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Biography: Neo Muyanga

2007-03-20 08:57
Neo Muyanga was born in soweto, to a family of Mozambican composers. He inherited the musical tradition of the originators of the "mbila", which features the the forebearers of instruments like the marimba and the xylophone (instruments traders and the slave trade spread worldwide.)

Neo studied the Italian madrigal tradition with choral maestro, piero poclen, while at the United World College in Trieste, Italy.

Neo, together with Masauko Chipembere, founded the acoustic duo, blk sonshine (you'll know their songs "born in a taxi" and "soul smile"), who fast became popular on the underground scene throughout Southern Africa, as well as breaking through in parts of the USA and Europe, with their catchy soul and jazz-infused roots music. Neo also composes music for choir (a collaboration with the Joy of Africa Choir is due for release in 2007).

He created a score for “Cargo”, a contemporary dance piece by jazzart and magnet theatre which reflects on the history of slavery in the Western Cape.

His other work includes music for cinema (Craig and Damon Foster's Cosmic Africa) and television (Architecture of Fear by Nicky Newman).

Neo tours either as a solo performer on nylon string guitar, acoustic piano and mesinko (traditional ethiopian bowed instrument) or with a quartet of improvising musicians on bansuri flutes and harmonium, electric violin, bass and drum set.

(Adapted from info provided via Oppikoppi Productions)
A one-man history of music, Muyanga is a multi-talented performer and composer who speaks many musical languages. A true "world musician".

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