Ingoma ka Tiyo Soga

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Visual Art
All ages
New Gallery

Company: Sikhumbuzo Makandula & Mthwakazi

Visual & performance artist: Sikhumbuzo Makandula
Violinist: Christopher Jardine
Jazz vocalist: Wandithanda Makandula
Opera singer: Mthwakazi

Composed 160 years ago, Tiyo Soga’s music continues to form part of our everyday as an oral repertoire that thrives in many South African churches and schools.

Visual artist Sikhumbuzo Makandula and singer/songwriter Mthwakazi will present a new iteration of Ingoma ka Tiyo Soga, which explores the music composed 160 years ago by pioneering intellectual, composer and evangelist Tiyo Soga (1829-1871). Soga was the first black South African to be ordained (1856) and he worked to translate the Bible and John Bunyan’s classic work Pilgrim’s Progress into isiXhosa.

This installation draws from 1862 Indaba, Presbyterian Missionary Press, and expands on the archival songbooks of black intellectuals whom Rev Tiyo Soga influenced, such as John Knox Bokwe and Benjamin Tyamzashe.

Sikhumbuzo Makandula is a visual and performance artist based in Cape Town. He is a Masters candidate at the University of Cape Town in Performance and Interdisciplinary studies through the Institute for Creative Arts.

Mthwakazi (Bongiwe Lusizi) hails from Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape. A trained opera singer, she studied for a Masters in Performance at London Garrick Theatre, Holland Luxor Theatre and Paris Chatta’lle Theatre.


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