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Our artists:
Khayelitsha United Mambazo Choir
Lungiswa Plaatjie
Nomapostile Nyiki
Dionys Breukers

About Khayelitsha United Mambazo Choir

The Khayelitsha United Mambazo Choir was founded in 1991. The hometown of this group: Khayelitsha, the largest township of Capetown. Over a milion people live in Khayelisha, amongst them our “K-men”, all in the same neighbourhood.

Their specialty is Isicathamiya, a South African music style dating from the 20’s and 30’s, a period in which many migration workers headed tot he city in order to find a job. For entertainment and so they could express their emotions, the men started to sing and dance together. This is why typically Isicathamiya choirs contain exclusively men. The one goal is harmony. Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a well known choir within this genre, world famous thanks to their cooperation with Paul Simon and their joint CD ‘Graceland’. This was a great inspiration for the Khayelitsha United Mambazo choir.

The choir from Khayelitsha performs at V&A Waterfront in Capetown on a daily basis. A touristic hotspot near the harbour of Capetown. The singers aren’t just interested in performing, they also work together with the Olive Leaf Foundation, a South-African charity organisation that (among other good causes) helps the childeren and adolescents of Khayelitsha. This way, the men of the Khayelitsha United Mambazo Choir are a role model for boys; they teach them how to sing and dance and help them to persue a better future.

About Jitsvinger

Jitsvinger is an established Cape Flats-born conceptual writer, composer, guitarist, educator, musician, poet and performing artist. After the success of his debut album, Skeletsleutel, Jitsvinger has collaborated with classical musicians, jazz nominees, pioneers and legends, and has performed on stages and in festivals both locally in his home country of South Africa and internationally including Taiwan, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Chile. He has composed and written music for theatre productions and film. Jitsvinger is a social commentator on issues concerning heritage, culture, and especially the Afrikaans language.

About Lungiswa Plaatjies and Nomapostile Nyiki

Lungiswa Plaatjies and Nomapostile Nyiki both started singing at the age of 7 and are now lead vocalists. ‘Lulu’ is born and raised in Cape Town’s Langa township, and armed with an mbira and powerful and unique vocal cords. She is one of the lead singers of Amampondo, one of South African’s neo-traditional music sensations. ‘Noma’ studied African Music at University of Cape Town and is a conductor of the Acts of Apostolic Church. Lulu has a haunting and bewitching voice and ably weaves traditional songs with contempary sounds. She is the only South African female musician to play the imbira and incorporate it into her compositions. Noma plays indeginous instruments like uhadi (a Xhosa bow).

“I have travelled around the world and visited many countries abroad. And what I’ve learnt is that a true artist must serve the people; this is what I want to do. It’s really the only way I can thank God for blessing me with the gift of this voice" – Lungiswa Plaatjies

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