Vuvu Mpofu had never heard opera until, aged 15, she was overwhelmed by a Mozart aria at a school concert. In her home town of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, there were no opera teachers, the library had only one book on the subject, and her classmates were scornful of her interest. But Mpofu overcame all these…Continue Reading “South African Soprano Vuvu Mpofu Is Breaking Boundaries In Europe”
Nigerian Violinist Clintonic Strings is a fantastic performer and one of the most talented young violinists in the country. In his last visit to our studio, the singer serenaded our ears with this beautiful piece titled “What Is A Youth”. Listen to the beautiful rendition below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZgY4HMYcRg
British Nigerian composer and multi-instrumentalist, Tunde Jegede brings a new vision to contemporary African and Western classical music. He plays the kora and cello to create a fusion of sounds. He is also the founder of Nok orchestra based in Nigeria, as he explains in this BBC Africa One Minute Story.
Our Choral Hub feature for the month is of Music Director Daniel Etim. Daniel who has spent years as a classical musician is the director of the Asaph choir. A choir made up of young singers between the ages of 16-22. In our interview with him, he speaks extensively about his career as a music…Continue Reading “Music Director Daniel Etim Speaks On His Journey As Director Of The Asaph Choir”
Nigerian Music Director and Opera Singer Jo Oparamanuike aka ‘Mr Tenor’ recently had a chat with The Guardian, in which he spoke about his passion to develop the Nigerian Opera scene and how that passion helped him create the ‘Comic Opera House’. Read excerpts from the interview below. What brought you back to Nigeria considering…Continue Reading “Jo Oparamanuike Reveals His Ultimate Plan To Inculcate Opera Culture In Nigeria”
Dr Ephraim Amu was one of Ghana’s earliest classical music composer whose works still fill concert halls in Ghana and the world. Written below is a look into the musical works of Ephraim Amu from Bode Omojola’s book “Art Music In Nigeria.” Amu was born in 1899, in Peki, in the Volta Region of Ghana….Continue Reading “CH SPOTLIGHT: Ghanaian Classical Music Pioneer Dr Ephraim Amu”
Composer Ayo Oluranti is an amazing musician whose composition pushes the African narrative of classical music. He is our classical music personality of the week because we believe he is a great example of the large pool of talented composers we have on the African continent who has put the African choral music tradition on…Continue Reading “#ChoralHubSpotlight: Here Are A Few Things To Note About Composer Ayo Oluranti”
The guys over at CMUSE put together a short piece about a few composers people who are just getting to know about Nigerian classical music should get acquainted with. Check out their list below and tell us if you agree with them in the comment section. Via CMUSE With a population of 184 million, Nigeria…Continue Reading “5 Nigerian Composers A Novice To Nigerian Classical Music Should Pay Attention To”
Pretty Yende’s rendition of ‘Panis Angelicus is clean, crisp and a delight to listen to. Careful now, watching the video below is sure going to gaurantee an addiction to this classical music goddess. Watch Africa’s classical music diva below.
Nigerian classical singer and crossover artist, Ranti is set to headline her own show at the Bespoke Center in Lekki, Lagos. The event will see Ranti perform songs in up to seven languages. These include; Yoruba, German Czech, Igbo, Italian, French and of course English. The event tagged ‘Ranti Live in Concert’ will include repertoire…Continue Reading “Ranti ‘Live In Concert’ Will Give You Amazing Musical Moments In Seven Languages!!!”