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Bonga Kutu, originally born at Engcobo (Echobosi Village) in the former Transkei in the Eastern Cape, based at 743 Dunga Street, Duncan Village, East London, 5219

 

Portfolio: Music composer, Specialising in an Indegenous instruments called Umrhube/Inkinga Xhosa Violin in 1991 to realise his career in music.

 

SHORT BACKGROUND:

Bonga (Umlungu) had no formal training in learning how to play this instrument, it was a gift nurtured by his natural talent, he says it came to him in the form of a dream with his ancestors

He unique talent was later identified by the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (Eastern Cape) South Africa when he played at the second Funeral service held for Sara Baartman (Hankey – South Africa 2002)

PERFORMANCE ROUTE TILL TO DATE:

Bonga performed provincially, Nationally and Internationally in major Festivals and Events. He is a principal player with the Eastern Cape Ensemble at The National Arts Festival – Grahamstown from 2001 till to date.  At the FIFA 2010 Football World Cup – Also at the Africa Day and Provincial Heritage Day Celebrations in 2006

He played at the World Expo Festival in London UK in 2002  together with Exhibition performances in China 2002 and then Greece in 2003. The World Expo Festival in Japan – 2005


Some of the People he has worked with:

Xolani Sibuta, Skin Sipoko and D. Papu under Eastern Cape Cultural Ensemble. His playing in the Xolani Sibuta production Twist and Trumpet at National Arts Festival was without a doubt one of the shows highlights, we hope to have some of this footage available in the weeks to come

CURRENT STABILITY/NEW PROJECT:

Bonga has just recorded his first African Indigenous music Album called “Bambelela Ethembeni” which translated from Xhosa means ‘ Hold on faith ‘  it also features the very talented Lumanyano Cultural Group and was recorded in Durban (South Africa) being identified by Impucuzeko and financed by the National Lottery Distribution Fund. It is due To be launched in Mid August 2013

Below is the track Ucith’ umthi taken from his first Album “Bambelela Ethembeni (Hold on faith)” 
it also features the Lumanyano Cultural Group  ~ Enjoy
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