Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre
Bow music performances take place at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on 26 and 27 February from 7pm. Tickets for these sessions will be R50 or R20 for students, available soon from Computicket. There will be a 15 minute interval. There is a cash before and coffee shop for refreshments.
FRIDAY 26 February
SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY
Gogo Khokhiwe Mphila started playing the makhoyane as a young girl in the foothills surrounding the Swazi town of Piggs Peak. Initially learning from a family member, Mphila went on to create her own songs and to this day, has kept up her musical practice.
Mkhulu Bhemani Magagula has been involved in making music since he was a young boy. Whether he was organising a local Sibhaca dance group or learning to forge sitolotolo (mouthharps) by hand from his uncles, Magagula has always made music a central part of his life.
The music of the Ngqoko Group is unique and striking. The Group members have developed ways of presenting it for concert performance for local and international audiences. There are usually 11 or 12 performers in the group, including performers with the uhadi, umrhubhe and ikatari musical bows, and the majority of the group perform umngqokolo overtone singing of different types.
Mantombi Matotiyane was born in Gxokonxa in Tsolo District of the Eastern Cape and started singing at a very early age. She is one of two daughters from a mother who was also a singer. In Tsolo Mantombi is known as the queen of song and is the second person to popularize umrhubhe mouthbow among Asians, Americans, Europeans and Scandinavians.
Bavikile Ngema [MaBhengu] (umakhweyana, umbheleza [mouthbow], imfiliji [harmonica], isitolotolo [jaws harp] was born in 1951 in the Nkandla district of KwaZulu-Natal. A prolific composer and virtuoso player on umakhweyana and umqangala (umbheleza) Nguni musical bows, she also performs harmonica and jaws-harp.