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.