South Africa is a dizzying patchwork of cultures and languages with 11 official tongues, including isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sesotho, Afrikaans, and English. From this diversity emerges a dynamic and impassioned cultural life like none other on earth. Carnegie Hall salutes this vibrant nation with a festival called UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa. Roughly translating to mean "I am because you are," ubuntu is a philosophy from Southern Africa that emphasizes the importance of community, influencing recent moves of reconciliation
and inclusion in South Africa that were fostered by the late Nelson Mandela. Dedicated to Mandela’s legacy, Carnegie Hall's UBUNTU festival celebrates the many threads that make up South Africa’s vibrant musical culture.
Legendary trumpeter and composer Hugh Masekela is joined by singer Vusi Mahlasela in Twenty Years of Freedom. World-renowned singers Ladysmith Black Mambazo and guests are featured in Voices of South Africa.
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talents of these vocalists on the brink of major careers in the intimate
setting of Weill Recital Hall. This revelatory series features singers who have
cut their teeth at opera houses and concert halls throughout the US and Europe,
and includes alumni of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center—training
grounds that nurture blooming vocal talent and signify their stature as the
opera stars of tomorrow.