South Africa: Deputy Minister to Address Music Festival in New York

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The Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi is expected to speak at the opening of the Ubuntu Music and Arts of South Africa Festival in New York.

The Ubuntu festival promotes South African arts and culture to international markets.

“The festival offers us an opportunity to augment our cultural relations with the United States while at the same time cultivating international markets for South African artists,” Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi said.

The festival, which celebrates South Africa’s 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy, is scheduled to take place from 10 October to 5 November.

Internationally acclaimed South African musicians and social activists, Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela, are expected to perform a show titled, “Sounds of Freedom”.

The show takes the audience down memory lane on a musical journey reflecting the trajectory of the country’s liberation struggle, leading up to the dawn of freedom.

Other artists who will perform at the festival include the Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Afro Jazz sensation Simphiwe Dana, classical vocalists Pretty Yende and Elza van den Heever and the popular acappella group, The Soil.

The event is expected to be attended by prominent arts and culture stakeholders in the United States, South African musicians and the South African community residing in New York.

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