18.08.2012 A new flute duo by South African composer Neo Muyanga (photo) will be premiered in Muizenberg on 14 June.
The work, titled “Fofa le Nna” (Sesotho meaning “Fly with Me”) was composed on commission of the Distell Foundation for flautists Marietjie Pauw and Barbara Highton Williams.
The work was inspired by the mention of angels in their concert programme, and spurred on further by drawings and animations that the composer made for use in his recent operetta, ‘The Flower of Shembe’, which was presented at Artscape.
Muyanga studied Italian madrigal tradition with choral maestro, Piero Poclen, in Trieste, Italy. He co-founded the acoustic guitar duo BLK Sonshine (with Masauko Chipembere). Neo writes music plays and composes in a hybrid style, mixing ‘township theatre’ aesthetic with Italian ‘art’ music. He also co-curates the Pan African Space Station (PASS), an archive of contemporary pan African sound and art on the internet, also presented live at Tagore’s jazz bar in Observatory, Cape Town.
Well-known South African flautist Marietjie Pauw will be joined by Barbara Highton Williams from the USA for the première of this work at Casa Labia on 14 June at 10h45 in a programme entitled “Evocations, Arcs, and Angels”. A work by another South African composer, Hendrik Hofmeyr will also be feature in the concert.
For more details on the concert, please consult our What’s On calendar.