Melodi: The Evolution Of South African Choral Music

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In South Africa, choral music has been prominent in schools, churches, and community choirs since the 19th century and is said to have been introduced to the region when it was first colonised by the Dutch East India Company in 1652. Missionaries established institutions in the villages of the local people and translated the Bible and hymn books into the local languages. Sabelo Mthembu’s latest production, Melodi: The Evolution of South African Choral Music. This choral production takes a deep dive into the rich history of choral music in South Africa, exploring its evolution through different eras and the profound societal and political influences that have shaped this musical tradition. Mthembu’s residency project promises audiences an enlightening journey through the diverse landscapes of South African choral music. From its humble beginnings to its current forms, Melodi unfolds the intricate tapestry of melodies that reflect the heart and soul of the nation. In this conversation, we talk about choral music in SA with Conductor and Composer Sabelo Mthembu.

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