The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis kicks off Opening Weekend in Rose Theater with a musical celebration of South Africa's 25 years of democracy after apartheid. Top South African musicians will join the orchestra to perform essential South African music, with each song chosen by a guest performer and newly arranged for the show by the JLCO.


South Africa has long been a vibrant and unique jazz hub, and most of the guests featured tonight helped shape the sound of jazz as a new South Africa was being born—and the music performed this evening reflects the sound of a nation defining itself anew.


Special guests include three New York-based South African vocalists—Nonhlanhla Kheswa, Melanie Scholtz, and Jazz at Lincoln Center fan-favorite Vuyo Sotashe—plus five top instrumentalists joining us from South Africa: trumpeter Feya Faku, saxophonist McCoy Mrubata, pianist Nduduzo Makhathini, vocalist and pianist Thandi Ntuli, and indigenous African classical multi-instrumentalist Tlokwe Sehume on vocals, guitar, ram’s horn, and percussion.

Venue and Accessibility

  • Large-print programs
    Large-print programs
  • Braille programs
    Braille programs
  • Wheelchair-accessible seating
    Wheelchair-accessible seating
  • Assistive listening devices
    Assistive listening devices

For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact [email protected] or 212.875.5375.

For ticketing information and general questions, please call 212.721.6500.

Jazz at Lincoln Center

The South African Songbook

September 12–14, 2019 Rose Theater

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Nonhlanhla Khewswa, vocals

Melanie Scholtz. vocals

Vuyo Sotashe, vocals

Feya Faku, trumpet

McCoy Mrubata, saxophone

Nduduzo Makhathini, piano

Thandi Ntuli, vocals and piano

Tlokwe Sehume, vocals, guitar ram's horn, and percussion

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