Israeli-born Miri Ben Ari, who has won a Grammy for her experimental fusion of classical soul and dance music, will headline the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Price Laureates in October. The event will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, and will be in honor of the late Nelson Mandela. Her new song, “Freedom” will headline the event, and along with Nelson Mandela’s son, Kweku Mandela, she filmed a video for the song. She will be performing alongside the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the University of West Cape Creative Arts Choir. Nobel Laureates Bishop Desmond Tutu, Mikhail Gorbachev, President Frederick Wilhelm De Klerk and others will be in attendance.
In addition to winning a Grammy, Miria Ben Ari is a featured blogger on the Huffington Post and is the CEO of Gedenk, a non-profit organization designed to promote tolerance through internalizing the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides. She has received a multitude of honors, including “Apollo Legend” from the Apollo Theater, “International Jewish Woman to Watch” in 2007, “Israel Film Festival Visionary Award” in 2008, the American Society for Yad Vashem Award, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award from Shimon Peres. In 2012, Miri Ben Ari was invited to the White House to perform from President Barack Obama.