meet us in orbit

“revolting music” – a performative survey of the music that liberated south africa.

together with three collaborators:

galina juritz (violin), ashish joshi (tabla) and mapule tshabalala (saxophone), muyanga explores
the phases of protest-in-song taking apart the hymns that populated the colonial memoir and the laments that accompanied the armed struggle. the band reconstitutes a soundtrack of anger and war given voice by students across the country; the band play a score that speaks to today’s songs of ridicule used to lampoon a former vanguard of revolution.
and, of course, the band also play new love songs, for what good is a revolution without a mad love inserted there?!

neo muyanga is a writing fellow at the wits institute for social and economic research (wiser) and
duke university.

Concert at WAM

WiSER invites you to

Neo Muyanga in Concert

Thursday, 7 August


Forecourt, Wits Art Museum

Neo Muyanga, the award-winning musician/composer and a writing fellow at WiSER, will present an installation of his work at the Forecourt of the Wits Art Museum. He will respond to to the themes of the Arts of Human Rights workshop with particular attention to the concept of the archive.

This event is part of ‘The Arts of Human Rights,’ a workshop collaboration between Bard College and the University of Witwatersrand, 5-7 August 2014.

A reception for students who have graduated after participating in the IHRE programme of Wits and Bard College will be held at the same time.

revolting music live: Ginsberg, Cape Town, New York – july 2014

happy salve friends.

2014 sees another collaboration with the johannesburg worksop in theory and criticism (JWTC) and the seminar on experimental critical theory (SECT) with performances featuring:

ABELUSI (19h00, july 7th, steve biko centre, ginsberg),

neo muyanga’s KWACHA trinity (20h00, july 11th, hiddingh hall, uct, cape town)

see the poster here

and celebrate brooklyn (19h30, july 25th, prospect park, brooklyn, new york) featuring:

a survey of songs that liberated south africa,

a live score performed to william kentridge’s animated film, “second-hand reading”

see the details here

REMINDER: BRUNDYN TALKS 3-Neo Muyanga, Wednesday 14 May




By Neo Muyanga


Wednesday 14 May 2014



BRUNDYN+ is pleased to present Brundyn Talks, a series of monthly talks, which will be held at the gallery’s video room. The talks are a platform for the public to engage with interdisciplinary discourse presented by artists, curators, academics, literary scholars, musicians and filmmakers to name but a few.

The third talk will be held by Neo Muyanga and focuses on a survey of protest songs that played a key role in South Africa’s liberation.

Entrance to the talks is free; however, please RSVP to justin to book as seats are limited.

CDs will be available after the talk.


Born in Soweto, Neo Muyanga is a composer and librettist; writing music, plays, chorus songs and creating a variety of works for chamber and large ensemble. He studied the Italian Madrigal tradition with choral maestro, Piero Poclen, in Trieste, Italy and his operetta, The Flower of Shembe, premiered to critical acclaim in 2012. He is a fellow of W.I.S.E.R. (the Wits institute for social and economic research), SA/Duke University, North Carolina and of the Aspen institute’s Global Leadership Network (AGLN), Aspen, Colorado. Neo co-founded the Pan African Space station- a web-based portal for cutting-edge music and art of the diaspora – with Chimurenga publishing editor, Ntone Edjabe. In the mid 90’s he co-founded the internationally recognised acoustic pop duo, Blk Sonshine with Masauko Chipembere, and continues to tour widely both as a solo performer and in various band guises. He has composed collaborated with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Chimurenga magazine and the Prince Claus Fund; the Handspring Puppet Company, Paco Pena and the Southbank centre, London and William Kentridge.

Neo is currently working on a new opera entitled, The Struggle is My Life based on an episode in the life of Nelson Mandela and commissioned by Opera Africa.

hade Tata for Renee Reznek

the past months i’ve spent composing a new one-act opera reflecting on the legacy of utata, nelson mandela.
the work has been commissioned by opera africa and is due to open in joburg shortly.
one of the most interesting trinkets to come out as an off-shoot of this greater project is a little piece especially commissioned by london-based contemporary pianist, renee reznek, called “hade tata”.
renee has written her first ever blog about the prospect here:

she will be performing the new work as part of her programme in and around the uk later this year (please see the details below) and also during the joburg mozart festival in early 2015.


warm regards,