iPhupho L’ka Biko


iPhupho L’ka Biko is an Afrikanist band of Azania, based in Johannesburg. The collective was formed 2015 in Braamfontein by bassist and composer Nhlanhla Ngqaqu who was born in Kagiso. The band is composed of rhythm, horns and vocal sections. iPhupho refers to God the giver and fulfiller of dreams, and Biko speaks to black consciousness. The band, therefore, seeks to spiritually awaken and to conscientize the masses through music. iPhupho L'ka Biko band members are:
Nhlanhla Ngqaqu - bass
Sibusiso Malindzisa - keys
Lebohang Moleleki - drums
Tumi Pheko - long cornet
Khutjo Nkwana - alto sax
Kgethi Nketsi - trombone
Miseka Gaqa - vocals
Pulane Mafatshe - vocals
Moeketsi Kgotle - vocal
Koketso Poho - vocals
Sibusiso Mkhize - vocals

In the past years iPhupho L’ka Biko has ventured into collaborations with the likes of bra Khaya Mahlangu, Makhafula Vilakazi, Msaki, Siyabonga Mthembu, Kinsmen and Hymphatic Thabs.

In collaboration with Brownswood Recordings, iPhupho L’ka Biko in 2021 released a single which is part of a compilation album 'Indaba Is', co-produced by Thandi Ntuli and Siyabonga Mthembu. The song ‘Abaphezulu’ features Siyabonga Mthembu and Kinsmen. In the same year, iPhupho L’ka also released their hit single ‘uThixo uKhona’ with Platoon.

In 2022, the collective will drop their much-anticipated debut album.

Previous Music Festivals:
- Makhelwane Festival 2022
- Smoking Dragon 2021
- Fees Must Fall/Free Education Live 2016
- ALT BLK Power Station Fingo Festival 2019
- Qamata Festival 2019
- Abantu Book Festival 2017
- Makhanda National Arts Festival 2016
- Fete De La Musique Festival 2016
- Wits 969 Arts Festival 2018

Performance Venues:
· Afrikan Freedom Station
· The Orbit Jazz Club
· Wits Main Theatre
· Soweto Theatre
· Pan Afrikan Space Station
· Keleketla Library
· Stellenbosch University Conservatoire (won jazz ensembles competition, October 2016)
and many more...


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