please join us for a live streaming of the concert at chimu central this thursday january 15th, 2015.http://panafricanspacestation.org.za/neo-muyanga-revolting-songs
London-based concert pianist, Renee Reznek, brings Neo Muyanga’s “Hade Tata” to South Africa
This is my very first blog and I am not sure that I am a natural blogger! I find it interesting that whilst I play contemporary music, love modern art and architecture, read new novels and watch the latest films, I am resistant to other aspects of modern life! But wonderful Natalie Eskinazi who has built me a new website has encouraged me by creating a blog page so here goes…
I have been practising Neo Muyanga’s new piece Hade Tata (Sorry Father) which I commissioned. It is a highly evocative piece written in tribute to Nelson Mandela to commemorate the 20th anniversary in 2014 of democratic elections in South Africa. Neo lives in Cape Town and is also writing an opera about Mandela.
Perhaps this is why I have felt so reflective of late; the piece poignantly expresses sorrow and trepidation in the midst of celebration. Muyanga communicates Madiba’s anxiety that he will not live up to the expectations of the world as well as our sorrow at having “fallen short of those hopes and dreams we once held sacred”. The music constantly alternates between joy and sadness.
I was thinking about this particularly on the 21st March. In South Africa it is Human Rights Day and a public holiday in remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre. But here in London it is a day which our family celebrates with joy; it is both my husband’s birthday and the Iranian New Year, Nowruz. This year I could not help but reflect on the gulf between these two yearly events which resonate in my calendar; sorrow amidst celebration again.
Again, in this anniversary year, the disparity between what we hoped for in South Africa and the present reality is painfully obvious. Yet there is still so much to be grateful for.
I will never forget the elation of returning home for the first time after the dismantling of apartheid. So on the 26th April at Homerton College in Cambridge on the eve of that extraordinary day when everyone was able to vote for the very first time in South Africa, I hope to feel part of the celebrations by giving the premiere of Hade Tata. There will be sorrow at the loss of Mandela, an iconic South African, sadness at the corruption of his legacy but celebration of a truly great man and a prayer for a better future.
- Thu 29th January 2015 at 7:30pm
Northwards House, Johannesburg, South Africa
- Music by Satie, Debussy, Peter Klatzow, Hendrik Hofmeyr, Sadie Harrison and the first SA performance of Hade Tata in tribute to Nelson Mandela by Neo Muyanga
- Tues 3rd February 2015 at 7:30pm
35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone PMB, R120
Includes wine and coffee.Tickets:
Booking: Call 033 3423051 or email booking
- Sun 8th February 2015 at 4:30pm
Endler Concert Series
University of Stellenbosch,
31 Victoria Street,
- Tues 10th February 2015 at 1pm
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
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“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
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.
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
BRUNDYN TALK 3 | REVOLTING MUSIC:
A BRIEF SURVEY OF THE SONGS THAT LIBERATED SOUTH AFRICA
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.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER | Neo Muyanga
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.