Vukani Mawethu Choir: South African Harmonies

Event has passed (Sat Jun 22, 2013 - Sat Jun 22, 2013)
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2:00 pm
Arts, Music


June 22, 2013; 2:00 p.m.

Free Performance in the BAM/PFA Sculpture Garden
Presented by the Berkeley World Music Festival

Enjoy an afternoon performance in the sculpture garden by Vukani Mawethu Choir, an Oakland-based group known for spirituals and freedom songs sung in Zulu, Xhosa, Sethu, and English. Intoxicating alto and tenor harmonies meld into deep bass and lyrical sopranos in Vukani Mawethu’s heartfelt repertoire of melodies that grew out of a centuries-long struggle for emancipation.

Since the choir was first formed by the late South African activist James Madhlope Phillips, Vukani Mawethu has devoted its music to charitable fundraising and linking people in the U.S. and abroad. The choir has performed at Zellerbach Auditorium, as part of Nelson Mandela’s 1990 World Tour at the Oakland Coliseum, and throughout the cities and townships of South Africa.

For information about the 10th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival and its program of free continuous performances from noon to 9 p.m. on June 22, please visit

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