A Thanksgiving Ritual: Umgidi - Nduduzo Makhathini

Fri Sep 16, 20:00 - Fri Sep 16, 22:00

Fismer Hall


A Thanksgiving Ritual: Umgidi

Nduduzo Makhathini

(in partial fulfilment of an Integrated PhD in Music, Stellenbosch University)



Piano and Spoken Word: Nduduzo Makhathini 

Vocals and Poetry: Mbuso Khoza

Alto Saxophone: Justin Bellairs 

Double Bass: Stephen de Souza

Drums: Dane Paris



At the core of this sonic ritual/meditation, I demonstrate the importance of a community (in the form of a large ensemble with an audience) in music-making as a collective process. Here I work inside the concepts of ngoma and ntu as invocations of wholeness. This performance forms part of locating my own approaches in improvisation, which I call ingoma-sbhulo (a divining sound-field that points towards revealing an elsewhere). Part of what this meditation does, is to (re)contextualize the piano in an African context, both within African music practices/repertoire and as a ritual object performing in ritual technology. Parallel to that, I seek in this event to juxtapose the idea of multiple-voices to that of ‘the throwing of the bones’ during divination. In this sense, improvisation enters the realm of prophetic knowledge via a meditation sequence: known-unknown-newknowing


Ultimately, this performance will be a thanksgiving ritual to pay gratitude to the spirit guides that collaborated with me in creating this work. 

Siyathokoza Makhosi Amakhulu


A Thanksgiving Ritual: Umgidi - Nduduzo Makhathini
Fismer Hall
Victoria St & Neethling St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7602
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