Neo Muyanga

Field of Practice:

Aural & Physical, Jury Core Group, Thematic Focus

City, Country:

Kapstadt, South Africa

Year:

2020, 2021

Neo Muyanga was born in Soweto. He studied the Italian madrigal tradition with choral maestro, Piero Poclen, in Trieste/Italy. In the mid 90’s he co-founded the acoustic pop duo, blk sonshine with Masauko Chipembere, garnering a following throughout Southern Africa and internationally.

Neo Muyanga writes music plays, chorus songs and has a variety of works for chamber and large ensemble. His operetta The Flower of Shembe premiered to critical acclaim in 2012.

He continues to tour widely both as a solo performer and in various band guises. Neo co-founded the Pan-African space station in 2008 with Chimurenga’s publishing editor, Ntone Edjabe, as a continually evolving host of cutting-edge Pan-African music and sound art on the internet and across stages in Cape Town and other parts of the globe.