Mabudafhasi to speak at the Ubuntu Music and Arts of SA Festival in New York

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09 Oct 2014

The Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi, is in the United States of America (USA) to participate at the Ubuntu Music and Arts of South Africa festival. The festival celebrates South Africa’s 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy and is scheduled to take place from 10 October to 05 November 2014.

Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi will speak at the official opening of Ubuntu Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York on Friday, 10 October 2014. The event will be attended by prominent arts and culture stakeholders in the United States; South African musicians as well as the South African community resident in New York.

The collapse of apartheid in 1994 heralded a new consciousness that places value in the arts, culture and heritage sectors. The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) is charged with the responsibility to develop, preserve and promote South African arts and culture to stimulate nation building, social cohesion and economic development.

“The Ubuntu festival is a strategic platform to promote South African arts and culture to international markets. The festival offers us an opportunity to augment our cultural relations with the US while at the same time cultivating international markets for South African artists”, said Mabudafhasi.

Internationally acclaimed South African musicians and social activists, Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela, will perform in a show aptly entitled, “Sounds of Freedom.” The show will take the audience down memory lane on a musical journey reflecting the trajectory of our liberation struggle, leading up to the dawn of freedom.

The festival also features South African musicians like the Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Afro Jazz sensation, Simphiwe Dana, classical vocalists, Pretty Yende and Elza van den Heever, as well as the popular acappella group, The Soil. There will be a performance of “A Distant Drum, a play based on the life of Nat Nakasa, the South African journalist who was reburied on home soil recently. 

Enquiries: Peter Mbelengwa – Spokesperson for the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture 082 611 8197 / petermb@dac.gov.za