Musical tribute to the Zulu monarchy

2016-09-28 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Bongani Tembe.

PHOTO: supplied Bongani Tembe.

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THE KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Naum Rousine and an array of South African talent, will render a musical tribute to the 200th anniversary of the Zulu monarchy with pieces composed by, among others, Mzilikazi Khumalo, Phelelani Mnomiya, Newman Sibisi and Hendrik Hofmeyr. The programme will also include the world premiere of music specifically dedicated to this event by Warren Bessey and Naum Rousine.

The tribute is on 22 September at the Durban City Hall at 7.30pm and will begin with work by Rousine called Warriors, a music dedication that adulates the Zulu nation. This will be followed by operatic excerpts from uZiyankomo by Phelelani Mnomiya, which highlight the virtues of morality contemporal in the life and the reign of the Zulu king, Mpande kaSenzangakhona.

Hofmeyr’s Marimba Concerto for String Orchestra follows suit with percussionist Magdalene de Vries. The first half seals with Khumalo’s KwaDedangedlale, a song for soloists, choir and orchestra.

The second half resumes with the adornment of Queen Nandi in the work of Bessey’s Nandi, iNdlovukazi yeziNdlovukazi (Queen of Queens), a celebration of the life of uShaka’s mother.

An interlude from Sibisi strokes the spirit in the gentility of Uz’ungangilahli Jehova. The programme closes with excerpts from one of the most important works by a South African composer — uShaka kaSenzangakhona by Khumalo. This finale is an ode to the legend of King Shaka Zulu. Soloists will include leading tenor Bongani Tembe, accomplished sopranos, Thembisile Thwala and Nozuko Ntetho, tenor, Khulekani Khumalo, brass baritone; Andile Dlamini singing along with the award-winning Clermont Community Choir, the Prince Mshiyeni Choir and the Thokozani Choral Society. Come join us as we celebrate our heritage and diversity through the art of music-making.

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from www.comput icket.com 0861 915 8000, or from Shoprite Checkers Money Market counters.

You can gain a deeper understanding of the music you are about to hear by attending the Friends of Music’s Pre-Concert Lecture at the city hall starting at 6pm. Entry is R10.

- Supplied.

For more information contact 031 369 9477 or email Zanele Khomo marketing@kznphil. org.za additional information and updates can be found on the KZN Philharmonic’s website, www.kznphil.org.za and Facebook pages.

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