On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Dizu Plaatjies about the Ibuyambo Ensemble performance at the Wits Theatre.
Joburg audiences will have a rare opportunity to experience some of the best performances of marimba, mbira, akadinda, umrhubhe, uhadi, and African drumming when Dizu Plaatjies – Ibuyambo Ensemble take to the stage at The Wits Theatre.
Based in Cape Town, the Ibuyambo Ensemble, is a traditional ensemble lead by former Amampondo leader, Dizu Plaatjies. The five-piece group performs traditional, neo-traditional and original African songs. Virtually all instruments are handmade out of wood, animal skins, seeds, hand beaten metal.
Dizu Plaatjies, the son of a Xhosa traditional healer, grew up in the Cape Town township of Langa in South Africa. Behind his warm smile is a serious and spiritual person. He is the founder and former leader of South Africa’s internationally celebrated marimba group, Amampondo. Dizu´s compositions and arrangements of traditional songs appear on 7 albums by his former group.
Listen to Renos’ interview with Dizu Plaatjies here:
Tune in to Saturday’s Role With Reno: O Rolos Tou Savattou Me Ton Reno, Saturday mornings on The New Pan Hellenic Voice – Greek Community Radio 1422MW from 8am to 11am