Kgaugelo Mpyane is a BMus graduate from the University of Free State, majoring in viola and voice. He studied viola with the violist Jeanne-Louise Moolman and voice with Peet van Heerden. As a young artist Kgaugelo is a sought after soloist and chamber musician. He appeared with South Africa’s top orchestras as soloist in various concerto festivals and gala concerts. Kgaugelo’s love for choral music stems from his childhood days as a member of the Tshwane Children’s choir. He has since been active in the choral industry where he appears with South African choirs as a soloist. He is also a member of the recently relaunched Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and is the principal violist of the MIAGI Youth Orchestra and the Mzansi Classical Players. Kgaugelo furthermore teaches music at Soshanguve High School and is a viola and voice tutor at the Unisa Music Foundation. He is currently doing his MMus at Africa Open Institute at Stellenbosch University under the guidance of Professor Christine Lucia.
Not many people get the chance to know and research the composer Michael Moerane, the “unsung hero” of African choral music. One of the objectives of my research is to explain and interpret his music in relation to his life, so that people can learn more about him.
When I was busy with my final year dissertation I realized that the lacunae of knowledge is not because there is nothing to say about the “giants” of African choral music (among them are Moerane, Mohapeloa, Caluza, Marivate, Monomiya and Pule), but simply because so little research has been done on these African composers. However, some scholars have done research and are continuing to make sure that these African composers get exposure.
The other reason why my research focuses on Moerane is because I am a member of the of Moerane Critical Edition project which is funded by the Mellon Foundation and is situated at Africa Open Institute at Stellenbosch University. The project is supervised by Christine Lucia who had previously completed a critical edition on Mohapeloa. This is a group driven project were each member of the group is given a different task suited to our research interests. On this way a large body of research is produced during the critical edition project. The objective of this project is to bring out a new scholarly digital edition of Moerane’s music, and my contribution to this project is to transcribe and edit those works that focus on natural phenomena. I will also write a dissertation on these works.
As far back as I can remember I have had a passion for music and technology. I recall teaching myself how to program Basic and use it to make my computer reproduce a piece I was learning on the piano. This was my first exploration into representing music in a way a computer could understand: as a series of numbers indicating pitch and duration. I continued to explore music and computing, using the Apple Macintosh II in the University of Durban-Westville’s recording studio to study computer-based music. When I went to Pretoria University to finish my BMus, I explored areas such as notation software, helping students notate examples for their theses. I then moved into technology full-time and have been working in software development professionally ever since, helping companies and individuals solve problems using technology. To keep the creativity flowing, I have developed a home music studio where I create music using a computer, a MIDI keyboard, and various software programs.
My aim is to prepare documentation describing how the existing website www.african-composers-edition.co.za could be scaled up into a digital platform for the publication and scholarly study of the more neglected music of South Africa, beginning with the music of M.M. Moerane. The objective is to design and build the system this upscaling requires within the new field of South African critical editions, for the display of music scores, recordings, and documents. In the first instance these will relate to the Andrew Mellon Moerane Critical Edition, but in the second they can support any number of future digital editions. A secondary objective is to document the entire process of building the new platform so that this new digital field in Africa can be more easily understood and expanded in future, and so that new opportunities for digital musicology in South Africa can be opened up.
? The research for, and development of this platform and these new opportunities is motivated by the following concerns:
? Lack of access to black South African music repertoires both nationally and internationally;
? Lack of access to information about African choral music;
? Lack of visibility of some southern African composers and musics, especially notated choral music;
? Limited professionalization in the choral music industry due to an absence of critically authenticated scores and recordings and well-researched information;
? Vanishing repertoires and documentation associated with them;
? Inadequate knowledge about royalty collection and the legal uses of music.
In order to address these concerns, my research aims to explore, identify, develop and extend the vocabulary for, and begins to address practical problems relating to, a new application of digital technology in the field of South African musicology, thereby expanding existing concepts in the digital humanities into the musicological sphere and opening up greater possibilities for transdisiplinarity.
Beatrix completes her BMus degree (cum laude – University of Stellenbosch) in clarinet performance in 2007 under Maria du Toit. From 2006-2012 she occupies the Sub-Principal chair in the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, whereafter she performs ad hoc. From 2013-2014 she studies under Ron Selka at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv. Beatrix is currently enrolled for an MMus degree in clarinet performance degree at the University of Sellenbosch. Her practical component is completed under Jimmy Reinders at SU Conservatorium. Beatrix is currently working on a 50% thesis under supervision of Dr. Hilde Roos at the African Open Institute. On the side, she completes two first year courses in Biblical Hebrew – the first an online course through Hebrew University (Jesusalem) and the second at the University of Stellenbosch Department of Ancient Studies.
For her current Mmus thesis, Beatrix is investigating a music anthology from the South African Jewish Music Centre collection at DOMUS (Documentation Centre for Music).
I am a composition master’s student at AOI. I am studying under the guidance of Marc Röntsch, Stephanus Muller and Reza Khota. I attained my degree in composition in the Stellenbosch Konservatorium in 2017.
The primary focus of my research is the expansion of the Heavy Metal genre. This includes a resulting composition exploiting these ideas of expansion in performance spaces for western art music and popular music
Hi!I’m Ashrudeen Waggie, I am currently 23 years old and enrolled in Stellenbosch University for my Masters in History. I am also planning on doing my PHD degree in the near future. I find doing History as a subject very interesting as I learn new things about the world and new ways of understanding old things. I love exercising, dancing and doing any type of sport when I have the time.
At this point in time my research question is still in flux but I am planning on focussing on resistance by musicians during the 1970’s in Southern Africa. Specifically, Who these musicians were that came to perform in Southern Africa? And why did they come during a period when the cultural boycotts were in full swing? But as I shift to the material my focus is subject to change.