South African Tourism Joins Carnegie Hall in Month-Long Tribute to South Africa’s 20th Anniversary of Freedom & Democracy.
The unique sounds of South Africa reverberated through the streets of Manhattan last week during a free mobile pop-up concert hosted by South African Tourism honouring South Africa’s 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy. Featuring performances by two of South Africa’s most renowned Grammy-nominated musical icons, legendary trumpeter, Hugh Masekela and vocalist, Vusi Mahlasela, the special celebration was a dazzling showcase of South Africa’s vibrant culture and dynamic musical identity.
Arriving atop a double-decker bus adorned in colourful Ndebele artwork – the music legends roused those around to cadenced movement with their distinct jazz-infused style. The charismatic Sindisiwe Nxumalo, current cast member of “The Lion King” on Broadway, served as Master of Ceremonies, enlightening the audience on South Africa’s kaleidoscope of unique and memorable “BIG 5” experiences that make it one of the world’s most sought-after travel destinations.
Inspired by the spirit of “Ubuntu”, an African philosophy that speaks to the interconnectedness among all human begins, the jubilant celebration fittingly included crowd engagement with the iconic musicians themselves by way of vuvuzela. As the audience erupted in ardent applause, they were asked to join the duo in song with their own instrument for the day, South Africa’s famous blowing horn, resulting in a heartfelt display of South African music and spirit.
From now through 5 November 2014, South African Tourism is partnering with Carnegie Hall on a series of events and festivities held throughout New York City dedicated to South Africa’s impassioned cultural spirit. The UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival commemorates South Africa’s milestone anniversary with some of the country’s greatest entertainers to date.
“We are so proud to share our country’s rich heritage and immense musical talent with our friends here in New York City,” said Sthu Zungu, President of South African Tourism North America. “We’re confident these celebrations will inspire audiences to visit South Africa and discover first hand the plethora of unique experiences in our destination.”For more information on South Africa’s rich and diverse offerings visit www.southafrica.net. To learn more about Carnegie Hall’s UBUNTU festival or purchase tickets, visit: www.carnegiehall.org/southafrica.