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Monday, September 25, 2017


(Dr Thokozani Mhlambi. Pic by Val Adamson)

Internationally acclaimed KZN-born composer, cellist and academic, Dr Thokozani Mhlambi is presenting a series of special one-off Durban concerts and events for Heritage Month, embracing multiple genres and influences - from Beethoven to Mazisi Kunene - in and around Durban from September 27 to 30, 2017

He will be using different media and multi-cultural musicians to creatively explore new South African music idioms through new music, electronic soundscapes, spoken word and orchestra works. He has assembled around him an ensemble of like-minded music makers from KZN, UK, Italy and Peru.

Mhlambi, who plays a custom-designed, handmade Baroque cello with gut strings, creates innovative new work drawn from the rich heritage of KZN, while still asserting global standards of quality music-making.

Events take place as follows:

September 28 at 18h30 for 19h00: Playhouse Loft. Opening Cocktail Function and Concert. Zulu Songcycle with Dr Thokozani Mhlambi. Sponsored by Remy Martin. Tickets R150 booked through Computicket or Playhouse boxoffice.

September 29 at 18h00: Botho Pan African Arts Festival at Wushwini Pan African Centre. In Conversation with Joao Orecchia with Dr Thokozani Mhlambi and Sound Experiment, featuring Peru/Johannesburg composer Joao Orecchia with Dr Thokozani Mhlambi. Tickets R20 at the door. For more information contact Phila Majola on 072 520 5093 or email

September 30 at 17h00: Closing Concert. Mazisi Kunene Museum, Glenwood. Extract from one of Mazisi Kunene Epic Poems, set for five-piece Orchestral Ensemble featuring Marco Marazzi on viola, Simon Milliken on double bass, Roberto Palma on violin, Maxine Matthews on saxophone and Nobuntu Mqulwana on vocals. Entry is free and all are welcome but seating is limited, so please reserve your place on 031 205 2912.