WALE 5.0 is set to be awash with new, groundbreaking performances, one of which is the highlight for African musical heritage, the Khabi Mngoma Memorial Lecture.
The lecture is set to pay homage to Mngoma, in life a Professor in Music, who has had a vast influence on African music through his extensive career as a leading academic and cultural activist in the service of the sung word during his life.
Prof. Mngoma is also the father of renowned South African singer Sibongile Khumalo and musician Lindumuzi Mngoma. The lecture, tipped to be a moving tribute to this African musical giant, takes place on Friday, 11 May 2012 in the Wits Main Theatre at 19:00. Everyone is welcome to join WALE 5.0.
The lecture will be presented by prominent South African businessman Dr Reuel Khoza, to honour the man, his life and his work. There will be several aspects to the evening: Dr Sipho Nzimande, a former student of Prof. Mngoma and Sibongile Khumalo, will be in conversation and respond to the lecture.
The proceedings will also include a short performance by the Gauteng Choristers, illustrating the different facets of Prof. Mngoma’s work.
A photo exhibition on the life and times of Prof. Mngoma, curated by Bongi Dhlomo in the foyer of the Wits Downstairs Theatre forms part of the celebration of this formidable man. The exhibition will show previously unseen pictures and will offer a rare personal glimpse into the life of Prof. Mngoma.