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.


Dizu Plaatjies

Steve Jones

Zungula Plaatjies or ‘Dizu’ as he is fondly known, is an indigenous musician and son of a Mpondomise traditional healer Shadrack Plaatjies. Dizu grew up surrounded by the phenomenon of ritual and music common in the Nguni culture of South Africa. In the early 1970s in Cape Town Dizu collaborated with his peers to form a musical collective that saw him in the role of a DJ, performer and an advocate of the arts in his community of Langa Township. By the late 1970s Dizu had formed his band Amampondo, touring the Americas, Europe and the Far East. This was a remarkable achievement for a band that had started busking in Sea Point and Greenmarket Square and became world renowned well before the laws of Apartheid were abolished in the 1990s. Dizu is presently holding a senior lecturer position in African music practical studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.