Neo Muyanga is a renowned South African musician that writes musical 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). Neo 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 as well as internationally. He continues to tour widely, both as a solo performer and in various bands. Neo co-founded the Pan African Space Station in 2008 with Chimurenga’s publishing editor, Ntone Edjabe, to be a continually evolving space for cutting-edge Pan African music and sound art, presented on the internet and across stages in Cape Town and other parts of the globe.
Rangoato Hlasane is an artist, project manager and scholar based in Johannesburg. He holds a master’s degree in visual arts from the University of Johannesburg. His dissertation was an investigation into the role of the arts in mobilising communities; theory he has put into practice for the past five years. He has done creative work for publications such as Chimurenga, as well as facilitated and coordinated collaborative community-based arts and development projects around South Africa. In 2008, recognising a gap between the educational needs of young people and what infrastructure was being provided, Rangoato, together with collaborators Malose Malahlela and Bettina Malcomess, formed the Keleketla! Library, an interdisciplinary library and media arts project based at the Drill Hall in Johannesburg. He says: “Access to quality education is the greatest of obstacles. It’s a problem when a large number of schools in the country do not have adequate facilities and human ... read more