Bongani Magatyana Workshop on Bowen!


We are so delighted to have Bongani Magatyana coming to British Columbia from Cape Town in October! He will be coming to Bowen Island to offer a workshop on South African choral music – drawing from traditional Xhosa songs and his own incredible compositions. We will be learning the music by ear with accompanying dance moves. All are welcome to attend!!

BONGANI MAGATYANA is a music director, composer, and theatrical producer. Born in Cape Town in a township called Old Crossroads; his father was a self-taught choir conductor in the Old Apostolic Church (OAC). Magatyana’s father taught him to read and write tonic solfa music notation at a very young age, and he dreamed of becoming a church choir conductor like his father. Today, he conducts a 120-voice OAC choir as well as a male community choir. His folk-inspired choral compositions—popular pieces for South Africa’s major choral competitions—are performed by choirs across South Africa and internationally.

During the height of the AIDS epidemic, Magatyana led an ensemble (Siyaya, based at JL Zwane Centre in Gugulethu) that was dedicated to providing HIV-prevention education through musical productions. He currently serves as an instructor—both at home, and abroad—for the organization Village Harmony, and frequently works as a clinician with university choirs in South Africa and across the United States.

When in Cape Town, Magatyana directs the Khayelitsha Children’s Choir, teaches at the Zolani Centre in Nyanga Township, leads an educational musical theatre company, and continues to compose music in a variety of genres, bringing vibrant performances to communities across the world.  Bongani just produced a musical theatre production called Izikhalo Zika Nogqawuse (The musical) which was funded by the National Arts Council and created jobs for more than 40 singers and musicians

When: Thursday Oct 19th – 6:30-9:30

Where: Cates Hill Chapel

Cost:$40 + GST