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The Bow Music Conference at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on 24 - 27 February 2016 is put together in consultation with southern African and international bow music researchers. Participation will include academics from a wide spectrum of indigenous musical arts, practitioners and cultural bearers of diverse bow music traditions in sub-Saharan and abroad.

Performers

Matlali Kheoana

Steve Jones

Her experience of playing lekopethomo and sekebeku (jaw harp) spans over forty years. Kheoana is widely regarded as a library of Lesotho music and has been commissioned by the Morija Museum to teach the indigenous music of Lesotho to youth.

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Khokhiwe Mphila

Steve Jones

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.

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Bavikile Ngema

Steve Jones

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.

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Bhemani Magagula

Steve Jones

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.

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Ngqoko Cultural Group

Steve Jones

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.

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Mantombi Matotiyane

Steve Jones

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.

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