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. In the event of rain, the Sculpture Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1 or Theater 2. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Musical acts for the 2014 series feature an array of vibrant, creative women who are making their mark on today’s music scene. Veterans and up-and-coming artists perform a range of musical styles, including dream and synth pop, alt-folk, surf rock, neo-soul, and pop punk.
The series was organized in collaboration with PopRally, MoMA’s cross-departmental committee that programs events at MoMA and MoMA PS1.
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 email@example.com 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 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, also sells savory and sweet treats, including locally made gelato, sorbetto, homemade desserts, 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 Lynn Bound’s light, seasonal cuisine, with a view overlooking the Sculpture Garden. An à la carte menu is offered indoors, and a special “urban picnic” fixed price menu is available on the terrace during the summer months, including cured meats, cheeses, salads, sweets, and more (with optional wine pairing). Seatings are offered from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Reserve at firstname.lastname@example.org and include name, preferred time, number of guests, and phone number. The “urban picnic” menu is $32 per person (excluding beverages, sales tax, and service)—10% MoMA member discount not applicable.