Five of the best South African composers

South Africa's five leading composers 

Five of the best South African composers
Composer Clare Loveday

Neo Muyanga

As a composer and librettist, Muyanga is an important voice in South African opera. His operetta The Flower of Shembe illustrates a Pan-African musical idiom, merging his own roots with influences from greater Africa.




Clare Loveday 

Loveday is a composer at the forefront of advocacy for women in South African music. Particularly known for her saxophone works, her music is often performed in the UK. 



Andile Khumalo

As a student of George Lewis and Tristan Murail, Khumalo is predominantly a spectral composer. He has been featured in South African and international festivals, including the Festival d’Automne.



Amy Crankshaw

Crankshaw is a London-based composer, pianist and French horn player, and was composer-in-residence for the London City Orchestra’s 2016 Summer term, during which the LCO premiered her work Paper Bird.



Cara Stacey

The composer has a strong presence in the UK ethno-experimental scene. Stacey merges her Western piano background with African instruments, which she studied with Dizo Plaatjies (a relative of Lungiswa Plaatjies). 




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