Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Saturday, February 14, 7pm & 9:30pm
Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlasela – 20 Years of Freedom Tour
Friday, February 27, 7pm & 10pm
The International Media Concierge will be inspiring screenwriters, producers, directors, and filmmakers to use South Africa as a new region for their future projects. For further details please click here.
South African Comedian, Trevor Noah, is coming to Chicago to perform at UP Comedy Club. As a recently hired contributor for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah showcases his comedic and cultural flare in everything he does. As a South African native, Trevor has hosted several awards shows and comedy festivals as well as his own late night talk show. Trevor Noah will be performing at UP comedy club from the 16-18 January 2015, with both 8:00pm and 10:30pm showings. Information on tickets can be found at: http://upcomedyclub.com/show.cfm?id=359931&cart
Join the South African Consulate as we welcome him to Chicago!
This year, Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebrates over fifty years of joyous and uplifting music. Join them as they bring the celebration to Chicago. Tickets can be found at http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2015/02-14-2015-ladysmith-back-mambazo-7pm/
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Presents a World’s Stage Production from South Africa!
Isango Ensemble’s The Magic Flute.
The Magic Flute will be performed 25-28 September 2014. Please click for more information.
“Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins’ Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera.”
Date: Thursday, August 28
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
The final installment of Made in Chicago doubles as opening night of the Chicago Jazz Festival, with saxophonist Dawkins convening musicians from Chicago, South Africa and England. “Music is a great blessing. It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice.” – Nelson Mandela
For the official opening-night show of the Chicago Jazz Festival – and the finale of this year’s Made in Chicago concert series – local composer, saxophonist and AACM veteran Ernest Khabeer Dawkins has created a work in honor of the late South African president that promises to do many of the inspiring things Mandela said music could do.
“Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins’ Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera” will unite jazz musicians from Chicago, London and South Africa to celebrate their shared role in sounding the alarm against apartheid and helping energize the freedom movement. In basking in the dream of equality for all, the work will celebrate not only Mandela, great champion of human rights, but also the two heroic women in his life: Winnie Mandela, his first wife, and Graça Machel, his widow.
Their activist spirit will flow through the soulful, stirring vocals of Dee Alexander, who no doubt will also channel another woman who played an important role in the struggle, singer Miriam Makeba. Long treasured by locals, Alexander exploded into the national consciousness last year on NPR’s “JazzSet” program with her amazing tribute to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. Her breaking of barriers certainly will resonate on this special occasion.
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