South Africa’s Isango Ensemble Heads To NYC With ‘Aesop’s Fables’

By David Salazar

The Isango Ensemble is set to showcase “Aesop’s Fables” at The New Victory Theater in New York on Nov. 1-3, 2019.

The opera, which is sung in English with a mix of Xhosa, Tswana and Zulu languages, is aimed at a younger audience and features music inspired by gospel and traditional African song.

The Isango Ensemble is based in Cape Town, South Africa and was formed by director Mark Dornford-May and music director and singer Pauline Malefane. The company’s production of “The Magic Flute” in 2014 won the Olivier Award for Best Music Revival.

“Isango Ensemble is different; it is unique, producing work of international standards, linking high art to the lives of its astonishing performers,” said Isango Ensemble Patron Sir Ian McKellen in a press release. “The future of Isango is important not just to its company members but to South Africa and to the world beyond.”