THREE NIGHTS OF SONG
Sibongile Khumalo will treat her fans to a three-night concert where jazz meets opera
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”.
LEGACY: Sibongile Khumalo’s More Than Three Faces concert at the Market Theatre will explore her rich musical heritage.