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Tuesday, December 2, 2014


This week the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra has taken to the recording studio in an extremely special project. The choral works of acclaimed composer Shalati Joseph Khosa have been orchestrated by ubiquitous composer and producer, Mark Cheyne and the KZN Philharmonic is recording them.

Behind the initiative lies the patronage of Dr Reuel J Khoza, chairman of Aka Capital and Nedbank Group Limited, and director of several companies including Old Mutual plc and Nampak Limited. Dr Khoza has been quoted calling Khosa his “father by choice” and his “brother” after meeting him in 1965 and becoming hooked on the man’s love for music.

In fact, no relation to the composer but a close friend, Dr Khoza approached Mark Cheyne to take on the numerous works of Khosa who died in 2012. They were originally written for a capella four-part choir (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) and Cheyne has arranged them for choir and full orchestra. Dr Khoza would like to get the legacy of Khosa’s music into the choirs of South Africa and thence into a larger audience.

The KZN Philharmonic has a long history of collaboration with South African choirs. The 26 pieces that have been selected and arranged for orchestra and choir are characterised by uplifting lyrics which promote positive morals and value. Dr. Khoza, long considered a role model for South African citizens, feels these would be of immense value to the populace at large. His patronage, besides his life-long dedication to the arts, is founded in an attempt to pay homage to and honour the memory of his friend.

Continuing their commitment to South Africa’s choral traditions the KZN Philharmonic will accompany the finalists in the National Choir Festival at the end of next week, performing at the International Convention Centre from December 5 to 7.

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