MoMA Nights with Masauko Chipembere
Thursday, August 11, 2011, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
The MoMA Nights 2013 music series includes indie acts selected by MoMA’s PopRally committee, and concerts related to the exhibitions Soundings: A Contemporary Score and American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe.
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.
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