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Carnegie Hall Family Concert: My City, My Song

Saturday, May 12, 2018 3 PM Zankel Hall
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New York City–based artists perform in My City, My Song, a colorful, participatory experience that provides children with the opportunity to discover music from different parts of the world that can be found right in their own city. Sofía Rei and Sofia Tosello sing Argentine folk songs from both urban and rural traditions. Martha Redbone shares Native American music and dance, blending these traditions with elements of blues and funk. Sbongiseni Duma and Tshidi Manye explore the unique harmonies and percussive sounds of South African Zulu music. Free pre-concert activities take place in Zankel Hall one hour prior to the performance.
For ages 4–8


Sid Solomon, Host

Sofía Rei, Vocals, Charango, Caja Vidalera, and Bombo
Sofia Tosello, Vocals
Eric Kurimski, Guitar
Jorge Roeder, Bass
Tupac Mantilla, Percussion

Martha Redbone, Vocals and Hand Percussion
Soni Moreno, Vocals and Hand Percussion
Charlie Burnham, Violin and Vocals
Aaron Whitby, Piano

Sbongiseni Duma, Vocals and Percussion
Tshidi Manye, Vocals
Horace “Junior” Wedderburn, Percussion
Wendyam “JJ” Roamba, Bass
Mduduzi Madela, Guitar


TRAD. "La Cocinerita"
"Chacarera del Rancho"
TRAD. TRADITIONAL "Social Dances (arr. Martha Redbone)"
TRAD. TRADITIONAL "Thula Mdwana" / "Nampaya Omame"


Thanks to the New York City Administration for Children's Services and the Department of Homeless Services for supporting families during Family Concerts.

Carnegie Hall Family Concerts are made possible, in part, by endowment gifts from The Irene Diamond Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund.


Sofía Rei and Sofia Tosello

Sofía Rei is an Argentine vocalist, composer, producer, and educator who combines South American folkloric styles, jazz, pop, new classical, and electronic sounds to create her own distinctive sound. Since moving to New York in 2005, she has released four critically acclaimed albums as a bandleader, including two that earned Independent Music Awards for Best Album. Her music has taken her around the world with performances at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Wiener Konzerthaus, and Montreal’s International Jazz Festival.

Originally from Córdoba, Argentina, Sofia Tosello is a vocalist, composer, and music educator. Sofia T. is regarded as a cherished voice in the vibrant scene of New York City artists who are redefining Latin American song. Jazz Times notes, “The next wave in Latin-American jazz may well begin with Tosello.” Sofia T. has worked with such artists as Grammy Award–winners Thalía, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, and the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, and has performed throughout the United States, Asia, and Latin America.

Martha Redbone

Martha Redbone is a leading singer-songwriter of American roots music, blending elements of funk and the blues with those from her Native American heritage. Her music is described as "a brilliant collision of cultures" by The New Yorker and "Earth, Wind, and Fire on the rez" by Native Peoples Magazine. Her album Skintalk is part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as an example of contemporary Native American music. She is currently developing a musical theater piece commissioned by Joe's Pub and The Public Theater based on her ancestry and her childhood in the Appalachian hills of Black Mountain, Kentucky. 

Sbongiseni Duma and Tshidi Manye

Singer, songwriter, choreographer, and dancer, Sbongiseni "Bongi" Duma has been in the cast of The Lion King on Broadway for more than a dozen years. He was nominated for a 2014-2015 Drama Desk Award for best music in a play (Generations). He has also worked as a composer, musical director, and choreographer for The Mighty Zulu Nation and Africa Africa. He performs his own music regularly with his band and with Uzalo, a Brooklyn-based music collective.

Tshidi Manye, born in Johannesburg, South Africa, made her Broadway debut in The Lion King in 2004 and continues to perform regularly in the role of Rafiki. She has also starred in the European and Japanese tours of Sarafina! and has appeared onstage with Paul Simon, David Byrne, and Hugh Masekela.

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