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.


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. The whole of Swaziland listens to his makhoyane playing as he brings in the national news bulletins on Swazi radio, and his distinctive voice and makhoyane sound are held up by all as the best in the country. Magagula plays and makes makhoyane and sitolotolo, but also sings and plays infiliji (harmonica) and inkhositina (concertina).