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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.