« South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen explores how his operas Winnie, The Opera based on the life of Winnie Mandela and Hani based on slain activist Chris Hani, emerged out of his country’s turbulent socio-political history. Beyond the historical narrative, Ndodana-Breen will expound his ideas on African indigenous languages and culture in opera. The discussion includes the influence of African music and anti-apartheid protest music in his compositional style, and how these take up residency within his operatic work.
Dr. Bongani Ndodana-Breen was in 2019/2020 a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University and received his PhD in composition at Rhodes University in South Africa. He is not only well-known for his academic reflections on South African opera production but also received international acclaim for his opera composition Winnie, The Opera, which premiered in 2011 in Pretoria. After Dr. Bongani Ndodoana-Breen’s talk we invite all participants to engage with us in a discussion on the topic. »
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