have shown this as passionately and joyfully as Ladysmith Black Mambazo. This multiple Grammy Award–winning vocal ensemble has toured and recorded with artists around the world. For this concert, they are joined by South African ensembles Thokoza, the Bakithi Kumalo Band, and Shabalala Rhythm, as well as guitarist Maqhinga Radebe.

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Baba wethu singenile (O Father, we are here)

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo
2013 Network World

Angélique Kidjo and Friends

Mama Africa: A Tribute to Miriam Makeba

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

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


Introductory remarks by Whoopi Goldberg
Grammy Award–winning vocalist Angélique Kidjo celebrates the life and music of iconic South African singer and political activist Miriam Makeba, known popularly as “Mama Africa.” Kidjo shared a close relationship with Makeba, studying with her and eventually performing with her in Paris and South Africa. Kidjo returns to Carnegie Hall special guests Ezra Koenig, Vusi Mahlasela, and Laura Mvula; Makeba’s supporting singers Faith Kekana, Stella Khumalo, and Zamo Mbutho; and introductory remarks by Whoopi Goldberg in this tribute to a remarkable woman.

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"Malaika"

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Angelique Kidjo, Vocalist
Razor & Tie