African Sons of God | A Capella Singing from South Africa
Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019, 12:00 PM, No Tickets Required
Coolidge Auditorium, Ground Floor
African Sons of God is a choral singing group from South Africa, formed in 2009. They sing in the a cappella style known as Isicathamiya, which is best known from the international success of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The leader of African Sons of God is Derrick Ogle, who is a former member of Junior Mambazo, the group formed by children of the original members of Ladysmith. African Sons of God began singing in churches, and soon received invitations to perform at weddings, funerals, and other religious occasions, before beginning to tour to music festivals. The group has performed for audiences in Johannesburg and around South Africa, including at Wits University (Witwatersrand) and the University of Johannesburg. They have toured to Senegal, Swaziland, and Lesotho, and shared the stage with artists like India Aris, Hugh Masekela, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The group recorded their first album in 2013 and is working on a second, which will feature a tribute to Nelson Mandela. They donate part of their earnings from music to helping schoolchildren buy uniforms and supplies for school, an important issue to many African students.
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Most concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress) or the Whittall Pavilion (next to the Coolidge, on the Ground Floor, Jefferson Building). Occasionally, concerts may be in other locations, which will be specified above in the concert description. Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.