classical music

Brand South African partners with Mandela Trilogy in Dubai

A musical based on the early life and revolutionary awakening of Nelson Mandela, The Mandela Trilogy, was performed at the Dubai Opera House in...

South Africa’s commercial radio stations

A guide to South Africa's commercial radio stations, which includes what each offers, what frequency to tune into and where the broadcasting areas are. Brand...

South African opera songbird soars around the globe

South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza has sung in some of the world's greatest opera houses, and gave a rare homecoming performance in Johannesburg in...

Malunga follows the music

A classically trained pianist and cellist who has put in years as an entertainment lawyer, Unathi Malunga is adding new notes to her score. She is studying orchestral conducting, and plans to be the first black African woman to conduct a professional orchestra.

Remembering Joe Slovo, 20 years on

Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of the death of South African struggle stalwart Joe Slovo. Commended as an outstanding revolutionary by former president Nelson Mandela, Slovo headed up the SA Community Party and dedicated his life to gaining power for all the people of South Africa.

Music van de Caab keeps Khoi and San music alive

The Solms-Delta wine estate in the Franschhoek Valley, Cape Winelands, is reviving San and Khoi music through the Music van de Caab project and an exhibition showcasing musical instruments.

The joy of music reigns in Kinshasa’s veins

Self-taught and using patched-up, homemade and reverse engineered instruments, the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste is doing something extraordinary. The only all-black orchestra in the world – and the only orchestra at all in central Africa – it is revelling in the beauty of classical music.

Limpopo Orchestra releases album

An ambitious project to bring music to the poor of Limpopo, and grow well-rounded children, has borne fruit. The Limpopo Youth Orchestra has recorded its first CD.
South African youth orchestra set to wow Europe

Remembering Enoch Sontonga

Enoch Mankayi Sontonga died in obscurity on 18 April 106 years ago, aged just 33. But he left an indelible legacy. His hymn “Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika” (God bless Africa) went on to become the continent’s most famous anthem of black struggle against oppression.
Building bridges with classical music

South African quartet plays for peace

A group of internationally acclaimed South African musicians have come together to form a Quartet of Peace that is using classical music to promote worldwide the ideals of reconciliation, freedom and hope represented by South Africa's four Nobel Peace laureates.