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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

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What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

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