Events

Angélique Kidjo, Ezra Koenig, Laura Mvula & More Pay Tribute To Miriam Makeba At Carnegie Hall [11/5]

Angelique Kidjo's live tribute to 'Mama Africa' Miriam Makeba November 5th at Carnegie Hall, featuring Ezra Koenig, Laura Mvula & more.


Okayafrica is proud to support Angélique Kidjo's Mama Africa, a live tribute to the legendary Miriam Makeba at New York City's Carnegie Hall. "I have noticed lately that Miriam's music is not as well known as I thought it was," Kidjo explained to us, "even though she had changed my continent and the way African women are being perceived. Her music is also so powerful, like Fela’s music is. She was my role model since I was 10-years-old in Benin and I knew all of her songs by heart. Her activism was so courageous and has always inspired me."

Mama Africa will include appearances from a new generation of musicians influenced by African sounds like Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig and British songstress Laura Mvula, as well as artists like South Africa's Vusi Mahlasela, Makeba's supporting singers (Zamokuhle "Zamo" Mbutho, Faith Kekana, and Stella Khumalo) and an introduction from Whoopi Goldberg.

"In the horrible climate in which we are living in these days because the Ebola crisis, at a time where prejudice against African people is rising again," Kidjo writes, "I would like this concert to be a symbol of unity and I would love to celebrate something the media definitively don’t want to hear: the beauty and richness of our culture. Miriam’s music embodies this."

We're giving away a pair of tickets to the concert, plus a copy of Kidjo's new autobiography Spirit Rising: My Life My Music. Enter your information below or head here for a chance to win! Tickets are available for purchase now.

Mama Africa: Angélique Kidjo's Tribute To Miriam Makeba 

w/ Ezra Koenig, Laura Mvula & Vusi Mahlasela

November 5, 2014 | 8 PM

Carnegie Hall | Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

>>>Purchase Tickets To 'Mama Africa: Angélique Kidjo's Tribute To Miriam Makeba' Available Now

>>>Enter to win a pair of tickets to Angélique Kidjo's 'Mama Africa' + a copy of Kidjo's new autobiography, Spirit Rising: My Life My Music

Music
(YouTube)

The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Tekno x Mafikizolo, Yaw Tog, Muzi, Seyi Shay x Yemi Alade, M.anifest x Juls and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Listen to Seyi Shay & Yemi Alade's New Track 'Pempe'

Seyi Shay & Yemi Alade's vibrant collaboration in 'Pempe' is the perfect way to usher in the weekend.