MoMA’s exhibition “Impressions from South Africa: 1965 to Now” is closing on Thursday, and the museum is sending the show out in style with party Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. From the museum:
MoMA Nights with Masauko Chipembere
The 2011 series takes an international focus, featuring adventurous musical performers from Africa, South America, China, Indonesia, and beyond. The musicians build on specific national and popular musical traditions—uniting them in inventive hybrid styles, bringing new instruments into standard ensembles, and enlivening the music with distinctive personal approaches.
Masauko Chipembere is a singer-songwriter from Malawi, born in Los Angeles while his activist parents were in political exile. His music explores questions of origin and bridges his African heritage and American life. Chipembere’s sound is rooted in southern African styles: marabi, marrabenta, mbaqanga, mbira, kwasa kwasa, and Afro-beat. Elements of hip-hop, jazz, soul, and funk, however, mix into the groove, a result of his years in the United States and collaborations with artists such as RZA (of Wu-Tang Clan), Ladybug Mecca (Digable Planets), and Brian Jackson (former Gil Scott-Heron band leader). Chipembere is joined for this performance by his friend, mentor, and songwriting partner, Mongezi Ntaka (of South African and Malawian descent), a master of South African guitar. They will play new tunes from Chipembere’s forthcoming CD, Family Album, as well as a tribute to South Africa’s legendary singer and anti-apartheid activist Miriam Makeba (Mama Africa).