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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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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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