Two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters and renowned musical icons, Vusi Mahlasela and Hugh Masekela, come together to honor twenty years since the start of democracy in South Africa, and the official end of Apartheid. Photo credit: Dana Distortion Yavin Photography
Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2014 - By Corinne Ramey
The ghost of that word—its history, injustices and the need, for some, to move beyond it—is ubiquitous in the music of South Africa, a nation for whom music and politics are inextricably linked.
This year, the 20th anniversary of South African democracy’s beginning and apartheid’s end, Carnegie Hall wrestles with that legacy in an ambitious, month-long festival dedicated to the music and culture of South Africa. The programming ranges from jazz and classical to traditional and pop, and includes both South African stars—the male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and jazz greats Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim —and music rarely heard in the U.S., like that from the Cape Malay community, based in Cape Town. Paul Simon and Dave Matthews, who was born in South Africa, will also make appearances.
Two of South Africa’s renowned musical icons come together to honor twenty years of democracy and the official end of Apartheid in their native country. In a collaborative performance starting in St. Louis at The Sheldon, Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela pay homage with a collection of “freedom” songs, including many of their own, on their first-ever joint tour. Next week features a highly anticipated stop at Carnegie Hall on October 10 with very special guests Dave Matthews and Somi. Click here for the full list of tour dates.
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