Orchestra shares awards glory

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra on the steps of the Durban City Hall.

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BY BILLY SUTER

A COLLABORATIVE album involving the Durban-based KZN Philharmonic has received a South African Music Award as Best Adult Contemporary album.

The accolade went to Symphonic Soweto, a collaboration between Grammy Award-winning flautist Wouter Kellerman, songstress and Grammy Award winning Anjelique Kidjo, the Soweto Gospel Choir and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.

Symphonic Soweto has been described as a moving tribute to the philosophy and ideals of Nelson Mandela, and speaks to the great leader’s tolerance, and his love of music and dance as ways of connecting with people.

The SAMAs were hosted over two nights, June 1 and 2, at Sun City and shown live on SABC1.

“The orchestra is delighted to have been part of such an historic collaboration working alongside internationally respected music-makers Wouter Kellerman, Anjelique Kidjo, the Soweto Gospel Choir and guests Rocky Dawuni, Zonke and Buskaid. Three of the tracks on the album were orchestrated by KZN Philharmonic Orchestra manager, John Walton,” states a press release.

“The orchestra is honoured to be nominated alongside two excellent albums – hard-working, acoustic contemporary-folk artist, Josie Field’s Indie Soul and big band-inspired trio, Swing City’s Now Listen Properly, featuring Loyiso Bala, Graeme Watkins and Nathan Ro.”

The KZNPO was also nominated for a Sama in the category of Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album. This was for the University of Limpopo Choristers and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Matimba Ya Vuyimbeleri.

“I am delighted that the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra has won its first Sama awar. I am also pleased at our second nomination for the CD of music of JS Khosa, which highlights our commitment to also pursuing music which reflects our heritage,” says Bongani Tembe , chief executive officer and a  artistic director of the KZNPO.

“Being part of such projects is an important counterpoint to the already extensive work of the orchestra – doing far-reaching educational and development projects; educational schools concerts; performances at old age homes and milestone civic occasions such as the Sibaya’s CSI celebratory function, and the Royal Show.

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra starts its Winter Symphony Season in the Playhouse Opera Theatre on Thursday, June 7. Concerts will continue, every Thursday, until June 28.


2 thoughts on “Orchestra shares awards glory

  1. Good evening Bill

    Does someone have a website where I can see the KZNPO programme for each concert of the winter and other seasons?

    Best regards and thanks for all your information. Dave Raulstone

    On Tue, 5 Jun 2018, 15:15 …..SoSuterBill….., wrote:

    > sosuterbill posted: ” > ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……………….. > BY BILLY SUTER A COLLABORATIVE album involving the Durban-based KZN > Philharmonic has received a South African Music Award as Best Adult Conte” >

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