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.


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. Mphila plays makhoyane, sitolotolo (mouthharp) and sings, and collaborates with Moses Mcina (umtshingosi flute) in a duo project. Mphila’s songs reflect on her life and comment on contemporary Swazi society. She has played across the country of Swaziland, at the Alliance Francaise (Mbabane), and at the Bushfire National Arts festival in Swaziland with the Bashayi Bengoma ensemble. She is revered as one of the finest makhoyane players in Swaziland.