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A historic amaHubo performance paired with international sounds in KwaDukuza

29 December 2017 Articles Latest

In association with Concerts SA and Luthuli Museum, iSupport Music Business is bringing the KZN Heritage Ensemble featuring Mbuso Khoza and Mike del Ferro (NL) to KwaDukuza Town Hall on Sunday the 7th January at 2pm.

The KZN Heritage Ensemble was formed in 2016 by Mbuso Khoza; a price winning vocalist, songwriter and composer brewed from Eshowe, after 6 years of intensive research on the style of music known as Amahubo. The Eshowe born award-winning vocalist and songwriter is taking the audience back to the time where it all began. This project seeks to educate both young and old about amaHubo, the spoken word, which is a very popular art in the Zulu Culture. Khoza aims to orchestrate and pave a way for generations to come.

AmaHubo songs are performed at traditional Zulu weddings, in war, at funerals of homestead heads and chiefs, as well as in other major traditional ceremonies involving a clan, a region and sometimes the whole Zulu ‘nation. Older generations refer to amahubo songs as the songs of the old people or ‘amagama amadlozi’, that is the songs of the ancestors. Knowledge and performance of amaHubo songs form an integral part of traditional Zulu culture. KZN Heritage Ensemble project seeks to educate and revive amaHubo songs. AmaHubo date as far back as the Shaka era, Shaka during his consolidation years assigned at least one iHubo song to each regiment. Each regiment would subsequent be identified by its iHubo song.

Khoza himself will feature as part of the choir, his music is referred to as a delicate mix of deep traditional Zulu music infused with Jazz elements. This particular sound separates him from his peers, with an ability to reach down to long gone memories. His world yet reaches beyond this world. The choir will also feature world-renowned pianist Mike del Ferro, who is travelling from The Netherlands to record with the choir. Del Ferro started playing classical piano and after falling in love with Jazz he pursued his studies on Jazz and received a Master in Contemporary Music at the Amsterdam Conservatory. 

The host of this event, The Luthuli Museum is a national cultural institution charged with conserving, upholding, promoting and propagating the life, values, philosophies and legacy of the late Chief Albert Luthuli. This concert closes off the year 2017 that marked 50 Years since Chief Albert Luthuli died on 21 July 1967 and aims to look forward to the programs the Museum plans to offer in 2018. 

This concert is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit that aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium-sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape. Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa.  It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

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KZN Heritage Ensemble, featuring Mbuso Khoza and Mike Del Ferro 

Sunday  7th January 2018

KwaDukuza Town Hall, King Shaka Street

2pm//R20 (tickets at the door)