Celebrating Sibongile Khumalo’s 60th birthday

Market Theatre Foundation
08/29/2017 15:09:31

What better way can there be to honour Sibongile Khumalo on her 60th birthday than by documenting and celebrating her musical heritage, legacy and contribution with a culturally rich musical chronicle tribute. One that is as diverse as our country’s heritage and Khumalo’s considerable talents.

Sibongile Khumalo is an esteemed member of a musical dynasty that spans generations and is widely regarded as a living legend and national treasure. To honour her standing and celebrate her 60th birthday on 24 September 2017, Magnolia Vision Records in association with the Market Theatre and Kaya FM, will be hosting an unparalleled 3-day concert titled “Sibongile Khumalo - More Than 3 Faces” from 22 – 24 September 2017 at the Market Theatre in Newtown.

The “More Than 3 Faces” Concert Triune draws inspiration from the singular narrative of “the passing on of the proverbial baton”. This narrative is as vital to Sibongile Khumalo’s own growth as it is central to her contribution to the cultural industries as an arts educator and administrator, singer-songwriter, composer, performer and mentor.

Each of the three concerts will tell a different part of Khumalo’s story, tracking the baton through her lineage and legacy and each night the chronicle continues. The “More Than 3 Faces Concert Triune” is an allegory and metaphor of the Circle of Life, Creation and our Inter-connectedness brought to life.

“Through the “More Than 3 Faces” concert triune, we aim to celebrate Sibongile Khumalo’s life and give thanks for the music that has, over the years been an inspiration to audiences the world over.” says Ayanda Khumalo, executive producer.

Sibongile Khumalo - More Than 3 Faces Concert Schedule

Friday, 22 September 2017: Haya Khongisa, Haya

As the first chapter of three, we journey back to where it all began. Sibongile Khumalo will be accompanied by a youthful chamber orchestra and vocal ensemble. In this instalment, we explore the rich musical heritage from our past that deeply impacted the artist Sibongile Khumalo has become as she symbolically passes on the baton to a new crop of young singers.

She will perform selections from the Haya Mtwan’Omkhulu (Sing Princess) song cycle, taken from Princess Magogo’s vast repertoire, which she recorded in 2005; selections from The Princess Magogo ka Dinuzulu Opera; and selections from uShaka ka Senzangakhona - The Epic Poem, all composed or arranged by Professor Mzilikazi Khumalo.

The programme will also include compositions by Motsumi Makhene, Bongani Ndodana, Isak Roux, and Phillip Miller, as well as arrangements of her favorite choral pieces.

Saturday 23 September 2017: Dreaming in Color

The second chapter of this musical chronicle is a quintessential Sibongile Khumalo performance.

A minimalistic set sees 2 flanking grand pianos surrounded by a Jazz trio and voices, setting the stage for a grand musical experience. She will be joined by a Grammy award winning pianist with whom she will create an evening of magic and splendour.

Sunday 24 September 2017: From Ancient Evenings to This Evening

The last chapter of the Musical Chronicle is a celebration of the musical legacy of Sibongile Khumalo. “From Ancient Evenings to This Evening,” falls on Sibongile’s birthday and for this spectacular presentation Magnolia Vision Records have identified inspirational young singers who venerate Khumalo’s artistry. These exceptional young Artists have all made a mark on her musical journey.

The creative team comprises of the mega talents of Warona Seane as Creative Director and Marcus Desando directing “Haya Khongisa, Haya;” with long-time collaborator Mdu Mtshali and Tshepo Mngoma at the helm of the musical direction for this grand musical portrait.

Tickets will be available through or at the Market Theatre Box office in Newtown Johannesburg. Single day tickets are available for R300 while a 3-day pass is only R760.

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