Calendar of Events


  January    ARCHIVES:
  February   2012



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20 January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (US)


February is Black History Month (US)
18 February is President's Day  (US)


8 March is International Women's Day
21 March is Human Rights Day (SA)


18 April is Good Friday,
21 April is Family Day.
27 April is South Africa's Freedom Day


25 May is Africa Day
26 May is Memorial Day (US)


June is Youth Month
16 June is Youth Day


4 July is Independence Day (US)
18 July is Nelson Mandela International Day (SA)


9 August is Women's Day (SA)


September is Public Service Month and Tourism Month (SA)
1 September is Labor Day
24 September is Heritage Day (SA)


  • Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa, Carnegie Hall, 10 October to 5 November

October is Mental Health Awareness Month (SA)
17 October is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty


25 November to 10 December is 16 Days of Activism (SA)
27 November is Thanksgiving Day


1 December is World AIDS Day
16 December is Day of Reconciliation (SA)
26 December is Day of Goodwill (SA)

Celebration of the Remarkable Life of Nelson Mandela


Tuesday, 21 January 2014
New York Law School
185 West Broadway (at Leonard Street)
New York, NY 10013

Dean Anthony W. Crowell and the South Africa Reading Group cordially invite you to a celebration of The Remarkable Life of Nelson Mandela
Lawyer, Revolutionary, and Statesman

Consul General George Monyemangene
South African Consul General in New York City

Dean Penelope Andrews
Dean and President, Albany Law School

Professor Stephen Ellman
New York Law School

Mr. Franklin Thomas
President of The Ford Foundation, 1979-96


For inquiries, email Kaaha Bulhan at

14th Annual Winter Lecture Series:
Brian J. Huntley:
Kirstenbosch -- The Most Beautiful Garden in Africa

Thursday, 30 January 2014, 10:00 am
The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY 10458

Non-Member $35.00
Member $31.00

The name Kirstenbosch resonates around the horticultural and gardening world as the home of a uniquely beautiful flora in a setting of unsurpassed beauty. Situated in the Cape Floral Kingdom at the southern tip of Africa, it is the flagship of South Africa's network of nine National Botanical Gardens. This richly illustrated lecture will describe the long history of botanical exploration in southern Africa, and the remarkable personalities and plants contributing to one of the world's true botanic treasures. Since its formal establishment in 1913, Kirstenbosch has had a major influence on biodiversity science and conservation across Africa, as well as received 33 gold medals in 38 years at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Emeritus Professor Brian J. Huntley is a world renowned conservation scientist with more than 45 years of research and management experience—and a key figure in post–Apartheid conservation across southern Africa. A former CEO of the South African National Biodiversity Institute and the National Botanical Institute, he now consults for the UN on global conservation projects, and most recently authored Kirstenbosch: The Most Beautiful Garden in Africa, a centenary celebration of the landmark garden.

Register online or call (800) 322-6924.  

Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert

Thursday, 13 February 2014
St. Paul the Apostle
405 West 59th Street (Entrance on Ninth Ave between 59/60th)
New York, NY 10023

A once-only, private event featuring:

  • President Bill Clinton
  • Academy-Award Winner, Morgan Freeman
  • and multiple Grammy-winning, Soweto Gospel Choir

Morgan Freeman and South African radio and TV personality Gareth Cliff will host this incredible evening, taking the audience through the life and times of Mr. Nelson Mandela.

Morgan Freeman will perform dramatic readings from the original transcripts of Mr. Mandela's letters, speeches, and personal writings. These readings will be accompanied by the world-famous Soweto Gospel Choir, who will fill the cathedral with songs that honor Mandela’s life and vision. This spectacular 24-person choir has performed with Bono, John Legend, Celine Dion, Robert Plant, and many others

Finally, President Bill Clinton will give a special tribute speech to Nelson Mandela and the work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, celebrating Mr. Mandela's life and all that has been accomplished in South Africa in the twenty years since democracy was realized.

All proceeds benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation's Center for Memory.

Dress: Cocktail attire


Tickets for this private event are available on the CultureHorde website. Non-Member guests of the Foundation can purchase via the below:

Go to: Invitation
Code: NMFGuests
Referring member: Nelson Mandela Foundation 

Soweto Gospel Choir
New York Performances

15 February 2014 Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, NY 10468
Tel: (718) 960-8833
22 February 2014 Callahan Theatre
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
Tel: (585) 389-2170
23 February 2014 Anderson Center for the Performing Arts
Parkway E
Vestal, NY 13850
Tel: (607) 777-2787
28 February 2014 Riviera Theater
67 Webster Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Tel: (716) 692-2113


Exhibition: Detail

20 - 25 February 2014
6ix Studio
1160 Broadway Avenue
New York, NY 10001

Featured Artists:

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

25 February 2014
BB King Blues
237 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Buy tickets online  

Listening Party - South African Jazz

20 March 2014, 7:00 pm
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway and 60th Street
New York, NY 10019

Jazz at Lincoln Center is excited to celebrate South African Jazz in April 2014. Join host Seton Hawkins and special guests for a free Listening Party that explores the history of South African Jazz and plays some of the country’s classic records! No reservations necessary.

More information at 

Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis: Friends

18, 19, 20 March 2014
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway & 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10019

With Hugh Masekela, trumpet, and Larry Willis, piano

Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis, two giants of the jazz world, come together for this show. Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer, and defiant political voice. After coming under the tutelage of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, Masekela went on to carve out a five-decade-long (and counting) career, releasing over 40 solo albums. His 1986 anti-apartheid anthem “Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)” became a rallying call around the world for Mandela’s release from prison.  A pianist, Willis met Masekela when they were both students at the Manhattan School of Music some 50 years ago. Since then, Willis has performed or recorded with almost every great jazz musician of the modern era, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Cannonball and Nat Adderley, and Stan Getz. Don’t miss this rare chance to watch the two jazz legends (and dear friends) light up Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

Tickets available at:

Hugh Masekela: Celebrating 75 Years

4 and 5 April 2014
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Theater
Broadway & 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10019

To celebrate his 75th birthday on April 4th, the legendary South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, and lyricist Hugh Masekela presents a retrospective extravaganza. Joined by associates from various stages of his career, he explores his fascination with American jazz and his deep roots in the Zulu folkloric strains that coalesced into the mbaqanga township dance band music of his homeland, from which he was exiled between 1960 and 1990. As is Masekela's custom, personal considerations will operate in the context of his ongoing quest to document, as he puts it, "the amazing diversity and unfathomable excellence of the African diaspora's cultural heritage."

Tickets available at

Uhadi: All Stars of Johannesburg
featuring Sibongile Khumalo

3, 4, 5, 6 April 2014
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway & 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10019

With Sibongile Khumalo, vocals; Feya Faku, trumpet; McCoy Mrubata, saxophones/music director; Paul Hanmer, piano; Herbie Tsoaeli, bass; and Justin Badenhorst, drums

“…a jaw-dropping classical masterclass in vocal dexterity from Khumalo.” - The Independent (London)

Uhadi, an all-star jazz band from Johannesburg, will set Dizzy’s alight with its joyful, high-energy brand of jazz, as it celebrates 20 years of democracy in South Africa and honors the life and work of the late Nelson Mandela. Joining them on stage is “South Africa’s first lady of song,” mezzo-soprano Sibongile Khumalo. A frequent collaborator with legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Khumalo has established herself as a leading lady of opera, appearing at venues like Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and the Barbican Centre. However, Khumalo’s range is far broader than opera, as demonstrated in her award winning albums, which traverse styles from African indigenous and choral music, to Western classical and jazz. Don’t miss the U.S. debut of this monumental collaboration.

Tickets available at:


South Africa Partners 2014 Itheko

Saturday, 26 April 2014
Royal Sonesta Hotel
40 Edwin H. Land Boulevard
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142

On 26 April 2014, South Africa Partners celebrates South Africa's 20th Anniversary of free elections, South Africa Partners' 15th year of operations, and will honor two extradordinary South Africans with the Desmond Tutu Social Justice Award -- Justice Albie Sachs and Temba Maqubela.

Justice Albie Sachs is a retired Justice of the South African Constituitional Court.  His career in human rights activism began in 1955 and he went into exile in 1966.  While working as a law professor in Mozambqiue, in 1988 a bombe was placed in Justice Sach's car by South African security agents, resulting in the losse of his right arm and the sight of one eye.  After recovering from the bomb blast, Justice Sachs deveoted himself to preparations for a new democratic constitution for South Africa.  President Nelson Mandela appointed Justice Sachs to the newly established Constitutional Court where he served for 15 years, advancing and protecting the rights of all South Africans.

Temba Maqubela was arrested by South African police for anti-apartheid activity when he was 17 years old.  He went into exile to complete his education n Nigeria and then lived in Botswana where he and his wife, Vuyelwa, were teachers.  When the South African secret police began to pursue exiles into Botswana in the min 1980s, Temba and his family relocated to New York City.  Temba later joinded the faculty at Phillips Academy, where he taught for 26 years and served as assistant head for academics and dean of faculty.  In July 2013 Temba became the eighth headmaster of Groton School.  Throughout his live, Temba has dedicated himself to social transformation through education.

For more information, please visit South Africa Partners' website.

Sharon Katz and the Peace Train

Saturday, 26 April 2014
The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003

Grammy nominated-band Sharon Katz and the Peace Train celebrates Freedom Day on Saturday, 26 April 2014 with the South African Harlem Voices Choir.  Tickets available at