THREE NIGHTS OF SONG

Si­bongile Khu­malo will treat her fans to a three-night con­cert where jazz meets opera

The New Age (Free State) - - FRONT PAGE - MPHO KOBELI mphok@the­newage.co.za

SOUTH Africa’s lead­ing lady of song Si­bongile Khu­malo will treat her fans to three nights of her worl­drenowned opera meets jazz reper­toire.

The con­cert ti­tled More Than Three Faces Tri­une is set for the Mar­ket Theatre from Septem­ber 22-24 co­in­cides with Khu­malo’s 60th birth­day.

This long-awaited mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­ganza is hosted in part­ner­ship with Mag­no­lia Vi­sion Records in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Mar­ket Theatre as a way to hon­our the vet­eran Soweto-born per­former.

Each of the three con­certs will tell a dif­fer­ent part of Khu­malo’s story, track­ing the ba­ton through her lin­eage and legacy and each night the chron­i­cle con­tin­ues.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Ayanda Khu­malo said the nar­ra­tive is as vi­tal to Si­bongile Khu­malo’s own growth as it is cen­tral to her con­tri­bu­tion to the cul­tural in­dus­tries as an arts ed­u­ca­tor and ad­min­is­tra­tor, singer-song­writer, com­poser, per­former and men­tor.

“Through the More Than Three Faces Con­cert Tri­une, we aim to cel­e­brate Si­bongile Khu­malo’s life and give thanks for the mu­sic that has, over the years, been an in­spi­ra­tion to au­di­ences the world over,” he said.

The award-win­ning songstress will be ac­com­pa­nied by a youth­ful cham­ber orches­tra and vo­cal en­sem­ble.

In the first in­stal­ment there will be an ex­plo­ration of the rich mu­si­cal her­itage from the past as she takes her fans on a jour­ney of se­lec­tions rang­ing from the Haya Mt­wan’Omkhulu (Sing Princess) song cy­cle which she recorded in 2005, as well as se­lec­tions from The Princess Ma­gogo ka Din­uzulu Opera and se­lec­tions from uShaka ka Sen­zan­gakhona – The Epic Poem, all com­posed by Prof Mzi­likazi Khu­malo.

The pro­gramme will also in­clude com­po­si­tions by Mot­sumi Makhene, Bon­gani Ndo­dana, Isak Roux and Phillip Miller, as well as ar­range­ments of her favourite choral pieces. The More Than Three Faces con­cert tri­une draws in­spi­ra­tion from the sin­gu­lar nar­ra­tive of “the pass­ing on of the prover­bial ba­ton”.

PIC­TURE: REDFERNS

LEGACY: Si­bongile Khu­malo’s More Than Three Faces con­cert at the Mar­ket Theatre will ex­plore her rich mu­si­cal her­itage.

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