Date(s) - Wed - 27 Sep
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Dear friends of the UFC,
Please join Dr Thokozani Mhlambi’ s Seminar presentation ‘New thinking on Culture, Music & Public Life: KZN & beyond’, Hosted by DUT’s Urban Futures Centre.
PRESENTER: Dr Thokozani Mhlambi
DATE: Wednesday, 27th September 2017
VENUE: Steve Biko Campus – DUT, UFC offices, S2 Block, Level 4, Room DP4.01B (UFC Common Room). Entrance Gate 1 & 2. 79 Steve Biko Road
Dr Thokozani Mhlambi is the NRF Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovation, at the Archive & Public Culture Research Initiative at the University of Cape Town.
An internationally recognized KZN-born cellist & composer, Mhlambi style of music draws from the rich heritage of KZN, while still asserting global standards of quality music-making.
In 2016 his composition “Uyambona lo Mfana,” was performed by the Delta Ensemble of Modern Music in Brazil.
He is a winner of the African Studies Prize.
In 2016 was also commissioned by New Music SA to compose an electronic piece which was performed at the Unyazi Electronic Music Festival in Cape Town. Mhlambi was also one of the featured artists in the World Summit on Arts & Culture. His piece “Ukuxhentsa kwa Miriam: Inspired by the life of Miriam Makeba” was proudly published by the Miriam Makeba Foundation on their online platforms. Ukuxhentsa was originally commissioned by the Izithunguthu Precolonial Conference 2015, a conference curated by the Archive & Public Culture Research Initiative & the Five Hundred Year Archive Project.
He has been a guest lecturer in Music at the University of Marinhao (Brazil), University of Jyvaskyla (Finland), where he showcased indigenous music traditions of South Africa.
He has published on numerous music related topics including kwaito, house music, loudspeaker broadcasting. His paper on kwaito, “Kwaitofabulous” remains one of the most cited papers on popular music in South Africa.
He is also involved in a number of music-related BRICS initiatives, including the AfroAsia (whose aim is to expand knowledge on music exchanges that took place between Africa and India from the 13th century), as well as the Sonologia: Sound Studies initiative at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.
In 2017, he was invited to present in China on African Kings.
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