Neo Muyanga

Neo Muyanga

Neo Muyanga is a composer, musician and librettist. Born in Soweto, he studied the madrigal tradition with choral maestro Piero Poclen in Trieste, Italy. In the mid 1990s he co-founded (with Masauko Chipembere) the acoustic pop duo, blk sonshine, and in 2008, co-founded (with Ntone Edjabe) the Pan African Space Station, as a host of cutting-edge Pan African music and sound art on the internet. His recorded albums include: the listening room (2003), fire famine plague and earthquake (2007), good life (2009) and toro tse sekete (2015). His compositions include: sweet metal songs (work songs) for 20 singers (2006); torotoroka (an owl hoots percussive) for piano and alto singer, xylophone (2010); memory of how it feels, a collection of tonal short stories for two narrators, dancer, string quintet, piano and alto singer (2010). His piece thoriso le morusu for soprano and pianoforte (2011) premiered at the Klein Karoo National Artfest, and his operetta The Flower of Shembe premiered to critical acclaim in 2012. He tours widely both as a solo performer and in various groups. He is also affiliated with the Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine.