“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
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
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.
PRESS RELEASE 2014.pdf