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.
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and BARNARD AFRICANA STUDIES
with the INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN AND GENDER
NEO MUYANGA in conversation with YVETTE CHRISTIANSE
September 24, 12:30pm; 754 Schermerhorn Extension
Neo Muyanga is a composer and founder of the Pan-African Space Station, a music platform on the internet and in venues across the African world, streaming cutting edge music live online 24/7. His own work ranges from Italian madrigal and improvisational jazz to music-performance works based in the archive of slavery, the histories of South African music and the cultural forms emerging in the Indian ocean.
Yvette Christianse is a novelist, poet and literary critic from South Africa. She is professor of English and Africana Studies at Barnard College.
Together, they’ll talk about Neo’s work across media, the place of music in South African radical histories, and the pleasures of play-ing with poetics.
Hosted by Rosalind Morris, curator of Studio @.
All are welcome. Lunch will be served.
we have finally managed to upload an excerpt of a recent performance of my cantata profana, thoriso le morusu, played here at die groote kerk in cape town’s church square with the simon estes alumni choir and myself at the piano and conducting (awkwardly, let it be said).
based on a poem by antjie krog entitled, “country of grief and grace”, the piece is about the violence we inflict on those closest to us and how we might hope to transcend that impulse.
we hope you can find some joy in it
preparing to launch a spanking brand new collaboration with my brother and son of the garifuna, aurelio lands in cape town very shortly
Baxter Theatre Centre
Tel: +27 21 680 3988
Fax: +27 21 689 1880
Thoriso le Morusu
Venue: St George’s Cathedral
Date: Tue 12th March | Thurs 14th March
Duration: 25 mins
Thoriso le morusu is inspired by, and based on, Antjie Krog’s poem, Country of Grief and Grace – a poem that reads like an intimate and harrowingly candid conversation between two people, perhaps siblings or even lovers, about the pain they have caused one another.
It is performed by Neo Muyanga with the Siyaya Chorus, accompanied Sylvain Baloubeta on bass and Texito Langa on percussion.
The performance was originally commissioned by SAMRO, and especially rearranged for the festival. It is played in 5 movements: prayer, a confession, the mantra, a manifesto and catharsis. The text is sung in Sesotho, Afrikaans and English.
Performed by: Neo Muyanga with the Siyaya Chorus, accompanied Sylvain Baloubeta on bass and Texito Langa on percussion.
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