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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.

Performers

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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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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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