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Thursday, November 7, 2013


The School Of Arts-Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) will host Ikhwezi, its year-end recital this evening, which promises to be a grand affair. Appearing will be students from the Opera Studio & Choral Studies accompanied by the KZN Philharmonic. MC will be famed storyteller Gcina Mhlophe and Guy Redman, Deputy Head of the Municipality’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Department will be guest speaker.

The School of Arts, Music discipline at UKZN has produced some of the country’s well-known artists today.

The likes of Professor Bronwen Forbay, Lukhanyo Moyakhe, Lauren Dasappa Harris, Nozuko Teto, Edward Phiri, Dr Mageshen Naidoo, Concord Nkabinde, Guy Buttery, Dr Sazi Dlamini, Andile Yenana, Feya Faku, Marc Duby, Victor Masondo, the late Zim Ngqawana and Black Coffee, among others, are a few artists who studied at UKZN and have made their mark nationally and internationally.

As the School of Music prepares for its Opera year-end recital programme, the likes of Professor Bronwyn Forbay, Lukhanyo Moyakhe, Esewu Nobela, Edward Phiri, and Lauren Dasappa Harris will surely be an inspiration for this year’s group of students. The 2013 year-end recital programme is crafted to create a platform to showcase students to the industry, the private sector, government and the media. Events like this encourage versatility, collaborations and mentorship.

“[This] is a great platform and encourages our students to work harder, “says Lionel Mkhwanazi, who is a voice lecturer at UKZN’s Opera Studio and Choral Academy (OSCA). Mkhwanazi is also a celebrated tenor opera voice himself and has won several accolades. “Ikhwezi - as we call this event - highlights the aim of the event,” he adds. “Ikhwezi is a morning star that shines bright introducing the day, and it’s known as a star that leads you home.”

Senior students will perform with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Naum Rousine.

Andrew Warburton, Acting Director and academic adviser at The Opera Studio and Choral Academy, says students will sing exciting arias from opera, and these performances will be examined as part of their final recitals in voice performance.

“In addition, the renowned icon Mbongeni Ngema whose song Stimela Sasezola became and still is part of the psyche of a broader South Africa, will make a guest appearance with his song Stimela Sasezola that has been orchestrated by one of our students, Siphesihle Manana,” says Warburton.

Twenty four -year-old Manana, from Fairview in eMpangeni, Northern KwaZulu-Natal, is working towards his Master’s degree in composition under the mentorship of Professor Jurgen Brauninger.

Manana says: “It’s such an honour yet nerve wracking to work with the great KZNPO on a song that belongs to an internationally acclaimed creator and producer of great productions such as Woza Albert, Asinamali, Sarafina, Lion of the East and many more.”

Professor Brauninger says: “It is going to be a special evening for everyone, especially our students, being accompanied by the world renowned KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. Performing a great South African composition like Stimela Sasezola, songs that still mean and holds lots of memories for a greater part of South Africa can only bring the orchestra even closer to the hearts of all people of S.A, and a great showcase for our senior students.”

The recital will take place on November 8 at 19h00 at in the Jubilee Hall (OSCA) on the UKZN Howard College campus in Princess Alice Road. More information from Lungile at the UKZN School of Music’s concert office on 031 260 3353, 083 716 6990 or e-mail