Fellows' Presentation

Mzansi's Other Voices

Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

Part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Bongani Ndodana-Breen RI '20

Free and open to the public.

At Radcliffe, Bongani Ndodana-Breen is completing a book that challenges entrenched notions on the value of indigenous African culture in the discourse on South African classical music and its historic lack of representation of black composers. His research offers a rarely explored Afrocentric view on South African composition during apartheid to the dawn of democracy with a reflection on the impact of the current decolonization debate stemming from the #RhodesMustFall movement. Alongside the book, Ndodana-Breen will complete a new orchestral work exploring the indigenous African techniques and practices explored in his research, offering a creative context to some of the commentary by such scholars as V. Kofi Agawu, Akin Euba, J.H. Kwabena Nketia, and Martin Scherzinger.