On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Dr Thokozani Mhlambi about his music, research and the #AfricanComposers Project.
Dr Mhlambi is curator of the “Early African Intellectuals as Composers of Music” Project, commonly called the #AfricanComposers Project, while also working on his own debut album due for national release before the end of May 2019.
Dr Thokozani Ndumiso Mhlambi is the NRF Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovation, at the Archive & Public Culture Research Initiative at the University of Cape Town. Through his music, he explores the iconic cultural legacy of the region creatively through new music, combining African and classical elements.
Mhlambi’s compositions are simple and yet musically incisive; they show a deep engagement with the archive (the rich history of southern Africa) whilst wrestling with contemporary forms; they convey the rigours of Western classical discipline, with the imaginative limitlessness of African performance traditions.
Listen to the interview with Dr Thokozani Mhlambi here:
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