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Playlist of Bongani Ndodana-Breen

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  • Osmo Vänskä and Bongani Ndodana-Breen on Harmonia Ubuntu

    3:50

    Bongani Ndodana-Breen's Harmonia Ubuntu, commissioned by Classical Movements, will be featured on every performance on the South Africa tour. Learn more about the piece from the composer and Music Director Osmo Vänskä.

    Follow the tour: minnesotaorchestra.org./southafrica

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  • Ndodana-Breen - African Kaddish - Orlando Cela, conductor

    9:03

    Live performance of African Kaddish, by Bongani Ndodana-Breen, at Hanes Auditorium, Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC.

    NC Governor's School Orchestra 2018

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  • Bongani Ndodana-Breen Visions II

    4:28

    Lindsey Fillingham (flute) performs Visions Part II by Bongani Ndodana-Breen at the International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston-upon-Thames 2014.

  • Rowland Sutherland performs Visions composed by Bongani Ndodana-Breen

    6:08

    Visions, composed by Bongani Ndodana-Breen, was of one of two solo flute compositions performed by Rowland Sutherland as part of the ‘Harmonies from Classical Melodies’ concerts hosted by Transculturalvisions. The concerts concluded Phase 2 of the Singing Cultures project celebrating the sound and spirit of African Classical Music (more information at

    In Visions Ndodana-Breen uses the pentatonic scale and rhythmic motifs as a means of sectionalising each piece; drastic changes in rhythmic texture and louder dynamics to indicate moments of climax; and the minimalist technique for slow changes in harmonic rhythm. In the composer’s words the title of Visions describes “fragments of memories – a vision of Africa, the people and the places I once knew and grew up with now clouded by distance and time, an attempt to hold on to fragmented memory and self”. (edited extract from Three Pieces for Solo Flute published by African Music Publishers)

    For many in the audience Rowland’s performance was breathtaking and inspirational beautifully captured in this quote:

    “I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it. My nieces and nephews and sons and daughters thoroughly enjoyed it. They just said, “Mum, Wow! Wow! And for me it’s a challenge to our senses. That we are not just here. We don’t just have a voice. We have a voice that can do all sorts of other things. And we have breath that does all sorts of things. And I remember saying to him (Rowland), the piece that I liked most was the dawn chorus one for me. That’s what I coined it as, ‘the dawn chorus’, because I could hear every bird, every sound in the Serengeti, that’s where I was. And it was just wonderful. And the work that we are doing which is about Africa, not only just hearing about those people (composers) in terms of their everyday lives but for me it’s about where that place (Africa) and this music is placed.” Blossom Cole, Singing Cultures Chorister

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  • Ndodana-Breen - African Kaddish - NCGS 2018 Orchestra

    7:40

    Live performance of Bongani Ndodana-Breen's African Kaddish, by the 2018 NC Governor's School Orchestra. Conducted by Orlando Cela; filmed by Nicole Parks.

  • Minnesota Orchestra, Goitsemang Lehobye Premiere Bongani Ndodana-Breens Harmonia Ubuntu

    1:12

    Immediately following their third trip to the BBC Proms with Classical Movements, from August 8-19, 2018, the pioneering Minnesota Orchestra and Music Director Osmo Vänskä will embark on a five-concert tour to Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Soweto and Johannesburg—the first-ever visit by a professional U.S. orchestra to South Africa—in partnership with Classical Movements’ world-wide celebrations of the late Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birth.

    In addition to repertoire honoring Leonard Bernstein's own centennial, Minnesota's Grammy-winning renditions of the Beethoven and Sibelius symphonies, as well as a variety of African songs arranged for orchestra and choir in local languages such as Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho, maestro Vänskä will conduct the South African premiere of a work specially commissioned by Classical Movements' Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program: internationally lauded South African composer Dr. Bongani Ndodana-Breen's setting of Madiba's own words, titled Harmonia Ubuntu, starring Cape Town soprano Goitsemang Oniccah Lehobye.

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  • Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra Perform Beethovens Fifth, Ninth Symphonies in South Africa

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    Immediately following their third trip to the BBC Proms with Classical Movements, from August 8-19, 2018, the pioneering Minnesota Orchestra and Music Director Osmo Vänskä will embark on a five-concert tour to Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Soweto and Johannesburg—the first-ever visit by a professional U.S. orchestra to South Africa—in partnership with Classical Movements’ world-wide celebrations of the late Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birth.

    In addition to repertoire honoring Leonard Bernstein's own centennial, Minnesota's Grammy-winning renditions of the Beethoven and Sibelius symphonies, as well as a variety of African songs arranged for orchestra and choir in local languages such as Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho, maestro Vänskä will conduct the South African premiere of a work specially commissioned by Classical Movements' Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program: internationally lauded South African composer Dr. Bongani Ndodana-Breen's setting of Madiba's own words, titled Harmonia Ubuntu, starring Cape Town soprano Goitsemang Oniccah Lehobye.

    In both Soweto and Johannesburg, the Minnesota Chorale and the South Africa-based Gauteng Choristers will join the orchestra to perform the final movement (“Ode to Joy”) of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, featuring a quartet of all-South African soloists: soprano Goitsemang Oniccah Lehobye, mezzo Minette du Toit-Pearce, tenor Siyabonga Maqungo and bass-baritone Njabulo Madlala.

  • Flowers in the Sand: Part 1: After the First Rain

    5:28

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Flowers in the Sand: Part 1: After the First Rain (South Africa) · Bongani Ndoana · William Chapman Nyaho

    Asa: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent (Volume 2)

    ℗ 2008 MSR Music LLC

    Released on: 2008-11-14

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Harmonia Ubuntu World Premiere

    1:40

    Enjoy this clip from the world premiere of Harmonia Ubuntu — featuring soprano Goitsemang Lehobye!

    Composer Dr. Bongani Ndodana-Breen speaks about how Nelson Mandela inspired this work’s creation, writing that he “was the exemplar of the African values of ubuntu—the knowledge that one's humanity is tied to the humanity of others or humanity towards others.”

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  • No. 1. Inyanga

    4:11

    Provided to YouTube by NAXOS of America

    No. 1. Inyanga · Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

    Piano Trios - Krammer, G. / Woolrich, J. / Ye, X.G. / Doderer, J. / Ndodana-Breen, B. / Sanchez-Verdu, J. (Dedicated To Haydn)

    ℗ 2009 CapriccioNR

    Released on: 2009-08-01

    Composer: Bongani Ndodana-Breen
    Ensemble: Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

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  • Flowers in the Sand: Part 2: Colours in the Dunes

    4:18

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Flowers in the Sand: Part 2: Colours in the Dunes (South Africa) · Bongani Ndoana · William Chapman Nyaho

    Asa: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent (Volume 2)

    ℗ 2008 MSR Music LLC

    Released on: 2008-11-14

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • No. 2. Intsomi

    2:37

    Provided to YouTube by NAXOS of America

    No. 2. Intsomi · Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

    Piano Trios - Krammer, G. / Woolrich, J. / Ye, X.G. / Doderer, J. / Ndodana-Breen, B. / Sanchez-Verdu, J. (Dedicated To Haydn)

    ℗ 2009 CapriccioNR

    Released on: 2009-08-01

    Composer: Bongani Ndodana-Breen
    Ensemble: Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Musical Ubuntu: Minnesota Orchestra & Chorale in South Africa

    1:21

    Over the course of 12 days, more than 800 South African musicians and 20 leading musical organizations will collaborate with 160 musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Chorale. Very limited tickets remain to experience their joyful joint performances of Beethoven, Bernstein, Sibelius, Bongani Ndodana-Breen and popular African songs: bit.ly/minnesotasa

  • Minnesota Orchestra Play Bernstein on Historic Tour to South Africa!

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    Immediately following their third trip to the BBC Proms with Classical Movements, from August 8-19, 2018, the pioneering Minnesota Orchestra and Music Director Osmo Vänskä will embark on a five-concert tour to Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Soweto and Johannesburg—the first-ever visit by a professional U.S. orchestra to South Africa—in partnership with Classical Movements’ world-wide celebrations of the late Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birth.

    In addition to repertoire honoring Leonard Bernstein's own centennial, Minnesota's Grammy-winning renditions of the Beethoven and Sibelius symphonies, as well as a variety of African songs arranged for orchestra and choir in local languages such as Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho, maestro Vänskä will conduct the South African premiere of a work specially commissioned by Classical Movements' Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program: internationally lauded South African composer Dr. Bongani Ndodana-Breen's setting of Madiba's own words, titled Harmonia Ubuntu, starring Cape Town soprano Goitsemang Oniccah Lehobye.

    In both Soweto and Johannesburg, the Minnesota Chorale and the South Africa-based Gauteng Choristers will join the orchestra to perform the final movement (“Ode to Joy”) of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, featuring a quartet of all-South African soloists: soprano Goitsemang Oniccah Lehobye, mezzo Minette du Toit-Pearce, tenor Siyabonga Maqungo and bass-baritone Njabulo Madlala.

    Inside Soweto’s Regina Mundi Roman Catholic Church—the same venue that sheltered anti-apartheid activists and hosted South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation hearings—Minnesota Public Radio will engineer a live concert broadcast, as it did for the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2015 performances in Cuba, also arranged by Classical Movements.

    Minneapolis audiences will be the first to experience the “Music for Mandela” project as part of the orchestra’s annual Sommerfest (July 13-August 1), which explores musical expressions of peace, freedom and reconciliation in 10 concerts at Orchestra Hall, including the true world premiere of Ndodana-Breen's Harmonia Ubuntu on Friday, July 20 at 8:00 p.m. Classical Movements is delighted that Dr. Makaziwe Maki Mandela, eldest daughter of Nelson Mandela, and Anant Singh, producer of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, will serve as Sommerfest’s guest speakers.

  • Ilulu

    4:32

    Provided to YouTube by CDBaby

    Ilulu (Oja Flute Suite) · Wendy Hymes & Darryl Hollister

    African Art Music For Flute

    ℗ 2008 Wendy Hymes & Darryl Hollister

    Released on: 2008-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Osmo Vänskä conducts Mahlers Fourth Symphony

    1:00

    Osmo Vänskä and Minnesota Orchestra brought the 2017-18 season to a fitting finish with Mahler's radiant Fourth Symphony.

  • Minnesota Orchestra at the BBC Proms

    1:26

    On August 6, the Minnesota Orchestra made a triumphant return to the BBC Proms, the world’s largest classical music festival, with an all-American program. Music Director Osmo Vänskä led the Orchestra in a performance of Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, featuring Inon Barnatan as soloist, and Charles Ives’ visionary Symphony No. 2.

    Read more:

  • Music for Mandela: Perspectives From America

    5:46

    Osmo Vänskä led an evening of pageantry celebrating the life journey of Nelson Mandela on his centenary—through words, video tributes and music on July 20 at Orchestra Hall.

  • Open Rehearsal for Minnesota Orchestra in Cape Town, South Africa: Fri, 10 Aug, 2-4 PM

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    Due to overwhelming demand for the Minnesota Orchestra's sold-out concert in Cape Town, maestro Osmo Vänskä has added Open Rehearsal: Minnesota Orchestra in Cape Town - Fri, 10 Aug—2 to 4 PM at the newly remodeled Cape Town City Hall! Open seating tickets available only through Quicket: qkt.io/minnesotactrehearse

    For just R125, watch the first-ever American orchestra in South Africa rehearse Beethoven, Bernstein, Sibelius and Bongani Ndodana-Breen's tribute to Madiba, Harmonia Ubuntu, starring beloved soprano Goitsemang Oniccah Lehobye.

  • Sempre Libera Goitsemang Lehobye

    5:11

    Goitsemang Lehobye (Soprano) & Albert Combrink (Piano)

    Giuseppe Verdi (Born: October 10, 1813, Le Roncole, Italy
    Died: January 27, 1901, Milan, Italy) - LA TRAVIATA (First performance: March 6, 1853)

    Live amateur footage: Midweek Sessions, Greenmarket Square Methodist Church, Cape Town South Africa





    COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER - the work is in the PUBLIC DOMAIN:

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  • Minnesota Orchestra Debuts at Durban City Hall: Sun, 12 Aug, 5 PM

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    Featuring an opening performance from Durban’s own Clermont Choir Foundation, the Minnesota Orchestra in Durban, South Africa: Sun, 12 Aug will find maestro Osmo Vänskä conducting Bernstein, Sibelius and Beethoven's epic Fifth Symphony, as well as the South African premiere of Bongani Ndodana-Breen's tribute to Madiba, Harmonia Ubuntu, starring the sensational soprano Goitsemang Oniccah Lehobye. Presented in association with the Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic, book now through Computicket: bit.ly/minnesotadurban

  • Minnesota Orchestra with the South African National Youth Orchestra

    2:58

    The Orchestra headed to the University of Pretoria on Wednesday, August 15, for an afternoon side-by-side rehearsal with the South African National Youth Orchestra.

    Follow along throughout the tour: minnesotaorchestra.org/southafrica

  • MN Orch Musicians at Missourilaan Secondary School

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    When the musicians arrive at the school, hundreds of students, ages 13 and up, are assembled in a windswept courtyard wearing proper blue school uniforms. Missourilaan Secondary School has known difficult days its leaders say but, led by Principal Julius Van Rensburg, they are intent on propelling the school to new heights and preparing its 1,260 students to face the world.

    The Saint Paul-based nonprofit Books For Africa is donating 40,000 books to this community, some 12,000 of which will find their way here. “We want to partner with Missourilaan and make it a place of excellence,” says Judge LaJune Lange, Minnesota’s Honorary South African Consul who has also arrived at the event.

    Follow along throughout the tour: minnesotaorchestra.org/southafrica

  • Golijov Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra

    2:00

    Osmo Vänskä, conductor
    Goitsemang Lehobye, soprano

    As part of a multi-year commissioning project celebrating its centennial in 2003, the Minnesota Orchestra commissioned Osvaldo Golijov to orchestrate his Three Songs for Soprano and
    Orchestra. Golijov (born 1960) gathered three separate songs originally composed for other occasions, with words by three poets in three languages, and orchestrated them. They include a
    gypsy-tinged lullaby in Yiddish, a despairing yet luminous song in Galician and a fusing of Emily Dickinson poems into a poignant expression of loss. The Minnesota Orchestra and soprano Dawn
    Upshaw premiered the Three Songs on March 27, 2002.

  • Minnesota Orchestra in Cape Town

    1:57

    The spirit of Nelson Mandela was alive as MN Orch kicked off its South Africa tour with a performance at Cape Town City Hall on Friday evening.

    A couple of people said they'd never been to a classical concert before and were blown away. One woman said that she was seeing colors and recognizing nature in the music. via MPR News

    Follow along throughout the tour: minnesotaorchestra.org/southafrica

  • The Minnesota Orchestra rehearses Beethovens Ninth

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    Rehearsing the first movement of Beethoven's Ninth with Osmo Vänskä on December 31, 2015. If you're not joining us at Orchestra Hall, tune in to Classical MPR January 1 at 2pm to hear the live broadcast!

  • Un bel dì vedremo, Goitsemang Lehobye

    4:19

    Goitsemang Lehobye (Soprano) sings the aria Un bel dì vedremo, from Puccini's opera 'Madama Butterfly' accompanied by Albert Combrink (Piano) & the Stellenbosch Camerata. Amateur Footage from Opera in a Convent Garden 2014

    Read more about Goitsemang Lehobye HERE:

    Read more about Opera in a Convent Garden HERE:

    Goitsemang Lehobye -- SOPRANO -- Résumé

    Goitsemang was born in Ga-Rankuwa in South Africa and loved singing from as early as she can remember. After finishing her school career, she could not pursue her studies due to a lack of funds and she joined The Black Tie Ensemble's Incubator Scheme in February 2005. Goitsemang performed with The Black Tie Opera Chorus, taking part in productions of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Pasquale Puccini's Tosca and Madama Butterfly and Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci and Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana.

    Goitsemang soon attracted attention for solo work and her achievements include the role of Micaëla, in Tshwane University of Technology's production of Bizet's Carmen, and the DVD recording of Bravo Mozart and Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow.

    In the beginning of 2011 Goitsemang got the opportunity to further her studies at the South African College of Music (SACM) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). In May 2011 she sang the role of Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème in the Baxter Theatre

    Highlights of her career include the Johan Botha Gala Concert at the Montecasino Theatre in Johannesburg presented by Cape Town Opera and the CPO's Neil Schicoff Opera Gala. Most recently she took a leading role in CTO's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. She was also winner of the 2013 Schock Sining Competition. She currently receives vocal training from Hanna van Niekerk.

  • Flowers In The Sand

    4:25

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Flowers In The Sand · The Apop

    She Is Gone But Her Ghost Still Haunts Me

    ℗ 2008 Black Numbers/GMC Records

    Released on: 2008-07-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Music for Mandela: South Africa Tour 2018

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    Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra will embark on a five-city tour to South Africa this summer—the first visit by a professional U.S. orchestra to the country. Offered as part of the worldwide celebration of Nelson Mandela's Centenary, the tour will draw together South African and American performers and music, offering musical exchanges with student groups and large-scale performances in colleges, city halls, and churches.

    Learn more:

  • 15% Freedom Day Discount for Minnesota Orchestras Historic South African Tour

    1:01

    Immediately following the BBC Proms, the pioneering Minnesota Orchestra, in partnership with Classical Movements, will embark on a five-city tour to South Africa—the first visit by a professional U.S. orchestra to the Rainbow Nation—in connection with the world-wide centennial celebration of the late Nobel Peace Prize-winning South African leader and human rights advocate Nelson Mandela.

    In addition to works honoring Bernstein's own centenary, Minnesota's revered renditions of the Beethoven and Sibelius symphonies, as well as a variety of African songs arranged for orchestra and choir in local languages such as Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho, Osmo Vänskä will conduct the South African premiere of work specially commissioned by Classical Movements' Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program: internationally lauded South African composer Dr. Bongani Ndodana-Breen's setting of Madiba's own words, titled Harmonia Ubuntu, starring Cape Town soprano Goitsemang Oniccah Lehobye.

    For more information, please visit:

  • The South African Sopranos - The Flower Duet/Delibes:Lakme

    1:54

    The South African Sopranos:
    Vanessa Tait Jones, Jo-Nette leKay, Janelle Visagie, Goitsemang Lehobye, Magdalene Minnaar, Elna van der Merwe (piano)
    Niël Rademan (founder/producer)

  • Tacea la notte placida - Goitsemang Lehobye

    5:22

    Tacea la notte placida, Leonora's aria from Il Trovatore (Giusepe Verdi)
    Leonora - Goitsemang Lehobye
    Keyboard - Albert Combrink

    Full text and translation:

    Translation into English by Guia Monti (added 1997-07-20)
    Tacea la notte placida, Leonora's aria from Il Trovatore

    Tacea la notte placida The night was still and quiet
    e bella in ciel sereno and beautiful in the terse sky
    la luna il viso argenteo the silvery moon
    mostrava lieto e pieno... showed her glad and full face...
    Quando suonar per l' aere, Suddenly the stillness of the night
    infino allor sì muto, was broken by
    dolci s' udiro e flebili weal and sweet harmony -
    gli accordi di un liuto, the notes of a lute -
    e versi melanconici (and a troubador sang
    un Trovator cantò. a melancholy song.)
    Versi di prece ed umile Those verses were humble like the invocation
    qual d' uom che prega Iddio of a man praying to God.
    in quella ripeteasi (In that song
    un nome...il nome mio! a name was constantly repeated...mine!...)
    Corsi al veron sollecita... So I rushed to the balcony...
    Egli era! egli era desso!... It was him! it was him!...
    Gioia provai che agli angeli I felt the joy that only angels
    solo è provar concesso!... are allowed to feel!...
    Al core, al guardo estatico To my heart, to my blissful glance,
    la terra un ciel sembrò. the earth seemed like Paradise.

    Translations/Aria Texts:
    Translation into English by Guia Monti (added 1997-07-20)
    Di tale amor, Leonora's aria from Il Trovatore

    Di tale amor che dirsi A love that can
    mal può dalla parola, hardly be put into words,
    d' amor che intendo io sola, a love that only I can understand,
    il cor s' inebriò! such a love has filled my heart!
    Il mio destino compiersi My destiny will be fulfilled
    non può che a lui dappresso... only at his side...
    S' io non vivrò per esso, I will live only for him,
    per esso io morirò! if not, I will die for him!

  • Welcome to Cape Town

    2:57

    Minnesota Orchestra musicians arrived in bright and breezy Cape Town on Wednesday morning. The first two days were filled with a musical welcome and collaborations with students from the Cape Music Institute.

    Follow along throughout the South Africa tour at minnesotaorchestra.org/southafrica

  • Ah guarda sorella - Goitsemang Lehobye & Bongiwe Nakani, Albert Combrink

    4:41

    Ah guarda sorella - Cosi fan tutte (W.A. Mozart)
    Goitsemang Lehobye - Fiordiligi
    Bongiwe Nakani - Dorabella
    Albert Combrink - Piano

  • Iroro

    4:12

    Provided to YouTube by CDBaby

    Iroro · Wendy Hymes & Darryl Hollister

    African Art Music For Flute

    ℗ 2008 Wendy Hymes & Darryl Hollister

    Released on: 2008-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Drizzle Two by Rowland Sutherland lyrics by Filomena Campus

    8:24

    Played by In Kimbe

    Rowland Sutherland - flute
    Filomena Campus - voice
    John Crawford - piano
    Dudley Phillips - bass
    Simon Pearson - drums

    Composition by Rowland Sutherland.

    Lyrics by Filomena Campus.

  • Ayevwiomo

    5:58

    Provided to YouTube by CDBaby

    Ayevwiomo · Wendy Hymes & Darryl Hollister

    African Art Music For Flute

    ℗ 2008 Wendy Hymes & Darryl Hollister

    Released on: 2008-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Winnie, The Opera excerpt

    2:48

    An excerpt from a stage rehearsal of Winnie The Opera
    Music Bongani Ndodana-Breen, Librettor by Mfundi Vundla, Warren Willensky directed by ShirleyJo Finney

  • REMEMBER DIDO: 03_Miniatures on Motherhood - Allegro ma non troppo, Bongani Ndodana Breen

    1:02

    REMEMBER DIDO: 03_Miniatures on Motherhood - Allegro ma non troppo, Bongani Ndodana Breen
    Ensemble così facciamo
    Stephanie Krug: Sopran, Daniel Sepec: Violine, Thomas Fheodoroff: Violine, Ursula Kortschak: Viola, Hans Huyssen, Cello

    REMEMBER DIDO vereint historische und zeitgenössische Musik aus Afrika und Europa in einer lebendigen Verbindung und Gegenüberstellung, gespielt durch ein europäisches Streichquartett auf historischen Barockinstrumenten.

  • Nyaka Ozayo

    5:38

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    Nyaka Ozayo · Bongani Mavuso

    The Story of My Life

    ℗ 2017 Kamavuso Verse Entertainment

    Released on: 2017-01-31

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Echezonachukwu Nduka - Perspectives on African Pianism: A Public Lecture in New Jersey, USA

    38:53

    On Tuesday Nov. 12, Nigerian-born pianist and poet Echezonachukwu Nduka delivered a public lecture titled Perspectives on African Pianism: The Piano Music of Nigerian & Ghanaian Composers.

    Visit the pianist's official website:

    PART A: LECTURE
    The concept of African Pianism is one of the hallmarks of African art music in the 20th century. African composers who are mostly trained in the Western tradition of classical music, take advantage of their bi-cultural and bi-musical backgrounds to compose piano works of distinctive quality that exude traits of interconnections across cultures. Hence, basic and complex rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic idioms of indigenous musical forms are often taken as materials for composing piano music. Over the years, scholars, composers and performers alike, have continued in this tradition, while expanding the limits of theories and performance practices on African Pianism.

    The Perspectives:

    (a) Historical Perspective
    (b) Ethnomusicological/Compositional Perspective
    (c) Impressionistic Perspective
    (d) Analytical Perspective
    (e) Performance Perspective


    PRESENTED BY THE SOMERS POINT ARTS COMMISSION

  • The Song of the Lark: Flight

    2:03

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    The Song of the Lark: Flight · Charles Rochester Young · Jonathan Keeble · Ann Yeung

    Voyage: American Music for Flute and Harp

    ℗ 2010 Albany Records

    Released on: 2010-04-01

    Music Publisher: Little Piper Press

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Lunchtime with Monica Chew - Flower Music

    27:59

    Bongani Ndodana-Breen, Flowers in the Sand
    Luciano Chessa, Wordsworth's Daffodils

    This is an upload of the performance I did on Facebook on Friday, 26 June. I felt the video quality issues were unacceptable in today's YouTube livestream.

  • Excerpts from HANI

    2:20

    Excerpts from the chamber opera Hani
    Music: Bongani Ndodana-Breen
    Libretto: Mfundi Vundla
    Cape Town Opera & UCT Opera School,
    Cape Town Philharmonic conductor K. Kahn
    Director Marcus Desando
    Sep 2010, Baxter Theatre Cape Town

  • Galilei: Little Suite

    6:25

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Galilei: Little Suite · Laurindo Almeida

    The Art of Laurindo Almeida

    ℗ 2012 Vintage Masters Inc.

    Released on: 2012-03-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Republic Suite: I.

    1:37

    Provided to YouTube by CDBaby

    Republic Suite: I. · Wendy Hymes & Darryl Hollister

    African Art Music For Flute

    ℗ 2008 Wendy Hymes & Darryl Hollister

    Released on: 2008-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • African Pride P2

    5:59

    Provided to YouTube by Label Worx Ltd

    African Pride P2 (Ghetto Dub) · Sir Sledge · Scarllet Grey

    African Pride P2

    ℗ Sir Sledge Music

    Released on: 2017-04-30

    Composer: Bongani Masina, Bongani Khumalo

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Osmo Vänskä and MPRs Brian Newhouse talk 50 year celebration concert

    2:01

    We sat down with Music Director Osmo Vänskä and Minnesota Public Radio's Brian Newhouse to discuss the rich partnership of Minnesota Orchestra and MPR.

  • Hendrik Hofmeyr - Partita africana 4. Kalunga. Ju Jin .wmv

    3:28

    Kalunga takes the form of a toccata-style perpetuum mobile depicting the incessant, macabre dance of Kalunga, the God of Death and Lord of the Netherworld of the Nguni. It is characterised, like many African dances, by the use of rapid compound metre, punctuated by irregular cross-rhythms. Much of the pitch material was also generated by juxtaposing two complementary forms of the pentatonic scale. The structure of the piece can be represented, in simplified form, as A-B-A-C-B-C-coda. In the A-sections, alternating hands are employed in much the same way that they would be in drumming, while the B-sections feature the cross-rhythms mentioned earlier. The grimly triumphant melody of the C-section is extended, on its return, to culminate in a brief coda, based on material from the earlier sections. The piece was commissioned by the South African Music Rights Organisation for the Unisa-Transnet International Piano Competition.

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    La Mer Quartet
    I.Violin: Deniz Toygür,
    II.Violin: Yumiko Awano,
    Viola: Can Şakul,
    Violoncello: Mary Elliot

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