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UBUNTU: Cape Malay Choirs

Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and composer David Kramer explains the unique Cape Town tradition of Cape Malay Choirs.

Learn more about UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival and upcoming concerts.


 



David Kramer
David Kramer
Saturday, October 25 at 9 PM
David Kramer Band
Young Cape Malay Stars


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 and the Karoo desert. 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.