MoMA Nights with Masauko Chipembere
Thursday, August 11, 2011, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Set begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular Museum admission applies. Performances take place in the Sculpture Garden. In the event of rain, the Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Musical acts in July are presented in conjunction with the exhibition One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North. Organized in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Harlem Stage, each musician featured reflects the next generation of rising stars who will have an impact on jazz for years to come, and each has her or his own personal tale of migration. Drawing from genres including hip-hop, R&B, Latin, soul, jazz, gospel, and New Orleans second line, these artists are expanding musical boundaries with contemporary soul and swing.
Dates in August feature four buzzworthy bands. The music spans a range of genres from electronic to R&B, from post-punk to indie rock—and everything in between. Each concert begins with an opening set at 5:30 p.m. by a DJ from Newtown Radio. These evenings are organized by MoMA PopRally. For more information, visit moma.org/poprally and follow @MoMAPopRally on Twitter.
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.
The series is the fourth organized in collaboration with Olivier Conan, programmer and co-owner of Barbès performance space.
In the event of rain, the Sculpture Garden will close, and music will take place indoors. Please Note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tonight’s Music Performance
Masauko Chipembere, voice and guitar; Mongezi Ntaka, guitar; Jamie Philbert, dancer; Yolanda Sangweni, voice
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).
Tonight’s presentation was organized in conjunction with the exhibition Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now. The performance was facilitated by CrossPathCulture, along with Coolsville and Blackagemedia.
Weather permitting, there will be a cash bar (specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages) and seasonal tapas for purchase in the Sculpture Garden. The Garden Bar will sell local gelati and sorbetti, ice cream sandwiches, cookies, wine, beer, and specialty coffees. In the event of rain a bar will be available in The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby.
Terrace Dining (rain or shine)
Terrace 5, on the fifth floor, will offer an à la carte menu indoors, as well as an “urban picnic”—antipasti, salumi, cheese, and sweets, with optional choice of wine—outdoors on the terrace, with seatings at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. (reserve at firstname.lastname@example.org and include name, preferred time, number of guests, and phone number). Menus are presented by Executive Chef Lynn Bound. The “urban picnic” is $32 per person (excluding beverages, NYS sales tax and service); price is not eligible for the 10% MoMA Member discount.
In conjunction with the exhibition Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now
Snacks and beverages in the Sculpture Garden
Seasonal snacks, chef’s-choice small plates, and specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase in the Sculpture Garden on Thursday nights. The Garden Bar, located at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden, sells savory and sweet treats, including baguette sandwiches and homemade soft pretzels with dipping sauces, locally made gelato from Il Laboratorio del Gelato, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. In the event of rain, bars will be closed.
Terrace dining (rain or shine)
Terrace 5, located on the fifth floor, serves chef Daniel Jackson’s light, seasonal cuisine, with a view overlooking the Sculpture Garden. During MoMA Nights, in conjunction with the Museum’s concerts and other programming, Terrace 5 will offer a special of a half-dozen oysters paired with a glass of champagne for $20, both inside and (weather-permitting) on the terrace, as well as a focused à la carte menu of raw bar items, wine, and beer. The 10% MoMA member discount is not applicable.