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Sankofa Profile


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Sankofa Profile

  1. 1. Sankofa Marimba Band
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>Introduction/History 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Vision, Mission & Objectives 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Range of Musical Instruments 5-6 </li></ul><ul><li>Previous Acclaimed Performances 7-8 </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops 9 </li></ul><ul><li>The Band Members 10-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Discography & Videography 13 </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Details 14 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction: The History <ul><li>The name “Sankofa” is an Akan (Ghanaian vernacular) word that means, &quot;We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today”. The band opted to use the name because it believes that one must return to the past in order to move forward. Musical knowledge of the past must be revisited in order to inform the future of musical ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>The band was started in 2005, by a dedicated and experienced team of Wits University students, who enrolled at the Wits School of Arts (WSOA). This led to Sankofa becoming the band that it has evolved into today, with a membership comprising of seven professional musicians, pursuing musical development endlessly. </li></ul><ul><li>It was by sheer luck when one of the original band members came across a young man, who happened to be a professional Marimba player. The young man was introduced to the band and he instantly loved the band concept and the feeling was mutual from the then band members. At first, performances were only on Campus, gradually as the band grew popular, they performed for the School of Arts. Today the band performs in a wide scope of functions ranging from their own concerts, big corporate functions and weddings, celebratory occasions of diverse fashions and national festivals. </li></ul><ul><li>The band is a four piece African Marimbas band, comprising also of African flutes (self-made), mbiras, Jaw Harp, Uhadi and other percussive instruments-agogo, cow bells, rattles, rain stick, djembe’s, congas, bongos. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Vision <ul><li>To be an excellent entertainment company that will promote and perform indigenous African musical instruments within the creative industry in South Africa and abroad. </li></ul>Our mission <ul><li>To increase the level of artistic growth </li></ul><ul><li>To promote and nurture the knowledge of ancient African music through music workshops in high schools in </li></ul><ul><li>Johannesburg. </li></ul><ul><li>To restore the heritage of indigenous African music and its instruments so as to produce informed musicians </li></ul>Objectives <ul><li>To carve new musical directions in which African musical instruments can be fused with modern musical instruments (i.e. guitars, violins, etc) to form an eclectic sound. </li></ul><ul><li>To restore the traditional heritage of the past. </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually establishing ourselves internationally and sharing our music with the rest of the world, both young and old. </li></ul><ul><li>To infuse a mixture of other art forms such as dancing, poetry, acting and singing with our music. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Range of Musical Instruments African Flutes Kora Uhadi Bows
  6. 6. Marimba Percussion Mbira Kudu Horn
  7. 7. Previous Acclaimed Performances <ul><li>Wits University: Judge Edwin Cameron’s Farewell Dinner Wits University Open Day Functions </li></ul><ul><li>Shared stage with Ringo Madlingozi at the Gallagaher Estate for Media Awards Ceremony </li></ul><ul><li>Apartheid Museum : Human Rights/Gay Rights Function </li></ul><ul><li>Recorded with Pops Mohamed for German Audio Library </li></ul><ul><li>Another Collaboration with Sydney Mavuso & Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph as part of the Celebration Orchestra in a concert celebrating the State of Israel’s 60 th Anniversary in Wits Great Hall </li></ul>2008 2009 <ul><li>Johannesburg Earthdance Arts Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Brent Russell’s Wedding at Mangwa Valley Game Lodge </li></ul><ul><li>Launch of website Rise Africa in Monte Casino </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborating on Sankofa’s first studio album with Bheki Khoza & Tim Kraft at the Academy </li></ul><ul><li>of Sound Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Residency at House of Nsako live music venue/ Restaurant, co-owned by Neo </li></ul><ul><li>Muyanga & Sifiso Ntuli </li></ul>
  8. 8. 2007 <ul><li>Gallagher Estate : Local Government Award Ceremony </li></ul><ul><li>SABC 2 Morning Live Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Stellenbosch University’s International Chamber Music Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Grahamstown National Arts festival doing our production- Echoes of Remembrance </li></ul><ul><li>Showcased Echoes of Remembrance in the 969 festival at Wits Amphitheatre </li></ul><ul><li>Jewish Weddings at The Sandton Shul </li></ul><ul><li>Wits University: Origins Centre for Absa Women’s Evening Celebration </li></ul><ul><li>Wits University: Launch of the Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Weddings at Maropeng </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborated with Marcus Wyatt, Sydney Mavuso & Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph as part of the Celebration Orchestra in a production entitled Voices for Africa in Wits Great Hall </li></ul>2006 <ul><li>Stellenbosch University’s International Chamber Music Festival </li></ul><ul><li>SABC Headquarters : launch of the Vukuzenzele Radio Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Hilton Hotel : The South African-Italian Awards Ceremony </li></ul><ul><li>Jewish Weddings at The Sandton Shul </li></ul><ul><li>Weddings at the Cradle of Mankind </li></ul><ul><li>Market Theatre - international musical production ‘ Elephant ’ </li></ul><ul><li>Winners of the Open Category Section in the very first National Marimba Competition </li></ul><ul><li>in Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa . </li></ul>
  9. 9. Workshops <ul><li>Joburg Carnival Kids Music Project initiated by the Dept. of Sports & Recreation in collaboration with Sankofa (SMDA) & Curriculum Development Program Centre of Arts & Culture (CDP) </li></ul><ul><li>Initiated Marimba & African Percussion Workshops project in primary & secondary schools under our NGO Sankofa Music Development Association (SMDA) </li></ul>2009 2007 <ul><li>Sankofa conducted African music composition, improvisation & playing techniques workshops </li></ul><ul><li>at Stellenbosch University’s International Chamber Music Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Worked with Pedro ‘The Music Man’ Espi-Sanchis on Vuvuzela Orchestra (ongoing project) </li></ul>2006 <ul><li>Sankofa conducted African music composition, improvisation & playing techniques workshops </li></ul><ul><li>at Stellenbosch University’s International Chamber Music Festival </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Band Members Samora 'Eitaniel' Ntsebeza: Director Instruments : Percussions, Voice & Marimba Samora was born in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa. He has completed a BMus 4 year degree at Witwatersrand University in 2006. In 1999 Samora was selected to star in the musical &quot;FAME&quot; which was staged at the Monument Theatre in Grahamstown, at age 15. In 2001 he was a member of the &quot;Duke of Cornwall singers&quot; singing ensemble of St. Stithians Boys College which toured to Argentina in 2002. He toured Argentina again in 2003, this time singing with the Wits University Choir under the training of Dalene Hoogenout. At St. Stithians Boy’s College, he won the 'Saints singer of the Year' competition. Moipone Elizabeth Khomari: Road Manager and Logistics Officer Instruments: Voice & Marimba. She was born in Pretoria, South Africa and she has a Bmus Dtegree from Wits University. Aspirations : I aspire to be one of the best soprano singers ever born and bred in South Africa. I plan to take on the world. I plan to be part of the Marimba band for a long time to come and see it through when we flourish. I want to see the band’s full potential manifest and grow with it – whilst incorporating singing simultaneously.
  11. 11. David Lephoto: Financial Officer Instruments: Voice, Mbira, Piano & Marimba David has completed a Bmus Degree at Wits University. He was a digital music technology tutor for two years at Wits University. He has worked in the State Theatre on “I Mike What I Like” with Kgafela Oa Magogodi and an animated play by Wits masters animation students. Inspirations: I enjoy tackling life’s challenges, obstacles because they help me to conceptualise my future better. Joe Ntsako Makhanza: Head of Marketing Instruments: Percussions, Voice, Mbira, Flute & Marimba. Joe was born in Giyani, South Africa. He has a BMus Degree from Wits University, a Diploma in Arts Marketing also from Wits and a Certificate in Advertising and Graphic Design from Damelin. Joe has been blessed with a vast knowledge of designing making Indigenous Instrument. Aspirations: My purpose is to heal people through music. Music for me is not just about entertainment, it is also about life itself. It’s my life! I sleep, walk, talk and eat music. Olaotse Lekau Mmileng: Artistic Director Instruments: Percussions & Marimba. Olautse was born in Mafikeng. He started playing marimba at school in Mmabatho under the influence of Mr. Cushman. He is a marimba player by profession and has always had a huge interest in ethnic music and instrument like African drums although his passion lies within the marimba. He has been involved in the Love Life games and reached the national two years in a row, in 2002 he toured internationally to Shangai, China. Aspirations : to the best that I can be, myself.
  12. 12. Alfred Elikem Kunutsor: Artistic Director Instruments: Percussions & Marimba. Alfred was born in Accra-Ghana. He has completed a BADA Degree and now finishing his Masters Degree at Wits University . Alfred is not only a musician but a choreographer and a professional dancer. Inspiration: I get inspired by tuning into the spirit of the instruments that I play, the drums, (traditional to my culture) which continually connects me with my inner being in order to change the situation and the environment around me. Ignatia Cynthia Madalane: Administration Officer Instruments : Percussions, Voice & Marimba Ignatia was born in Limpopo, South Africa. She finished her Bmus Degree at Wits University and currently she is doing her last year of Masters Degree also from Wits University. She is dancer as well as a song writer. In 1999 she joined a Gospel music group called Voices of Praise from Witbank, which she recorded an album with and which she later headed as the music director .
  13. 13. Discography <ul><li>Demo Album (recorded at SABC RBF Studios) </li></ul><ul><li>Sankofa “Live” Recorded at Stellenbosch Univ. International Chamber Music Festival </li></ul><ul><li> (ongoing recording with KK Diaz MD of Liber8 Records) </li></ul>Videography <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>(containing footage of workshops, rehearsals, </li></ul><ul><li>performances, documentary clips) </li></ul><ul><li>DVD ( Celebration Orchestra concert </li></ul><ul><li>celebration of State of Israel’s 60th Anniversary in </li></ul><ul><li>Wits Great Hall ) </li></ul><ul><li>DVD (Sankofa’s Echoes of Remembrance </li></ul><ul><li>Theatre Production) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Contact/Booking Details <ul><li>Samora Ntsebeza </li></ul><ul><li>Director </li></ul><ul><li>Sankofa Marimba Band </li></ul><ul><li>C : 082 798 4028 </li></ul><ul><li>Email : </li></ul><ul><li>Joe Makhanza </li></ul><ul><li>Head: Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Sankofa Marimba Band </li></ul><ul><li>C : 082 934 7735 </li></ul><ul><li>Email : </li></ul>[email_address]