Art Informs Art: Conversation and Concert


Thursday, April 28, 2022, 5:30pm to 7:30pm


Tsai Auditorium (CGIS-South,1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02138)

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Art Informs Art: Conversation and Concert

Join us on Thursday, April 28th at 5:30pm in the Tsai Auditorium (CGIS South), for a unique opportunity to hear from acclaimed international artist Nelson Makamo and jazz musician and composer Mandisi Dyantyis for a conversation about how art informs art and reflections on their experiences as artists-in-residence at the Harvard Center for African Studies. After this conversation, we will have the honor to hear Dyantyis perform. His performances frequently sell out in South Africa, and this is a special occasion for the Harvard community to get a taste of his talents. This performance will include compositions he worked on during his time at Harvard.

Reception to follow.

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Mandisi Dyantyis is a vocalist, trumpeter, and musical director known for his versatility in jazz, western classical, and African indigenous music as well as his ability as a raconteur. Now based in Cape Town, Dyantyis was born and raised in Port Elizabeth, where he began learning to play the trumpet at the age of eight. He studied classical music throughout his schooling career and emerged from the University of Cape Town with a BMus Honors Degree in Jazz Studies in 2005 where he played in the UCT Big Band for most of his studies. He has played with some of the country’s top musicians over the years. These include Jimmy Dludlu, The Abdullah Ibrahim Big Band, Robbie Jansen, Max Vidima, and Moreira Chonguica, just to name a few. He has produced, played, and co-written on Nomfundo Xaluva’s multi-award winning albums KUSILE and From.Now.On.


Nelson Makamo is a renowned Johannesburg-based artist who is among those committed to an African renaissance and is best known for his charcoal and oil paintings. His career spans 16 years since completing training at artist schools in South Africa. His work primarily seeks to change the global mindset of what it means to be an African child and an African at large. Makamo has an interest in the concept of a Pan African connection and in forming innovative partnerships with institutions as well as artists in other disciplines.

ORGANIZER: Harvard Center for African Studies


HUID or Proof of COVID Vaccination Required at the door.