Jacobs takes Voices of Cape Town to fest

28 July 2009

Lungile Jacobs

Staffer, composer and choral group conductor Lungile Jacobs Ka Nyamezele took his group, Voices of Cape Town, to perform at the Grahamstown Arts Festival.

Having started the Voices of Cape Town and Ingoma Music Ministries projects in 2001 and 2005, their performance during the festival was a milestone.

Jacobs (Development and Alumni Department) was invited by the Festival Committee to prepare a piece that would pay tribute to African composer Michael Moerane, the first black music graduate of a South African university.

The group explored Moerane's harmonic dynamics in musical pieces such as Alina and Morena Tlake. The performance was accompanied by a three-piece jazz band, a contrast to Moerena's classical background.

"Though it was not my first time performing at the festival, this year was very different. It was exciting - very tough because of scheduling performances - but a life changing experience," said Jacobs.

Jacobs started his musical career as a singer before branching into choir training and composing. He was part of the UCT Choir for Africa in 1991.

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