The KZN Philharmonic is delighted to be among the SAMA 2018 winners for the Best Adult Contemporary album award went to Symphonic Soweto – a collaboration between Grammy Award winning flautist Wouter Kellerman, songstress and Grammy Award winning Anjeliqe Kidjo, the Soweto Gospel Choir and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.
Symphonic Soweto is a moving tribute to the philosophy and ideals of Nelson Mandela, and spoke to the great leader’s tolerance, and his love of music and dance as ways of connecting with people.
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The KZN Philharmonic were also nominated for the SAMA Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album: University of Limpopo Choristers and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra: Matimba Ya Vuyimbeleri.
“I am delighted that the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra has won its first SAMA award for its collaboration with Grammy award winner Wouter Kellerman. 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,” said Bongani Tembe: CEO and Artistic Director of KZN Philharmonic.
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.
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