King George V Avenue
Berea, KZN
South Africa

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.

Mantombi Matotiyane


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. In 1990 Mantombi joined Amampondo, Dizu Plaatjies’ internationally acclaimed group and together with Dizu and Vuyokazi Plaatjies sang in The Long Walk to Freedom. She worked as a soloist in Michael Blake’s Bow Project and in 2014, performed with The Nightingale String Quartet in Paris. Among the world-renowned musicians she has collaborated and recorded with are Jose LuisQuintana (Changuito) and Mayito fromCuba, Brice Wassy (Cameroon), Risenga Makondo of Gazankulu, the cellist HansHyssen, and Airto Moreira of Brazil among others. She has recorded four albums with Dizu Plaatjies’ Ibuyambo Ensemble and is presently working on recording her first solo album.