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Ncebakazi Mnukwana

By Ethnomusicology

Ncebakazi Mnukwana has been appointed lecturer of Music Education in 2009 at the University of Stellenbosch Music Department where also teaches Ethnomusicology and has taught World Music.

When awarded an academic scholarship to study towards a Masters in multicultural education at the Oslo University College, Mnukwana became the musical director of Inkululeko (2002 – 2005), a choral ensemble formed by the South African political exiles in Oslo, Norway in the late 1980s. Back in Cape Town she has worked on a volunteering basis as the vocal instructor and conductor for The Pilgrimage Ensemble (2009 – 2012) at the Mowbray Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Currently she is reading for her PhD at the University of Cape Town with a special focus in umngqokolo, the overtone singing of Xhosa-speaking adolescent girls. In 2007, Mnukwana was awarded the Research Associateship and AW Mellon Foundation Scholarship by the University of Cape Town for doctoral studies.

At Stellenbosch University Mnukwana has been the recipient of the AW Mellon Doctoral funding, as a mentee in the AW Mellon Mentorship Programme and a recipient of the Rector’s Award in 2015.

She an active member of the Cape Cultural Collective, where she sings in the multilingual choir Rosa since 2012 and is an indigenous instrumental soundscaper for uHadi (2013), a poetry and musical stage production commissioned for the French South Africa Season 2012 / 2013. She has also been the commissioned music director for Igqhiya Emnyama (2015) by Cindy Mkaza-Siboto for the Infecting the City, Cape Town and Insurrection III The Storming (2015) produced by South African History Online.

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