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Soweto String QuartetLocation: Based in Johannesburg
The Soweto String Quartet is a group that needs no introduction. This celebrated four-piece was formed in 1989 at the Madimba School of Music, by the Khamese brothers, violinists Sandile and Thami and cellist, Reuben. The three brothers attended their uncle’s music school with Sandile and Reuben later serving as violinists in the Soweto Symphony Orchestra, and they were joined by violist Makhosini Mnguni to complete the now legendary quartet.
The phenomenon of four black Classical musicians from a South African Township is a political statement in itself. The Soweto String Quartet initially faced criticism from peers for their use and study of traditional European instruments, but the four-piece shrugged off criticism and continued to develop a new "African" string quartet sound which incorporated Kwela and other native dance rhythms, as well as inspiration from the syncopated guitars of Mbaqanga, the saxophones and trumpets of swaying African jazz and the joyous harmony of Isicathamiya.
Coming out of the Apartheid era, the foursome took South Africa by storm in the 90's with their unique sound; and the group was soon fully booked with engagements ranging from corporate showcases and private functions to concerts and festival across the country and internationally. They also did a 9 month residency stint at Sun City, which is where Grahame Beggs from BMG records noticed them, which resulted in their first record deal.
The sound is fresh, vibrant and funky, and certainly not that of a traditional string quartet. Some would categorise it under the genre Classical Crossover, but even this term which is widely used for contemporised Classical music, does not define their unique blend of Classical, township Jazz, pop and Jive sounds; the Soweto String Quartet has become a genre in itself!
One of the Soweto String Quartet's career highlights remain performing at ex-President Nelson Mandela's inauguration, and the group is said to be Mandela's favourite band!
- Our World (CD)
- Renaissance (CD)
- Zebra Crossing (CD)
- Millenia (CD)
- Four (CD)
- Sandile Khemese (1st Violin & Music Director)
- Thami Khemese (2nd Violin)
- Makhosini Mnguni (Viola)
- Reuben Khemese (Cello)
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Typical Budget for Soweto String Quartet is
R30000 - R60000.
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