New York Salutes South Africa

New York Salutes South Africa In A Celebration Of Our Culture South Africa’s hottest export, our culture and art talent will be housed at two of the worlds most well known theatres in New York. The famed Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall will host numerous shows in celebration of South Africa’s 20 years of Freedom. […]

New York Salutes South Africa In A Celebration Of Our Culture

South Africa’s hottest export, our culture and art talent will be housed at two of the worlds most well known theatres in New York. The famed Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall will host numerous shows in celebration of South Africa’s 20 years of Freedom.

Celebrations Of South African Culture And Music In Times Square New York
Celebrations Of South African Culture And Music In Times Square New York

Events kicked off with the launch of the Siyabonga Awards at a gala dinner in New York on Tuesday, October 7, in recognition companies, NGO’s and individuals for their exemplary contributions to building a competitive, growing and inclusive South African economy.

Sounds Of Freedom
Sounds Of Freedom

Although South African music legends are well known across the world, the partnerships with Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Theater aims to showcase a large number of artists from the full art and performance spectrum. There will be various live music performances, gallery displays, theater shows and movie screenings that showcase South African culture and lifestyle.

Generations is an off-Broadway play about a South African township family that disappears with time, as they cook, share their life stories and food.
Generations is an off-Broadway play about a South African township family that disappears with time, as they cook, share their life stories and food.

Durban born artist, Shaun Ellison will be showcasing his work at the Anna Zorina Gallery in New York. Ellison, who moved to the United States to study has taken some of his inspiration from African stone carvings and tribal art.

Shaun Ellison Artwork
Shaun Ellison Artwork

Carnegie Hall’s Ubuntu Festival

Carnegie Hall has dedicated it’s theatre from the 08th of October – 05th of November to the Ubuntu Festival. As extracted from their website, they salute South African arts and heritage.

“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 the late 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. – Taken from carnegiehall.org

Ubuntu 2014 At Carnegie Hall
Ubuntu 2014 At Carnegie Hall

The Ubuntu Festival will also be showcasing South African music superstars including Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim, multi – grammy award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo and a special tribute to Miriam Makeba. These iconic performers are known not just for their musical genius but for their role in South Africa’s struggle for freedom.

Bra Hugh Masekela
Bra Hugh Masekela
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ladysmith Black Mambazo

We are excited to know that the world is recognizing the amazing art talent of South Africa. Which is your favorite South African artist? Let us know in the comments below.