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  • Carnegie Hall Presents
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  • WRH Weill Recital Hall

UBUNTU: Voice of South Africa

Artists Abdullah Ibrahim, Dizu Plaatjies, William Kentridge, and others talk about the voice as a unifying element among South Africa's exhilarating diversity of sounds.

WithUBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival less than a month away, we will continue to post videos that explore the many threads that make up South Africa's vibrant culture.


Madala Kunene and Phuzekhemisi
Madala Kunene
Saturday, October 11 at 9 PM
Madala Kunene

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.

Pretty Yende
Pretty Yende
Monday, October 13 at 7:30 PM
Pretty Yende, Soprano
Kamal Khan, Piano

Pretty Yende earned standing ovations when she made her 2013 Metropolitan Opera debut in Rossini’s Le comte Ory. Of that performance, The New York Times said, “Her voice has a luminous sheen ... She delivered some of the most difficult coloratura passages with scintillating precision.”

Elza van den Heever
Elza van den Heever
Friday, October 24 at 7:30 PM
Elza van den Heever, Soprano
Vlad Iftinca, Piano

South African dramatic soprano Elza van den Heever won raves for her 2013 Metropolitan Opera debut as Elizabeth I in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. Now this remarkable singer displays her tremendous range and versatility in her New York recital debut, singing Handel arias and songs by Schumann, Brahms, Fauré, and three South African composers.

Elza van den Heever
Angélique Kidjo
Wednesday, November 5 at 8 PM
Angélique Kidjo and Friends
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—with Makeba’s supporting singers Zamokuhle "Zamo" Mbutho, Faith Kekana, and Stella Khumalo—in this tribute to a remarkable woman.