Freedom Day: South Africa
Freedom Day on April 27, 2014, marks the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s first post-apartheid democratic elections in which everyone age 18 and older of any race was allowed to vote. From this election in 1994, Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa.
"Few of us could suppress the welling of emotion, as we were reminded of the great possibilities that we now have; and the bright future that beckons us."
—Nelson Mandela, on the first anniversary of Freedom Day
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 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.
Watch Dizu Plaatjies, David Kramer, Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Angélique Kidjo introduce UBUNTU.